|All Them Witches – ‘Sleeping Through The War’ (New West Records)|
|Written by Rich Hobson|
|Thursday, 02 March 2017 04:00|
The blissful spirit of Americana haunts All Them Witches’ latest record, ‘Sleeping Through The War’. Flick the album on and you’ll be greeted by a wave of fuzzy nostalgia, a neo-70s vibe casting a warming haze over the ears right from the get-go. Straddling the lines between rock and indie, stoner and psychedelic, Tennessee based quartet All Them Witches are a concoction of wistful rock nostalgia and detached indie aloofness, lines like “I’m Married To My Boredom/I’m Driving Around My Worries” dropping you into a desert of sloganised nihilism.
Though they hail from the American capital of country music (Nashville), the band are more rooted in the cool, detached aural imagery of late 60s/early 70s New York indie, albeit with a detour through the 90s desert rock sound. The end result is an anomalous mix, an album which has the fuzzy warmth of a Sunday afternoon smoke and the aggressive punch of a punk club brawl. ‘Don’t Bring Me Coffee’ in particular makes use of this dynamic in a way reminiscent of 'Songs For The Deaf'/'Lullabies to Paralyze' era Queens of the Stone Age.
A modern take on Americana, All Them Witches aren’t making use of honky tonks and folksy blues licks to paint their picture, but instead a rich variety of modern genres and styles. Much like QOTSA before them, All Them Witches dip into a menu of colourful subgenres and scenes to create their own sound. By taking elements of shamanic psychedelia, fuzzed-up punk riffs and desert jams, the band cast themselves as timeless, a composite mix of everything that came before. This sense of timelessness comes most to the fore on ‘Am I Going Up?’, a track which makes use of a Fleetwood Mac-ish guitar and dissonant new wave vibes for a moody yet sweet combination.
Somewhere between being a winter-warmer and something you’d play on a lazy Sunday afternoon, Sleeping Through The War is a comfortable listen. For all of its genre fluidity, the album doesn’t reinvent the wheel so much as take it for a spin along some of the better roads the indie, stoner and rock genres have travelled down.
‘Sleeping Through The War’ is out now.
All Them Witches play the following dates in the UK and Ireland:
Friday 21 July - Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
Saturday 22/Sunday 23 July - Truck Festival, Cambridge
Saturday 30 September - O2 Institute3, Birmingham
Sunday 1 October - Sound Control, Manchester
Monday 2 October- Whelans, Dublin
Tuesday 3 October - King Tuts, Glasgow
Wednesday 4 October - Wardrobe, Leeds
Thursday 5 October - Koko, London
Saturday 7 October - Bierkeller, Bristol
Sunday 8 October - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
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