(from left to right, Thomas Fisher, Daniel Copeman, Rachel Davies. Photography by Adam Kola)
On the heels of their recent “Marching Song” 12″ EP and first US tour (culminating in tonight’s show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory), Esben and the Witch will be releasing their debut full-length LP/CD/digital album on January 31, 2011 (February 8 in North America ). The Brighton trio, recently nominated for a Q Award, found themselves nearly drowning in plaudits following “Marching Song”‘s release “teetering on the edge of explosive emotion”, raved one observer, while the assessment, “thoroughly mesmerizing” came to mind for another.
And while the currently available “Marching Song” 12″ is as impressive as advertised, ‘Violet Cries’, recorded by produced by the band’s Daniel Copeman, easily ranks amongst the more audacious and ambitious debut albums, whether in recent memory or in this label’s very long run. While we’re occupied petitioning retailers to add an “Uneasy Listening” bin card to their sales floor, here’s just a hint of what you’re in for next February ;
“Warpath” [192kbps mp3] (from ‘Violet Cries’, OLE 939)
Esben and the Witch will be touring Europe and North America in early 2011 ; though if you’re based in one of the relevant cities below, you’ll not want to miss out.
Remaing 2010 Tour dates
26th October – The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
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4th November – Paris, La Boule Noir
10th November – London, Electrowerkz
11th November – Manchester, Deaf Institute
12th November – Glasgow – Captains Rest
14th November – Leeds – Constellations Festival
27th November – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht – Netherlands