The Wytches

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The Wytches
Also known as The Witches (2011–2012)
Origin Peterborough, England Brighton, England
Genres
Years active 2011–present
Labels
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
Website www.thewytches.com/
Members
  • 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.

History[edit]

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]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

EPs

  • 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)

Singles

  • "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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radar Band Of The Week - The Wytches - NME". NME. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  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. 
  4. ^ https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/the_wytches.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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". peterboroughtoday.co.uk. 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". 7bitarcade.com. 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". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  20. ^ "The Wytches – Partisan Records". 
  21. ^ "Tilehouse Studios - Timeline - Facebook". 
  22. ^ "WYTCHES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. 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.