Californian trio L.A. Witch are back with their reverb-heavy, grunge-punk sounds as they announce their new EP, Octubre, which is out now via Suicide Squeeze Records. Speaking about the new EP, L.A. Witch said “Octubre is a collection of older songs that we rarely play live, but wanted to revisit them since they’re dark and a bit spooky, and felt right for the season. We were excited to be able to work with Mr. Pharmacist aka Gregg Foreman, our first time working with a producer. We experimented with different textures and sounds for these songs, which you can really hear in ‘Haunting’. This EP feels more atmospheric, and perfect for Halloween.”
L.A. Witch’s eponymous debut album tapped into the allure of warm nights on the West Coast while hinting at the loneliness and lawlessness of living on the literal periphery of a country founded on a dark past. It felt suited for driving through the desert late at night, broadcasting from some lonesome radio DJ through a low-signal FM station. The three-piece composed of guitarist/vocalist Sade Sanchez, bassist Irita Pai, and drummer Ellie English culled sounds from the outlaws of the warmer climes, whether it was 13th Floor Elevators’ lysergic rock n’ roll, Bakersfield country’s jangling laments, or the cool hand fatalism captured by The Doors on songs like ‘The End’. It’s an album transmitting subdued revelry while also smirking at the inevitable consequences of the night.
Octubre may be a record about unhealthy infatuations and debilitating love, but it’s also an inadvertent statement on the past and permanence. Offered to the world as a surprise digital release, it might suggest a kind of ephemera, but the underlying motive is to reinvent and bring a new life to these seminal songs from the band’s early years. Reimagined and reshaped, these songs not only represent the band’s beginnings but also serve as a teaser for the band’s future output.
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