Loss, in many ways, is a relative concept. Unless you dropped a crisp bill from your wallet, money “lost” is more accurately money spent. Even death is illusory—the physical form may be gone but memories will always live on. Local riot grrls, L.A. Witch, take it all in stride. Their forthcoming album Play With Fire is an ode to independence, featuring encouraging messages about becoming unstuck and taking charge. The lead single from the LP is “I Wanna Lose,” a defeatist anthem with an electric feminist undercurrent.
“‘I Wanna Lose’ is about feeling free and feeling stronger because you’ve lost everything and now you’ve got everything to win. It’s about being a punching bag in a martyr-like way, and losing a fight to move on.”
– Sade Sanchez, guitarist/vocalist
Previously described as a casual project, the members of L.A. Witch have gotten serious. Sade Sanchez (vocals/guitar), Irita Pai (bass), and Ellie English (drums) enjoyed playing raucous live shows and writing new material at their leisure. This was largely the “process” that produced their previous album; their decision to hunker down for a handful of weeks earlier this year was perhaps disappointingly prescient (the Safer at Home order came shortly after). They are proud of what they created—a loud sophomore record worthy of following up their acclaimed eponymous debut—and the spirit that went into making it will survive long after COVID-19 is gone.
“As far the creative process goes, this record is a result of sheer willingness to write,” Sanchez said in a press release. That attitude can be heard in “I Wanna Lose,” which insists on failure at any cost. Snarling and reverb-laden, the track exudes surf rock influences with sinister dark chords that morph the tone from apathetic to liberating. When we are at square one, the only way to go is forward. “I control myself/nobody else,” Sanchez croons. There’s no use rattling the handle on the door of an opportunity that closed long ago; the decision to change course should be deliberate and emphatic. With that, is it really failure? If so, it is the most optimistic failure one can experience. “Choose to lose/and free yourself.”
Pre-order a limited edition vinyl copy of Play With Fire on Suicide Squeeze—a fiery red-and-yellow swirl across the wax matches the color scheme of the album art. Follow L.A. Witch on Instagram and Twitter.
by: Zoë Elaine