Tapping into characteristics of dark psych, punk and noise, Brighton trio the Wytches surfaced just before the end of 2012 with their angsty debut track ‘Digsaw’. The group attracted more publicity earlier this year when they toured with Sub Pop Records’ Metz for a string of dates in the south of England. Recently, their debut single ‘Beehive Queen/Crying Clown’ (a double A-side) was released with London imprint Hate Hate Hate Records (the offshoot of Luv Luv Luv Records, home to SPLASHH), and they have been touring the country in support of the release. Fresh off tour with fellow noise-lovers Drenge, we caught up with the trio before a string of dates in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow. Read below:
We are Kristian Bell (vocals, guitar, organ), Dan Rumsey (bass, backing vocals), and Gianni ‘Rusty’ Honey (drums).
What’s your background in music? Is this your first music project? Tell us how the Wytches began…
We were all in bands before the Wytches but this is the first band were it’s felt real. We met at uni in Brighton at the end of 2011.
You’ve been on tour with Drenge in the past month. Other than the unfortunate robbery in Birmingham, how has touring and touring with Drenge been?
It’s been really good, Drenge are top lads. They made us feel welcome and they don’t half know how to pour a Guinness. The Birmingham thing [robbery] was bad but it made us play with more ferocity for the rest of the tour; we’re looking ahead not back.
There’s been very favourable comparisons made towards the Wytches, and one more so than any other, the Horrors. Do you understand why people compare you to them, and, are you happy/comfortable with it?
Yeah we get the comparison and we’re fine with it. It’s obviously a compliment as they are great band.
Your lyrics, aesthetics and even you name point towards hallmarks of horror and terror. Do you worry that people may find you intimidating, or worse, comical? Furthermore, is there any theatricality involved at all?
It’s definitely not theatrical. I think if anybody does think that, they should come see a show and see what we’re all about - there are no gimmicks.
What releases are you looking forward to hearing this year? What have you heard this year that has impressed you?
We’re looking forward to the new Arctic Monkeys album and the debut EAGULLS album. Metz impressed us a lot this year.
Who do you think people should listen to this year? Introduce us to an artist.
Listen to Dolomite Minor and Blonde Bunny.
What are The Wytches hoping to achieve by the end of the year? Will there be any chance of hearing an album before the end of 2013?
A load of touring and working on the debut but I doubt it will be out this year. Never say never though.
Catch The Wytches on tour this week, see the dates below:
12th June - Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds.
13th June - The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool.
14th June - Trof Fallowfield, Manchester.
15th June - Broadcast, Glasgow (Supporting The Fresh & Onlys)
25th June - The Haunt, Brighton (Supporting The Black Angels)