The Wytches

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The Wytches
Also known as The Witches (2011–2012)
Origin Peterborough, England Brighton, England
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts
  • The Crooked Canes
  • Mark and Kristian Band
  • Through Fire This Fall
  • The Proles
  • Khalo
  • The Voyage Andromeda
  • Dan Rumsey & The Dark Days
  • Fall Victim
  • Kristian Bell
  • Gianni Honey
  • Daniel Rumsey
  • Mark Breed

The Wytches are an English hard rock band formed in 2011 in Peterborough, and now based in Brighton.[6] The band consists of singer-songwriter Kristian Bell, drummer Gianni Honey, bassist Daniel Rumsey and keyboadist/guitarist Mark Breed.


Kristian Bell and Gianni Honey had previously played together in The Crooked Canes in their hometown of Peterborough, whom the duo later dismissed as being "really adolescent and embarrassing".[7] Honey was taught by former Morrissey drummer Spike T. Smith and played in local bands, Through Fire This Fall,[8] the Joy Division influenced The Proles[9] and metalcore band Khalo.[10]

Following the split of The Crooked Canes, the duo moved to Brighton to attend university and advertised around campus for a bassist. Daniel Rumsey was the only person to respond and joined the band. Rumsey was a singer-songwriter originally from Dorset who had fronted the "horror punk" band Fall Victim before moving to Brighton where he fronted Dan Rumsey & The Bitter End[11] and The Voyage Andromeda.[12] Initially called The Witches, the band changed the spelling to Wytches to make their band name more easily found on Google.[13] The band originally featured second guitarist Mark Breed, with whom Bell later started a side project with called the Mark and Kristian Band. The band released their debut single Beehive Queen in June 2013 via Hate Hate Hate Records[14] and follow up single Robe For Juda in November 2013.[7] In September 2013 the band released a low key limited edition cassette Thunder Lizard Revisited.[15] The band released their debut US single Crying Clown (originally the b-side to the band's debut UK single) via Fat Possum Records in November 2013.[16]

On 4 February 2014, the band announced they had signed with Heavenly Recordings and released Gravedweller as a free digital single.[17] The band also signed to Partisan Records in the US.[18]

The band released their debut album Annabel Dream Reader in August 2014.[19] The album was recorded over two days at Toe Rag Studios in Hackney, London and co-produced by Bell and former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones.[20] The album was recorded and mixed by Luke Oldfield on an 8-track Studer A80.[21] It reached number 50 in the UK Albums Chart.[22]

In August 2016, Mark Breed joined the band as a permanent member. In September 2016 they released their second album All Your Happy Life.[23]

Band members[edit]

  • Kristian Bell – lead vocals, guitar (2011–present)
  • Daniel Rumsey – bass, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Gianni Honey – drums (2011–present)
  • Mark Breed – keyboards, guitar (2016–present)[24]


Studio albums


  • The Witches (2012, self released)
  • Thunder Lizard Revisited (2013, Hate Hate Hate)
  • Gravedweller (2014, Heavenly)
  • Thunder Lizard's Reprieve (2015, Scion Audio/Visual)
  • Home Recordings (2016, self released)


  • "Robe For Juda" (2013, Hate Hate Hate)
  • "Beehive Queen" / "Crying Clown" (2013, Hate Hate Hate)
  • "Digsaw" / "House of Mirrors" (2013, self released)
  • "Wire Frame Mattress" (2014, Heavenly)
  • "Burn Out the Bruise" (2014, Heavenly)
  • "Weights & Ties" (2014, Heavenly)
  • "Wastybois" / "Barstool Blues" (2015, Heavenly) (split single with Hooton Tennis Club)
  • "C-Side" (2016, Heavenly)
  • "Bone-Weary" (2016, Heavenly)
  • "Double World" (2017, Heavenly)


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  2. ^ "Radar Band Of The Week - The Wytches - NME". NME. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  3. ^ "The Wytches premiere aggressive new song "Wasteybois" — listen". Consequence of Sound. 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
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  5. ^ "THE WYTCHES | LIVE REVIEW • Buzz Magazine". Buzz Magazine. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  6. ^ "New Band of the Day: The Wytches". The Guardian. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Radar Band Of The Week - The Wytches". New Musical Express. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Through Fire This Fall :: 5-piece ALTERNATIVE-ROCK band". 2014-01-10. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  9. ^ "The Proles - About - Facebook". 
  10. ^ "Download This: Khalo". 9 February 2009. 
  11. ^ eMinor. "Dan Rumsey & The Bitter End's Songs - ReverbNation". 
  12. ^ "About The Crew". 2014-01-10. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  13. ^ Day, Natt (28 June 2013). "Interview: The Wytches » 7Bit Arcade". Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  14. ^ Rockfeedback. "The Wytches (Sailor Jerry Presents show) - RFB". 
  15. ^ "The Wytches Announce The Release Of 'Thunder Lizard Revisited' Ep On Limited Cassette". 20 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "American Wrestlers Share "Hello, Dear", Now Premiering via DIY – Announce More Tour Dates". 
  17. ^ "Heavenly Recordings". 2014-02-22. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  18. ^ "UK band The Wytches sign to Partisan, readying debut LP, playing SXSW (dates, streams)". 
  19. ^ Heller, Jason (27 August 2014). "The Wytches: Annabel Dream Reader Album Review". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  20. ^ "The Wytches – Partisan Records". 
  21. ^ "Tilehouse Studios - Timeline - Facebook". 
  22. ^ "WYTCHES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  23. ^ "The Wytches - All Your Happy Life". DIY. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  24. ^ "The Wytches have recruited a new member | Dork". Dork. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2017-07-09.