Most bands become more and more professional with the number of their releases. Fat productions, tidy sound and more mainstream suitability are often the result. The fans of the first hour often dislike that. But in the case of ALL THEM WITCHES nobody has to fear such a development.
With their fourth album, which was created under the direction of Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Jason Isbell, Shooter Jennings), the band from Nashville, Tennessee, had taken a huge step towards perfecting their melting pot sound of blues, folk, psychedelia, rock, stoner and drone on record. On ATW, their fifth album produced by guitarist Ben McLeod, All Them Witches now find themselves on their own again, as well as confronted with a fresh line-up change.
For the recordings of "ATW" the quartet went to a lonely forest hut 20 miles away from Nashville. The production of the fifth album of the band was done by guitarist Ben McLeod himself. Thus there are no undesired influences from outside on the record. According to the title the listener will find eight songs, which represent 100% ALL THEM WITCHES.
So Jonathan Draper is a new addition to the keyboards, who in songs like `Half-Tongue' demonstrates unmistakably that he masters swinging organ tones between The Doors and Deep Purple as well as atmospheric background music at least as well as his predecessor Allan Van Cleeve. Apart from the weird runaway and opener 'Fishbelly 86 Onions' (which looks like a crude bastard from Booker T. & The M. G.'s' `Green Onions' and Jets 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl'), the quartet on ATW is self-sunken somnambul and almost meditatively surpasses the tonal states of trance, without even rudimentarily igniting a sedative effect.
And how does that sound in 2018? Definitely like snotty stoner rock, regularly sweeping and mixed with a lot of psychedelic rock. THE DOORS have left their traces in the sound of ALL THEM WITCHES as well as LED ZEPPELIN. Conventional song structures play a rather subordinate role for the Americans. Instead, the eight songs on "ATW" resemble a river.
Whether Pink Floyd-played as in 'Workhorse' or with 'Harvest Feast' celebrating the most basic blues schema in hypnotic slow-motion - All Them Witches once again show us the enchanting advantages of deceleration.
Doors: 19:00 h Start: 19:30 h End: n/a
Wheel chair spaces: There are no reduction on wheel chair spaces, the location however is wheel chair friendly.
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