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Esben and the Witch for London Oct 31st show

By Stuart on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

(Attempting to avoiding mention of the “H” word…) Esben and the Witch play a one-off show at London’s Barfly on October 31st, for the crazily cheap price of £1.25 (booking fee for a free ticket) to guarantee entry for the night, available here.

Having just finished their co-headline tour with Thought Forms and Teeth Of the Sea, recent reviews of their live shows include The Quietus calling the band a visceral and thrilling presence on stage“, so make the most of this chance for the chance of some new material from the Brighton trio.

VIDEO : Esben and The Witch – “Iceland Spar” + October UK Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

 

shot by Adam Kola on Super 8 and digital camera during Esben and The Witch’s May 2013 European tour (Luxembourg, Vevey, Milan, Turin, Ravenna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Leipzig). From the LP/CD/digital album ‘Wash The Sins Not Only The Face’.

upcoming dates :

Oct 7th – London – Lexington (UK)
Oct 8th – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (UK)
Oct 9th – Liverpool – Kazimier (UK)
Oct 10th – Sheffield – Harley (UK)
Oct 12th – Leicester – Cookie Jar (UK)
Oct 13th – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (UK)
Oct 14th – Bristol – The Exchange (UK)

Esben and the Witch – Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Remixes

By Judge on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Online and free to share with your friends today, Esben and the Witch release the Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Remixes EP.  Featuring remixes and reworkings from the likes of Mute’s Maps, Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Klad Hest (BEAK>) and more – you can stream the EP on the widget below, which is also free to embed and share.  Head over to esbenandthewitch.co.uk to download the EP today.

Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Remixes
1. When That Head Splits – remixed by Maps
2. Deathwaltz – reworking, produced by David Andrew Sitek
3. The Fall of Glorieta Mountain – remixed by Lumbers
4. When That Head Splits – remixed by Woodpecker Wooliams
5. Despair – The President Chews A Bind – Klad Hest remix
6. Smashed To Pieces In The Still of the Night – remixed by Teeth of the Sea

Also online today is a live session version of Yellow Wood, taken from the album – filmed by our friends Bowlegs.  Daniel’s facial hair styling continues to change daily.

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Esben and The Witch – “When That Head Splits” video

By Stuart on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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Set your eyes to stunned – the new Esben and the Witch video for “When That Head Splits” is a psychadelic animated wonder, created by director Rafael Bonilla Jr, it uses almost 9,000 still frames and premieres today via Tumblr.

Currently on tour in Europe, they return to the UK for their largest headline show to date at London’s  Scala (Tickets), before making their long-awaited return to the USA and Canada.  The band have recently shared a track-by-track of their new album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face on their Facebook page, whilst director Ralph Bonilla had these words about the video:

“I started first with the painting that was part of the inspiration for the song, Salvador Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus and the accompanying poem. One of my favorite things about Dali is that his paintings are full of hidden meanings and symbols, so I tried to do the same. I combined this with lyrics from the song, as well as an idea the band hand about a girl who gradually transforms into the landscape she’s traveling through. The girl in the video is a combination of the nude women and the dog in the Dali painting, and as she travels through different regions of this strange alien planet, her body transforms along with it. I saw the other characters and the different locations in the story as reflections of her own self, until finally in the last segment of the video, she ends up in a place made entirely out of flesh and blood, literally inside her own body. Most of the video was accomplished using plasticine models ranging from 4in. – 1ft., which were fitted with wire armatures. The backgrounds are either digital paintings or watercolors. The final product contains almost 9,000 frames that were animated by hand.”

Upcoming tour dates:

Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique – Tickets

Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22 – Tickets

Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust – Tickets

Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu – Tickets

Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1 – Tickets

Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik – Tickets

Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9 – Tickets

Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar – Tickets

Sun 24 Feb – Paris Point – Ephemere – Tickets

Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala – Tickets

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Thu Mar 21 – Philadephia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Fri Mar 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Sat Mar 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory

Sun Mar 24 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore

Mon Mar 25 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake

Tue Mar 26 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

Wed Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry

Sun Mar 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club

Mon Apr 01 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey

Tue Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

Thu Apr 04 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Fri Apr 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar

Sat Apr 06 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Sun Apr 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Tue Apr 09 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk

Wed Apr 10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Thu Apr 11 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

Fri Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar

Sat Apr 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)

Sun Apr 14 – Durham, NC – Motorco

Mon Apr 15 – Washington, DC – DC9

 

Esben And The Witch US and Canada Tour Dates!

By Nils on Friday, February 1st, 2013


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Esben And The Witch, one of our best live bands (just sayin’!), will be touring the US in support of their new album, Wash the Sins Not Only The Face:

Thu Mar 21 – Philadephia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Fri Mar 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Sat Mar 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory

Sun Mar 24 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore

Mon Mar 25 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake

Tue Mar 26 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

Wed Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry

Sun Mar 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club

Mon Apr 01 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey

Tue Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

Thu Apr 04 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Fri Apr 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar

Sat Apr 06 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Sun Apr 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Tue Apr 09 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk

Wed Apr 10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Thu Apr 11 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

Fri Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar

Sat Apr 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)

Sun Apr 14 – Durham, NC – Motorco

Mon Apr 15 – Washington, DC – DC9

Of their live show, the Los Angeles Times said, “They alternate moments of grandeur with explosions of fury, with all three members occasionally breaking from a swelling guitar crescendo to put the music on militaristic alert by simultaneously pounding away at the single drum that stands at the front of the stage…singer Rachel Davies works the stage as something of a possessed force. Rarely without a pair of drumsticks in her hands, she is ready to strike, regardless of what is or isn’t in her way.”

Hear & download the “Deathwaltz” MP3 HERE, and watch the remarkable video for “Despair” below. (Esben have a fantastic videography, check out THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS too.)

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Out Today – Esben And The Witch “Wash The Sins Not Only The Face”

By Judge on Monday, January 21st, 2013


Today sees the release of the second album from Esben and the Witch.  Wash The Sins Not Only The Face is as majestic as it is triumphant – dispelling any fears of the ‘difficult second album’, the band have grown into themselves and produced a focused and confident album. The album has been streaming all week over at Pitchfork.

For folks outside of the US – Order / download here, or visit your local independent record store – iTunes | Vinyl | CD And for those stateside, grab your copy from the Matador Store.

Playing live in Europe this February, the dates are below.  Esben will also be playing live at a free instore at Rough Trade East tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd January.

Tue 22 Jan – London – Rough Trade East (7pm)

Thu 07 Feb – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Fri 08 Feb – Glasgow – School Of Art
Sat 09 Feb – Manchester – Bunker
Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique
Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22
Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust
Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu
Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1
Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik
Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9
Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar
Sun 24 Feb – Paris Point – Ephemere
Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala

 

Esben and the Witch – streaming at Pitchfork

By Stuart on Monday, January 14th, 2013

The new Esben and the Witch album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face is out on Monday, but a week early Pitchfork stream the album in full as part of their new Advance series (where you might have caught the new Yo La Tengo album last week).  The stream comes with full artwork, complete with lyrics and in-studio photos exclusive to Pitchfork.

Esben play a hometown show at The Green Door Store in Brighton on the eve of their album release this Sunday (tickets with pre-orders from Resident Records), with a Rough East in-store next Tuesday, January 22nd at 7pm.

Their European tour commences in February with the below dates, be sure to also check out the new Despair and Deathwaltz videos too.

 

Sun 20 Jan – Brighton – Green Door Store – Tickets via album pre-order

Tue 22nd Jan – London – Rough Trade East – 7pm

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Thu 07 Feb – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – Tickets

Fri 08 Feb – Glasgow – School Of Art – Tickets

Sat 09 Feb – Manchester – Bunker – Tickets

Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique – Tickets

Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22 – Tickets

Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust – Tickets

Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu – Tickets

Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1 – Tickets

Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik – Tickets

Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9 – Tickets

Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar – Tickets

Sun 24 Feb – Paris Point – Ephemere – Tickets

Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala – Tickets

 

Esben’s Despair video premieres on Pitchfork

By Stuart on Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Despair is the new video from Esben and the Witch, premiering today on Pitchfork ahead of their forthcoming second album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face, out on January 21st (digital & mail-order only in the US).

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Despair video credits:

Dancing and choreography by Simon Fowler and Simon Palmer
Director of Photography: Matt Bowron
Produced by Bradley Kulisic and Esben and the Witch
Edited by Matt Bowron

Their UK and European touring starts next week, a pre-release show on the eve of the album release in their Brighton hometown marks the start of their 2013 live shows, with their following dates starting soon after – with a newly added Rough Trade in-store for January 22nd.

Sun 20 Jan – Brighton – Green Door Store – Tickets via album pre-order

Tue 22 Jan – London – Rough Trade East – instore – 7pm

Thu 07 Feb – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – Tickets

Fri 08 Feb – Glasgow – School Of Art – Tickets

Sat 09 Feb – Manchester – Bunker – Tickets

Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique – Tickets

Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22 – Tickets

Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust – Tickets

Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu – Tickets

Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1 – Tickets

Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik – Tickets

Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9 – Tickets

Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar – Tickets

Sun 24 Feb – Paris Point – Ephemere – Tickets

Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala – Tickets

Esben and the Witch – Deathwaltz video

By Stuart on Friday, December 14th, 2012

Esben and the Witch unveil another cinematic music video for Deathwaltz from their new album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face (pre-order here) –  the same track you might have heard re-worked by Mr Dave Sitek just the other week.

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Shot in their Brighton, UK hometown the Deathwaltz video was partly shot on a high-speed Phantom HD Gold camera, shooting at 1000 frames per second, allowing super slow-motion shots, as you might have seen in such modern classics as Inception and Jackass 3.5, it makes everything look mind-bendingly time warped.

On the road next year, Esben and the Witch play the below tour dates, with tickets the Brighton show available to those pre-ordering the album at Brighton record store Resident.  The vinyl version of the album comes with a bonus 7″, featuring the Dave Sitek re-working and exclusive track ‘Trail’, only available at shows and from independent record stores.

www.esbenandthewitch.co.uk

January

20 – Brighton – Green Door Store – Tickets via pre-order

February

07 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – Tickets

08 – Glasgow – School Of Art – Tickets

09 – Manchester – Bunker – Tickets

15 – Brussels – Botanique – Tickets

16 – Munster – Gleiss 22 – Tickets

17 – Hamburg – Knust – Tickets

18 – Berlin – Bi Nuu – Tickets

20 – Munich – 59to1 – Tickets

21 – Zürich – Rote Fabrik – Tickets

22 – Cologne – Gebaude 9 – Tickets

23 – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar – Tickets

24 – Paris Point – Ephemere – Tickets

26 – London – Scala – Tickets

Esben and the Witch: Dave Sitek re-working, bonus 7″ and an “out-store”

By Stuart on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Brighton’s Esben and the Witch unveil a song today, a re-working of their latest track ‘Deathwaltz’ by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio and several noteable production credit mentions) who rips the core vocal and instrumental elements from the the original track and pieces them back together along with his own added production.

The re-worked track appears with new original song ‘Trail’ on a bonus 7″, available exclusively at all good independent record stores (UK/Europe only) with the LP version of Wash The Sins Not Only The Face, out in January.

As an additional bonus, each customer pre-ordering from Brighton record store Resident will receive a pair of tickets for a special show (read: in-store that won’t fit in the store, so we guess this is an ‘out-store’?) at Green Door Store in Brighton on January 20th, along with a signed poster.

Pre-order the album from Resident here.

Esben and the Witch live:

January

20 – Brighton – Green Door Store – Tickets via pre-order

February

07 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – Tickets

08 – Glasgow – School Of Art – Tickets

09 – Manchester – Bunker – Tickets

15 – Brussels – Botanique – Tickets

16 – Munster – Gleiss 22 – Tickets

17 – Hamburg – Knust – Tickets

18 – Berlin – Bi Nuu – Tickets

20 – Munich – 59to1 – Tickets

21 – Zürich – Rote Fabrik – Tickets

22 – Cologne – Gebaude 9 – Tickets

23 – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar – Tickets

24 – Paris Point – Ephemere – Tickets

26 – London – Scala – Tickets