Entries tagged with: Esben and The Witch
Esben and the Witch @ Knitting Factory last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gothy UK dreamweavers Esben and the Witch just played two NYC shows on their current tour with Heliotropes, and if you're kicking yourself for missing them (or just want to see them again) good news: they've just added another NYC show which happens at the end of their trek, before they head home. That show takes place on April 17 at Europa and tickets are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Esben and the Witch / Heliotropes @ Knitting Factory, 3/23/2013
As mentioned, Esben and the Witch's tour with Heliotropes hit NYC over the weekend, first at Mercury Lounge on Friday and then Saturday night (3/23) at Knitting Factory with Tempers on the bill as well. More pics from that show are below.
photos by Sarah Gainer; words by Bill Pearis
Esben & the Witch @ Mercury Lounge, 3/22/2013
Icy UK goths Esben and the Witch brought an arsenal of effects pedals and a new album's worth of material to NYC over the weekend, as part of their tour with Heliotropes. The first of two shows here happened at Mercury Lounge on Friday (3/22). The band's permafrost veneer melts a little live, with their pounding rhythm second pushed to the fore more than on their records (like the just-released Wash The Sins Not Only The Face). More pictures from Mercury Lounge below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Deathwaltz (MP3)
Esben and the Witch at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
UK moody rockers Esben and the Witch released their sophomore album, Wash The Sins Not Only The Face, last week (1/21) via Matador. The album cuts goth-y darkwave with the atmospheric anthemics of '00s arena rock, and if that kind of stuff is up your alley, Esben and the Witch deliver. If you've yet to hear the album, you can listen to it below via a spotify widget. Also below are two videos from the album, and you can grab the MP3 for "Deathwaltz" above.
Esben and the Witch will be supporting the album with a North American tour this March/April which hits NYC on March 22 at Mercury Lounge and March 23 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale today (2/1) at noon and tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, videos, and stream below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Deathwaltz (MP3)
Esben and the Witch's second album, Wash The Sins Not Only The Face, is out January 21 via Matador. The band's dark, ethereal music has been accompanied by some striking music videos. A month or so ago, the band debuted the striking "Deathwaltz" which was shot using the Phantom HD Gold camera which shoots at 1000 frames a second (used memorably in Inception). There's an MP3 of that song above. Now Esben and the Witch have released a clip for "Despair" which features choreography and dancing from Simon Fowler and Simon Palmer. You can watch both videos below.
No North American tour dates for the band at the moment but there is a list of European dates below, along with the LP's artwork and tracklist, plus those two videos.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Widowspeak - Harsh Realm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Warpath (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wise Blood - B.I.G. E.G.O. (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mr. Dream - Crime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Duzheknew - Came Out the Other Side (MP3)
We're 1700 miles and two weeks away from the eye of the storm, but you can feel the SXSW hurricane forming from here. People have begun talking about breakfast tacos and the clubs are filling with bands from Canada, Scandinavia and the UK. Even moreso than normal. There is too much going on. Decisions, decisions. Let's get into it.
Dirty Beaches play two shows this week: a headlining slot at Glasslands on Thursday (3/3) and then opening for Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/4). The pseudonym of Montreal artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, Dirty Beaches sound like a band invented by David Lynch (or maybe Jim Jarmusch), like a half-remembered dream infected by an oldies station playing on a vintage transistor radio. It also kind of sounds like Suicide. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming album, Badlands (out March 29 and pictured above), is at times pretty, twangy and vaguely sinister. He's definitely got a vision to what he's doing. Check out "Lord Knows Best" at the top of this post for a sample.
The Glasslands show also has Austinites (and TWII faves) YellowFever on the bill, as are Widowspeak whose new single is out now on Captured Tracks (the a-side is downloadable above), and Ela Orleans. Plus, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls is DJing. This should be a good night.
As should Dum Dum Girls' show on Friday. Their new EP, He Gets Me High, came out on Sub Pop this week and you can download the title track at the top of this post. I loved DDGs' debut, but I think these new tracks are a definite improvement: a little tougher, the production's better and the songs are solid. And I dig the Smiths cover as well.
Former Dum Dum Girls drummer Frankie Rose is also on the bill, and she has dropped The Outs from her name... and the band. This show will mark the debut of her new group and perhaps a new sound? We shall see. Frankie is promising mostly new songs for this one and I'm curious as to what Frankie Rose Mark 2 will be like.
Rounding out the Bowery line-up are MINKS. Tickets are still available.
Esben and the Witch
Also here this week are UK neogoths Esben & the Witch who play The Bell House on Friday (3/4) and then Mercury Lounge on Saturday (3/5). While I'm not crazy about their debut album, Violet Cries, which meanders a bit and generally takes too long to get going, I do recommend going to see them live. Guitarist Daniel Copeman rivals The Edge or Kevin Shields for the Most Effects Pedals award and the sounds he creates with them is genuinely mesmerising. He is also a whirlwind onstage. They are so much more compelling live, and worth giving a shot even if the record does nothing for you.
Opening the Mercury Lounge show is Wise Blood who has gotten a lot of love from Pitchfork, Altered Zones, GvB, etc. The alter-ego of Chris Laufman, Wise Blood is firmly in the low fi sample-based collage world. Some of it is pretty interesting for sure -- check out a track at the top of this post -- but I'm always a bit dubious about seeing this kind of stuff live. Maybe he'll pull it off. Maybe he'll be the next How to Dress Well. How was he last night at Glasslands with Young Magic? Wise Blood will also be at SXSW.
Representing Canada this week are Duzheknew and Cousins who play Bruar Falls on Sunday (3/6) and Death by Audio on Monday (3/7). Both bands hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia -- a town that hasn't had much of a scene (from what I can tell) since its '90s heyday of Sloan, Eric's Trip, Jale and Thrush Hermit. Duzheknew, from the tracks I've heard (like the one at the top of this post), sound somewhere between Wolf Parade (vocally), early Talking Heads and their hometown indie elder statesman. Cousins are a little more straight-up garage rock. Both sound pretty good.
And now onto some local action. Mr. Dream's debut album, Trash Hit, was released this week and will certainly appeal to those with a fondness for early '90s indie rock, be it Nirvana, The Pixies, Jesus Lizard, etc. Which is to say it's loud, it rocks, there is some yelling and snarling... but it's also got hooks, no shortage of tunes, and badass flinty basslines all over the place. You don't have to remember the early days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien to dig Mr. Dream. As far as I'm concerned this kind of stuff is timeless. You can download "Crimes" at the top of this post and stream the entire album via a widget below.
Mr Dream celebrate Trash Hit's release this Friday (3/4) at Glasslands, with Sleepies and Fort Lean (making their debut) along for the ride. I also hear Derek from Sleigh Bells will be performing as well, but not sure exactly in what capacity. Mr. Dream will tour with Sleigh Bells in April.
Another Record Release show is happening Friday night, this time at Cake Shop where Shark? celebrate the birth of their new 7" single "Kreegah." It's too bad Shark? and Mr. Dream couldn't have coordinated their parties together as Shark?'s straight-up, super-catchy indie rock would have made a great opening act. You can stream both sides of the single below. Personally, I'm partial to the b-side, "You Don't Love Me (Anymore)." Both songs will be on the band's debut album, True Waste, which was produced by Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone and should be out sometime soon?
Shark? hit the road next week, touring with the Sundelles on their way down to SXSW. Sundelles also have a show coming up at Glasslands with Cloud Nothing and Craft Spells. All tour dates are below.
And that is basically it for this week. Expect an equally-lengthy TWII next week. A few more day-by-day picks below:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Tennis, La Sera, and Holiday Shores team up for their first of two NYC shows together, tonight at Bowery Ballroom. They then play The Bell House on Thursday (3/3).
Norway's Heroes & Zeroes play Pianos tonight before heading to Alaska to play a string of gigs in Alaska, believe it or not. Tonight's show is an eclectic bill to say the least, with with French psycho noiserockers Headwar and Koonda Holaa adding to the strangeness.
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Marching Song (Snorkel Remix) (MP3)
Esben & The Witch at Bowery (more by Leia Jospe)
Gothy UK post-punks Esben & The Witch last visited the U.S. while on tour with Foals last year (pics from Bowery Ballroom). They'll return this March for some headlining shows of their own including one in Brooklyn at the Bell House on March 4th and an early show at Mercury Lounge on March 5th. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are currently on AMEX presale and go on general sale at noon on 1/21, the same time that Bell House tickets go on sale.
Esben & The Witch will release their new LP Violet Cries via Matador on 2/8. Preorder that from Matador, and check out all tour dates as well as what Jack Black (yes, that Jack Black) thinks of the LP, and check out two official videos, below. Grab the new Snorkel Remix of "Marching Song" above.
In related news, Foals are back on the road this spring too, and will play Terminal 5 on May 4th with Freelance Whales. Tickets go on sale Friday 1/21 at noon.
All tour dates and some videos (including two starring Jack Black) are below.
by Bill Pearis
The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.
The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.
Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."
Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:
The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.
The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.
Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.
photos by Leia Jospe
"I haven't seen people having so much fun as they did at Foals show last night in a long time. It was among the best of the 100+ shows I've seen this year. If I can get tickets, I'll see them again tonight." [Anonymous]Foals kicked off a two night stay in NYC with a show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday, 10/1 (pics in this post). The crowd was also treated to the dark folk styles of Esben & The Witch who opened the show. Foals played Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (pics coming) and are now on tour. They hit Austin City Limits on 10/10 and log more US dates before heading back to the UK by month's end.
More pictures & the setlist from the Bowery show, below...
Dramatic and ethereal, not to mention captivating, the recorded material from UK's Esben & The Witch recall moments of Kate Bush, Bauhaus, Portishead, or the darker side of indie pop. The trio have signed with Matador and will welcome the new Marching Song 12" on Oct 11th and a long-player next year, but in the meantime will hit the road for a string of US dates that will include THREE shows in NYC. One of those dates is TONIGHT (9/20) at Glasslands. It's their first-ever US show and tickets are still on sale. Mon Khmer, Grooms, and Megafortress are also on the bill.
The second NYC show will be supporting Foals at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom on 10/1 (right before they head to Vegas for Matador 21) and the third will see the band supporting A Sunny Day In Glasgow at Knitting Factory on 10/26 (tickets).
Esben & The Witch recently dropped a video for the title track to the Marching Song 12", dig on the video for that, as well as all tour dates below.
Foals released their 2nd album, Total Life Forever, via Sub Pop on June 15th. Currently on tour in Europe, the UK band will support the record in North America with a tour this fall that kicks off in Minneapolis on September 23rd. The NYC shows happen October 1st at Bowery Ballroom and October 2nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon and general sale on Friday. Esben And The Witch is listed as the opener of the Bowery show.
The new-album song "Spanish Sahara" was remixed by Deadboy (download above). "Miami" has a video. Watch it below with all dates....