*This is part of our “Aftershock Festival 2018 Spotlight” where we branch out and focus on some of the up-and-coming bands that fans can see at this year’s Aftershock Festival on October 13th & 14th. This week, we’re checking out ALL THEM WITCHES.*
Bringing their awesome brand of psychedelic/stoner rock to the stage at this year’s Aftershock Festival is Nashville’s own All Them Witches. Since forming in 2012, the band has been quite prolific with recording. They have four full-length studio albums released – with their recently reviewed self-titled LP set to drop later this month – plus multiple EP’s, live albums, and singles for fans to check out. Their sound often has a retro quality and rawness that allows the music to breathe organically without the filter of flashy studio polish. The stony vibe will have you reaching to turn on your lava lamp and blacklight as you trip out to The Doors-esque, groovy keyboard jams on tracks such as “Fishbelly 86 Onions” from the band’s upcoming album.
The All Them Witches quartet is made up of Michael Parks, Jr. (vocals/bass), Ben Mcleod (guitar), Robby Staebler (drums), and the newly joined Jonathan Draper (keyboard), replacing Allan Van Cleave. Originally starting out as a DIY effort for their first three years, the band was eventually signed to New West Records, after the label’s president – who was a big fan of the band – was impressed by having seen them perform live three of four times.
As a live act, All Them Witches certainly know how to pull off a good jam session. Each musician is right in his element onstage and visibly immersed in the music. Songs seemingly take on their own visceral existence that lives and breathes with the band’s energy, playing connectively as parts of a singular organism. For spectators, it’s an infectious vibe and unifying atmosphere that will remind you just what live music is all about.
If you are planning to attend Aftershock in October, be sure not to miss All Them Witches as part of Sunday’s lineup for what is sure to be an exciting and memorable show.
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