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Esben and the Witch Sign To Matador, Confirm New EP, First US Tour

August 19th, 2010 at 4:26 am by Gerard

(Left to Right: Rachel Davies, Daniel Copeman, Thomas Fisher. Photo by Adam Kola)

It’s with considerable excitement that we’re able to reveal the addition of the Brighton trio Esben and the Witch to the Matador roster.  Our first UK based signing in over 6 years, a pair of the band’s recordings — the self released ’33′ and the Too Pure Singles Club-issued 7″, “Lucia, at the Precipice” (the latter already trading for excessive sums on eBay) generated no small amount of global curiosity (not the least of which coming from our offices). Hailed by The Quietus for their “opulent mixture of brooding electronics, crackling guitars and mythological rhetoric”, though Esben and the Witch’s early work is equally brooding and beautiful, we’re pretty confident Rachel, Daniel and Thomas had only skimmed the surface of what they’re capable of.  Their debut Matador EP, the limited 12″, ‘Marching Song’, is scheduled for release on October 11th (October 12 in North America), augmented by two new songs, ‘Done Because We Are Too Menny’ and ‘Souvenirs’.  The band’s first full length album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011.

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The accompanying video for ‘Marching Song’ was directed by David Procter and Peter King from the The Agenda Collective.

Esben and the Witch will make their US debut this September touring in support of Mercury Prize nominees Foals along with participating in Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend  in Las Vegas.  A subsequent UK tour will begin in November.

SEPTEMBER

23 Minneapolis 7th Street Entry *
24 Chicago Lincoln Hall *
25 Detroit Magic Stick *
27 Toronto Lee’s Palace *
28 Montreal La Sala Rossa *
29 Boston Paradise *
30 Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda’s (w/Efterklang)

OCTOBER
1 New York Bowery Ballroom *
3 Las Vegas The Palms Casino & Hotel  **
5 Atlanta Masquerade *
6 Tallahassee Club Downunder *
8 Houston Walters on Washington *
9 Austin The Mohawk ***
10 Dallas The Nightmare *
12 Denver Larimer Lounge *
14 San Diego Casbah *
18 Los Angeles El Ray Theatre *
19 San Jose The Blank Club *
20 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill ****
21 Portland Doug Fir Lounge *
22 Vancouver Venue *
23 Seattle Neumos City Arts Music *
26 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (with A Sunny Day In Glasgow)

NOVEMBER

4 Paris Inrockuptibles @ La Boule Noir
10 London Electrowerkz
11 Manchester Deaf Institute
12 Glasgow Captains Rest
14 Leeds Constellations Festival

* with Foals
** Matador At 21 / The Lost Weekend
*** with School of Seven Bells
**** with Scout Niblett

Preorder the “Marching Song” 12″ EP from The Matador Store (UK orders direct from the band)

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2 Responses to “Esben and the Witch Sign To Matador, Confirm New EP, First US Tour”

  1. Salman Says:

    Awesome signing. Great, great band.

  2. eastside Says:

    Seems like someone has been digging some early ’80s Siouxsie and the Banshees, not that there is anything wrong with that.