Johnny Brenda's Presents
All Them Witches
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
All Them Witches
Heavy, heady and hypnotic, All Them Witches concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases, 2012's Our Mother Electricity and 2014's Lightning At The Door, and a jam-filled live show where no two shows are the same, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene. "The band seemingly channels the churn of the universe and connects with a big, bad, uncaring cosmos," wrote the Boston Globe, adding, "There is a primal ebb and flow at the core… The band's mystic atmosphere, dark but not brutal, is the result of a tireless work ethic, a grueling tour schedule, and a tape trader's compulsion for documenting every show."
Modern heavy bands stay interesting not by hashing and rehashing familiar tropes, but by throwing curveballs: Greensboro, NC's Irata is such a band. While the tricky riffing and circular phrases suggest mathy- post-rock a la Don Caballero, there's also hard rock and 90s alt-radio accessibility – replete with impassioned Perry Farrell-reminiscent vocal howls. This isn't metal and this isn't traditional rock. Rather, it's a hybrid that borrows standout elements from both.
The ex-instrumental duo has gone through several lineups since forming in 2008. Now, as the drum and bass duo of Jason Ward and Jon Case – with Ward pulling double duty on synths and both members singing – Irata is that birthing star that sheds its outer layers to live on as a dangerous, dense, and super-heavy core. After all, it's Case and Ward's precise rhythmic lockstep that has always driven the band through serpentine melodies and pounding hard-Kraut. Couple that with the incredible, reckless passion and nearly celebratory energy of Irata's live show, and you have a curveball worth catching.
New EP "Vultures" out Release date Nov 1st. 2012! (Produced by Phillip Cope from Kylesa