WITCH, the band featuring J. Mascis of DINOSAUR JR. on drums alongside members of FEATHERS, have inked a deal with Tee Pee Records. WITCH began recording their self-titled debut record on October 10 with John Agnello (DINOSAUR JR., EARLY MAN, SCREAMING TREES, LAMB OF GOD) at the helm. The band's musical direction is being described as "a mighty sonic tumult that harkens back to classic heavy metal sound of early '70s outfits while still sounding modern in its assault (and without falling into the ubiquitous 'stoner rock' pigeonhole)."
In WITCH, Mascis returns to his first love — drums, playing with an unbridled passion that recalls his work with DEEP WOUND, his early '80s hardcore band. Meanwhile, Kyle sings and writes the group's supernatural-oriented lyrics, "exploring the juxtapositions between age and youth, the paradox of meeting yourself, and the dilemma of falling asleep on a mountaintop and waking up a hundred years year," according to a press release. "Asa weaves a dense texture of rhythm and lead guitar lines that ebb and flow over the basic monolithic, trundling riff-rock song structure. Dave adds additional weight to WITCH's sound with massive, crunching bass lines, returning this his instrument of choice when he played in Newfoundland punk bands back in the early '80s."
WITCH has released a 7" single through Damaged Goods Records, samples of which can be heard at www.teepeerecords.com.
Upcoming WITCH shows:
Dec. 07 - First Unitarian – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 08 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY