The Wytches

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The Wytches
The Wytches.jpg
The Wytches by Glashier
Background information
Also known asThe Witches (2011–2012)
OriginPeterborough, England Brighton, England
Years active2011–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 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] In 2018, the band parted ways with their UK record label Heavenly Recordings.[24]

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)[25]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Annabel Dream Reader 50
All Your Happy Life
  • Released: September 30, 2016
  • Label: Heavenly
  • Formats: CD, LP, download


  • 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)


Title Year Album
"Robe For Juda"[26] 2013 Annabel Dream Reader
"Crying Clown"[27]
"Digsaw" / "House of Mirrors"[28]
"Gravedweller"[29] 2014
"Wire Frame Mattress"[30]
"Burn Out the Bruise"[31]
"C-Side"[32] 2016 All Your Happy Life
"Crest of Death"[33]
"Double World"[34] 2017 non-album single


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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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  10. ^ "Download This: Khalo". 9 February 2009.
  11. ^ eMinor. "Dan Rumsey & The Bitter End's Songs - ReverbNation".
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  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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  20. ^ "The Wytches – Partisan Records".
  21. ^ "Tilehouse Studios - Timeline - Facebook".
  22. ^ a b "WYTCHES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
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  25. ^ "The Wytches have recruited a new member | Dork". Dork. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  26. ^ Robe For Juda - Single by The Wytches, 2013-11-19, retrieved 2018-11-12
  27. ^ Crying Clown - Single by The Wytches, 2013-01-01, retrieved 2018-11-12
  28. ^ "The Wytches - Digsaw / House Of Mirrors". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  29. ^ Gravedweller - Single by The Wytches, 2014-02-10, retrieved 2018-11-12
  30. ^ Wire Frame Mattress - Single by The Wytches, 2014-07-04, retrieved 2018-11-12
  31. ^ Burn Out the Bruise - Single by The Wytches, 2014-07-14, retrieved 2018-11-12
  32. ^ "SPILL NEW MUSIC: THE WYTCHES SHARE "C-SIDE" | "ALL YOUR HAPPY LIFE" LP OUT SEPTEMBER 30TH ON HEAVENLY RECORDINGS | The Spill Magazine". The Spill Magazine. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  33. ^ "The Wytches - Crest of Death". DIY. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  34. ^ "The Wytches share two versions of new track 'Double World'". DIY. Retrieved 2018-11-12.