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All Them Witches

Artist Bio

By most fifth LPs, the band’s sound is pretty set. Parameters established. Refinement dissipated. You get a to-formula execution of what’s worked in the past. Fair enough. All Them Witches go a harder route.

In 2017, the Nashville four-piece offered what might’ve otherwise become their own template in their fourth album (second for New West), Sleeping Through the War. It brought a larger production value thanks to oversight from producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Shooter Jennings, etc.), found them using choral vocals, expanded arrangements, bigger sounds than anything they’d done before.

They could’ve easily fallen into a pattern of watered-down clones of that record. Easily.

So naturally in a year they’ve thrown it all to the Appalachian wind, turned the process completely on its head and gone the other way: recording in a cabin in Kingston Springs, about 20 miles outside of Nashville on I-40, with guitarist Ben McLeod at the helm. Self-produced. Take that, expectation.

The result, mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Kurt Vile), is the most intimate, human-sounding album All Them Witches have recorded and another redefinition of who they are as a band. Introducing keyboardist/percussionist Jonathan Draper to the fold with McLeod, bassist/vocalist Charles Michael Parks, Jr., and drummer/graphic artist Robby Staebler, All Them Witches’ ATW isn’t self-titled by mistake.

It’s the band confirming and continuing to develop their approach, in the devil’s boogie of “Fishbelly 86 Onions,” the organ-laced groove and masterful flow of “Half-Tongue,” the build of “HJTC” and the fluid jam in closer “Rob’s Dream.” You can hear it in the mellow patience of that last track, never lost but always wandering, and in “1st vs. 2nd,” where they turn from a frenetic shake to some purposefully metal-ish riffing while still holding onto gut-tightening tension.

And what do they do with that? Some overblown payoff? Hell no. They cut it short, drift into noise and then dig into “Half-Tongue” ahead of the moodier “Diamond,” which, true to its name, seems to turn any light that touches it into a prism. This is a band who

delight in the exploration, in finding new rules to break, and in continually learning new ways to do so.

ATW is a reaction to being a “bigger” act. To playing bigger shows, bigger tours, etc. From the sustained consonants in Parks’ vocals, to the sleek basslines that play off the can’t-sit-still-won’t-sit-still swing in Staebler’s drums, to McLeod’s commanding slide in “Workhorse” and drifting melancholy at the outset of “Harvest Feast,” ATW is their laying claim to the essential facets of their identity.

And most crucial to that identity is its shifting nature. All Them Witches didn’t get to this point by resting on laurels, and if anything, the urgency of these tracks – fast pushers and sleepy jams alike – is among their greatest strengths.

It’s a rawer delivery, as stage-ready as the band itself, and it captures All Them Witches in this moment. Is ATW who they’ll be tomorrow? Who the hell knows? Check back in and we’ll find out together. That’s the whole idea.

All Them Witches:

Robby Staebler – drums, percussion, loops Charles Michael Parks Jr – vocals, bass, loops Ben McLeod – guitars
Jonathan Draper – keys, percussion

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Tour Dates

Mar 01 2019
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
Mar 02 2019
Charlotte, NC
Mar 05 2019
Louisville, KY
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Mar 06 2019
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 07 2019
Lincoln Hall
Chicago, IL
Mar 08 2019
Colectivo Coffee - Prospect
Milwaukee, WI
Mar 09 2019
Fine Line
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 10 2019
High Noon
Madison, WI
Mar 12 2019
The Stache
Grand Rapids, MI
Mar 13 2019
Magic Bag
Detroit, MI
Mar 14 2019
Grog Shop
Cleveland, OH
Mar 15 2019
Mohawk Place
Buffalo, NY
Mar 16 2019
Opera House
Toronto, Canada
Mar 17 2019
Montréal, Canada
Mar 19 2019
Higher Ground
Burlington, VT
Mar 20 2019
The Sinclair
Boston, MA
Mar 21 2019
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY
Mar 22 2019
First Unitarian
Philadelphia, PA
Mar 23 2019
Rock & Roll Hotel
Washington, DC
Mar 24 2019
Raleigh, NC
Apr 11 2019
On The Rocks
Helsinki, Finland
Apr 13 2019
Joh Dee
Oslo, Norway
Apr 14 2019
Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 15 2019
Hotel Cecil
Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 17 2019
De Zwerver
Leffinge, Belgium
Apr 18 2019
De Casino
Sint-niklaas, Belgium
Apr 19 2019
Hasselt, Belgium
Apr 20 2019
Schijndel, Netherlands
Apr 21 2019
Schijndel, Netherlands
Apr 22 2019
Paris, France
Apr 23 2019
San Sebastián, Spain
Apr 24 2019
Madrid, Spain
Apr 25 2019
Razzmatazz 2
Barcelona, Spain
Apr 26 2019
Paloma Club
Nimes, France
Apr 27 2019
Milan, Italy
Apr 29 2019
Vienna, Austria
Apr 30 2019
CZ Rock Cafe
Prague, Czech Republic
May 01 2019
U Bazlya
Poznan, Poland
May 02 2019
Warsaw, Poland
May 03 2019
Desertfest Berlin
Berlin, Germany
May 04 2019
Nijmegen Sonic Whip Festival
Nijmegen, Netherlands
May 05 2019
Desertfest London
London, United Kingdom
May 06 2019
The Haunt
Brighton, United Kingdom
May 08 2019
Band On The Wall
Manchester, United Kingdom
May 09 2019
Clwb Ifor Bach
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Jun 11 2019
The Ritz
Raleigh, NC
Jun 12 2019
The Fillmore
Charlotte, NC
Jun 13 2019
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Manchester, TN
Jun 21 2019
Clisson, France
Jun 22 2019
Zurich, Switzerland