Nashville’s All Them Witches have released their new album, Sleeping Through the War, via New West Records and announced UK headline tour dates. Following appearances confirmed at the Secret Garden Party and Truck Festivals, All Them Witches will return to the UK in September and October for their biggest UK headline tour yet.
The Punk Site review of Sleeping Through The War can be found here
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Sleeping Through The War
New West Records
Nashville based psych rock quartet All Them Witches have returned with their latest album, Sleeping Through The War, that will be released released via New West Records on February 24th, 2017. All Them Witches have never a band to settle on a style or formula, despite the success of their 2015 album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, their latest album heads off down another path, one that feels like a further progression down their idiosyncratic highway. Sleeping Through The War is a timely album, it’s title reflects the current turbulent situation in the world and how many people are reacting to these events, but whilst it challenges the lethargy, this is also an album that provides a welcome escape.
The epic track Bulls opens Sleeping Through The War, a dreamy slice of mellow psyche that’s edged with vintage fuzz that slowly builds up the pace and then eases you back down again, Don’t Bring Me Coffee is a more strident number, more akin to experimental post psychedelic bands of the early 1970’s, the era before rock monsters stalked the earth. The lead single from the album, Bruce Lee, brings a charged slice of garage fuelled psyche, this kind of number is what I’ve always felt was the missing element from an All Them Witches set, and it’s good to hear the kind of track I always hoped they’d produced introduced into their repertoire, in contrast 3.5.7 and Am I Going Up? are a duo of heady floating psyche influenced number that maintains the suspicious haze that is a trademark of an All Them Witches album. The final three numbers are lysergic tinged epic trips, their multi layered echo and reverb drenched soundscapes resonate with the authentic feel of west coast psychedelia, in particular the nine minute closing number, Guess I’ll Go Live On The Internet, is the prefect soundtrack for a journey to the centre of the mind.
All Them Witches are clearly considering the heavy times in which we all live, but they also encompassing influences and styles from the past. Sleeping Through The War feels very much like the natural successor to their 2015 album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, but at the same time it also surpasses their previous recordings. I was lucky enough to catch All Them Witches on one of last years three European tours, live they stand out alone amongst modern psyche as they capture of the original essence of psychedelia without sounding like an anachronism, and their albums are a reflection of what the manage to convey live. Every album has improved and broadened their sound, Sleeping Through The War is a fine slice of psyche, but their constant forward momentum has already made me start looking forward to their next album.
Sleeping Through The War will be available on all formats and can be pre-ordered here.
Nashville based psych rock quartet All Them Witches have shared a new music video for the track 3-5-7, the second track to be revealed from their forthcoming album, Sleeping Through The War, that is due for release via New West Records on February 24th. The video for 3-5-7 was directed by Robby Staebler, drummer of All Them Witches and artist and photographer in his own right.
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Nashville based psych rock quartet All Them Witches will return with their new album Sleeping Through The War via New West Records on February 24th, 2017. Lead single Bruce Lee is a perfect distillation of their aesthetic, whirlwind guitars, way out vocals and propulsive rhythms that recall Springsteen’s late night power drives as much as they do Kyuss riding into the blood red sunset. All Them Witches have also announced US tour dates in support of Sleeping Through The War. The tour kicks off in Nashville on February 24th and tickets go on sale November 18th.
Sleeping Through The War can be pre-ordered here
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Live In Brussels
Ahead of their October tour of the UK, Nashville’s All Them Witches released Live In Brussels, a new live album recorded at Belgium’s Ancienne Belgique whilst on their first European tour in March 2016. Live In Brussels continues All Them Witches tradition of releasing live recordings off their own back, direct to their fans, who are as loyal as they come. On their recent summer tour across North America the band were robbed of $4500’s worth of their venue checks and merchandise sales, and faced little other option than to set up an online donation page to try and recoup lost funds in the middle of the tour, their fans impressively topped the goal in under 24 hours. So what has caused this level of dedication amongst their fan base?
The first observation is that for an album release that All Them Witches are giving away the quality is stunning, every note and instrument is crystal clear. The opening number, The Death Of Coyote Woman, has elements of The Doors at their peak along with some fine blues stylings. Funeral For a Great Dying Bird eases into When God Comes Back and the tempo increases and this incorporates some excellent fuzz drenched guitar work. All Them Witches build up and bring down the pace throughout Live In Brussels building up to the triumphant final track My Last Name Is The Blues. This is an accomplished fourteen track live album of laid back psychedelia, blues and stoner rock, and if you have any love for the bands of the mid to late 1960’s that pioneered this style then you should really be adding this to your collection.
All Them Witches first two studio albums, 2012’s Our Mother Electricity and 2014’s Lightning at the Door, laid the groundwork for where we find ourselves today, their latest LP Dying Surfer Meets His Maker has seem them evolve into a sophisticated psych-rock outfit that remains faithful to the bands that paved the way for them. Live In Brussels follows on from their critically acclaimed new album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker and it is a live album as it oughta be, a complete and uncut live performance without overdubs. As Live In Brussels is available as a ‘name your price’ download you really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by checking this band out
Dying Surfer Meets His Maker can be purchased here
Live In Brussels can be downloaded as a ‘name your price’ download here
The Punk Site‘s live review of All Them Witches from October 2016 can be read here
Ahead of their forthcoming UK October tour, Nashville’s All Them Witches have released Live In Brussels, a new live album recorded at Belgium’s Ancienne Belgique whilst on their first tour through Europe in March 2016, is available for download now direct from Bandcamp. Live In Brussels follows on from their critically acclaimed new album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, out now through New West Records.
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In celebration of what would have been Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday, CMT Edge is premiering Austin Lucas’ video “Alone In Memphis,” which stars the rising country crooner Lucas as an Elvis impersonator performing on the lonely streets of Tennessee directed by Stokes Nielson. The music video and tour dates can be found below. Austin Lucas explains:
“It just seemed so perfect to be telling a story about Memphis and to include Elvis, he’s so intrinsically wrapped into the fabric of that cities mythology and the collective consciousness of the world. I felt as though it could make everything that much more tangible and relatable for the listener. With a protagonist that is so familiar, I hoped that it would make the audience feel the isolation of the characters in the story of the song just that much more and hopefully really bring it home while making folks laugh.”
“Alone In Memphis” is one of the many standouts from Lucas’s New West Records debut Stay Reckless. The record, produced by Mark Nevers (Caitlin Rose, Jason Isbell, Bonnie Prince Billy) and featuring alt-country rockers Glossary as Lucas’ backing band.
Watch the video for the song “Alone In Memphis” below:
World Wide Rebel Songs
New West Records
Tom Morello is well known for two things. He is the creative guitar legend from rap rock pioneers Rage Against the Machine and he is an outspoken political figure. On his fourth solo outing he both embraces and moves beyond those labels. This album blends the fury and energy of RATM with his love of classic political folkies like Woodie Guthrie.
Lead single Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine is a rocking tongue twister. It Begins Tonight is a nod to his RATM roots. The Whirlwind and Branding Iron are similar to the quiet folk sounds from his previous releases and the wonderful solidarity sing along Union Town makes a reprise here as a bonus track. This is Morello’s strongest solo release yet, but there are still a few awkward missteps. Facing Mount Kenya has the lyrical potential to be a great song, but it ends up as a confusing jumble of music that wouldn’t even be worthy of B side status. On his past albums, guests like outlaw country artistShooter Jennings weren’t really used to their fullest. This time around Ben Harper joins in on the slow burn rally cry Save the Hammer For the Man. By the time you get to God Help Us All at the end of the album, you will find yourself rooting for the upbeat side of his sound. This quiet ballad feels like filler on a decent rock album.
Morello is at his best when singing catchy songs that could be chanted by crowds at a political demonstration, like on Union Town. When he attempts to get introspective or experiment, things usually fall flat for him. It is interesting that he moved to renowned folk label New West to release his loudest solo effort. This album is better than anything he did with the radio rock group Audioslave and is his best solo release to date, but it still doesn’t compare with the punk fury of his Rage Against the Machine days. That being said, his positive message will always be welcome.
Tom Morello is getting ready to tour in support of his second solo release, The Nightwatchman‘s World Wide Rebel Songs, which is due out on New West Records on August 30th. The new batch of songs features collaborations with Ben Harper, along with full-on electric instrumentation by Morello‘s back-up band The Freedom Fighter Orchestra.
Morello said on the new record:
“Troubled times call out for troubled songs. World Wide Rebel Songs is an album of rousing hopelessness and this time The Nightwatchman has brought along his electric guitar to tip the scales. I wanted to capture a vibe midway between Johnny Cash and Che Guevara, murder ballads and Molotov anthems.”