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Witch

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There are four bands and one singer of this name:

1) The group Witch was born in 2005 from a marriage of apparently contradictory influences. J Mascis, renown as the vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of Dinosaur Jr. (and Heavy Blanket, Upsidedown Cross) and his long time friend Dave Sweetapple (Sweet Apple, Cobra Verde) were interested in forming a hard rock band. They found willing and able conspirators in Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) and Asa Irons, both also members of New England avant-folk outfit Feathers. This line-up mounts a mighty sonic tumult that harkens back to classic heavy metal sound of early 70’s outfits while still sounding modern in it’s assault (and without falling into the ubiquitous “Stoner Rock” pigeonhole). Instead of clinging to his forte, the electric guitar, J Mascis instead plays his first instrument, the drums. Witch’s trademark sound (particularly in their early work) shows obvious Black Sabbath influence and moments of Black Flag has also been noted for their sophomore effort, Paralyzed.

2) Japanese female singer / songwriter. Circle: Sound CYCLONE

3) Duo formed in 1980 by S. Joplin Babashoff and The Bird (later joined by guitarist Gloonis Botnik to create a trio). Over the past 26 years, Witch has recorded and released over 15 albums.

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