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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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Nov 18 2019
SSE Hydro
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 20 2019
3Arena
Dublin, Ireland
Nov 22 2019
The SSE Arena, Wembley
London, United Kingdom
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Nov 23 2019
First Direct Arena
Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 25 2019
Black Box Pangea
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Nov 28 2019
Hartwall Arena
Helsinki, Finland
Nov 30 2019
Spodek
Katowice, Poland
Dec 01 2019
Universum
Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 03 2019
BSA
Budapest, Hungary
Dec 04 2019
Močvara
Zagreb, Croatia
Dec 05 2019
Palabam
Mantova, Italy
Dec 08 2019
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona, Spain
Dec 10 2019
Altice Arena
Lisboa, Portugal
Dec 11 2019
WiZink Center
Madrid, Spain
Dec 13 2019
Zenith Of Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Dec 14 2019
Halle 622
Zürich, Switzerland
Dec 15 2019
Zenith
München, Germany
Dec 16 2019
Stattbahnhof
Schweinfurt, Germany
Dec 17 2019
Rockhal
Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
Dec 18 2019
Zenith Nantes Metropole
Saint-herblain, France
Dec 19 2019
Zénith de Toulouse
Toulouse, France
Dec 27 2019
Exit/In
Nashville, TN
Dec 28 2019
Exit/In
Nashville, TN
Dec 29 2019
Exit/In
Nashville, TN