Almost exactly a year later, L.A. Witch, comprised of Irita Pai, Ellie English, and Sade Sanchez, has returned with their latest five-track EP Octubre out on November 2, 2018 via Suicide Squeeze. Coming out of a blur of long Southern Californian nights, the band’s latest is darker, grimier, and more complex than ever.
With themes of delving into the past and paralyzing love, L.A. Witch has gone full throttle with this gloomy EP. After revisiting a couple of earlier tracks, the band decided to get experimental with their sound and ended up forming the deeply piercing Octubre–offering a little wink at the idea of ephemerality.
As the band transforms their older songs, we are able to see two sides of the band colliding: the L.A. Witch of the past in conjunction with the L.A. Witch of today. In a way, the EP feels like a tugboat ride across particularly stormy waters–ebbing and flowing as naturally as possible. It has a special energy to it that is whole, that is direct. The guitars travel through the songs as gracefully as if L.A. Witch were telling a linear story.
Through the hair-raising beat of lead single “Haunting,” dream-like whammy bars and empty spaces of “Sleep,” the bareboned vocals and clanging organ of “B.B. Momma,” the swelling acoustics of “Heart of Darkness,” and the indelibility of “Outro” — listeners are left having to sit as they are toppled through unrestrained current of L.A. Witch’s record.
Words: Libby Hsieh
Stream: L.A. Witch”s New Single “Haunting”
L.A. Witch Tour Dates
11/15/18 – Brussels, BE @ AB^
11/16/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso^
11/17/18 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust^
11/19/18 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik^
11/20/18 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller^
11/21/18 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen^
11/23/18 – Helsinki, FI @ TAVASTIA-klubi^
11/25/18 – Copenhagen, DK @ Den Grå Hal^
11/26/18 – Berlin, DE @ SO36^
11/27/18 – Warsaw, PL @ Hybrydy^
11/28/18 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol^
11/29/18 – Vienna, AT @ ARENA^
12/01/18 – Munich, DE @ STROM^
12/02/18 – Milan, IT @ Legend^
12/03/18 – Villeurbanne, FR @ Transbordeur^
12/04/18 – Zurich, CH @ Dynamo^
12/06/18 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage^
12/07/18 – Osnabrück, DE @ Rosenhof^
12/08/18 – Köln, DE @ Luxor^
12/09/18 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie^
^ w/ Uncle Acid + The Deadbeats