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Biography

  • Years Active

    1996 – present (22 years)

There are multiple artists that have recorded as The Witches.

1. A sixties girl group, originally from Long Island, New York
2. The Manchester, UK based band
3. The Israeli girl rock band.
4. The garage-rock tempest from Detroit, USA.
5. The Ska-punk band from South Korea.

1. The Witches were a sixties girl group, originally from Long Island, New York. They had previously been known as The Montells and as The Pussycats and later, with the addition of Raymond Berry, as Witches & The Warlock. They sang background vocals to The Drifters 'Saturday Night At The Movies'. Original members were Mary and Charlotte Parsons, Edythe Flemmings and Sheron Regular. By the time they broke up in 1968 only Charlotte remained.

2. The Witches formed in Manchester, UK late 2007. The line up was Gib Lyn, Trebor Smith, Karl Starchild Astbury and Walt Gilbert. Mostat James joined the band adding keyboards and samples in 2009.

3. The Witches was am Israeli group that active in the years 1992-1997.
They were fronted by Inbal Perlmutter(ענבל פרלמוטר). Perlmutter founded the band, along with Ifat Netz and Yael Cohen.

The band began to perform in clubs around Israel, and got public notice on a TV show called “Songs of the Sea of Galilee”, hosted by Naomi Shemer. The Witches performed a sensual version of Shemer’s song Kesem ‘Al Yam Kinneret (“Magic on the Sea of Galilee”) which astounded both the audience and the host. This version was recorded in April 1993, and was released as a DJ record with cover art by Perlmutter.

In early 1994, the band released its first album, Ad Ha-Oneg Ha-Ba (“Till the Next Pleasure”). Perlmutter wrote the lyrics and composed nearly all the songs. Thanks to Korin Alal’s arrangement and production, the band succeeded in creating an energetic guitar rock album which gained immense popularity and was certified gold. Following the album’s release, the band had dozens of concerts. Some of them were held on Friday the 13th under the title “The Night of the Witches”, and featured guest singers Korin Alal and Dana Berger.

In March/April 1995, The Witches released its second album, Zmanim Muzarim (“Strange Times”). This time they arranged and produced the entire album themselves. Again, Perlmutter wrote all the lyrics and composed all but one song. The album was less popular than their first.

The band continued holding concerts frequently and was often a warm-up act for Björk.

In April 1996, the band released its third album, Ha-Mechashefot Mitkasot (“The Witches Covers”), a collection of all the cover songs they recorded in their early days. The only popular cover not on this album was “Sweet Dreams”; Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics had refused to allow the band’s version of her song to be released. In protest, Perlmutter distributed the song on an underground tape; on the cover, which she had designed, were inscribed the words “Shit Rights”.

After the release of this album, The Witches became considerably less active, although they never officially announced that they were disbanding. They held their final concert in September 1996. Perlmutter died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 26.

4. The Witches from Detroit have been together for ten years and are fronted by local underground legend, Mr. Troy Gregory (also of The Dirtbombs fame). Gregory also did a short stint in the heavy metal act Prong.

The Witches style can be described as having been influenced by the '60s pop sound but melanged dirty garage rock.

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