Debut EP Reincarnate out today Via Sony’s Music For Nations
Includes tracks ‘Reincarnate’, ‘In The Resurrect’, and ‘In Birth’
Announced to perform at 2000 Trees
Debut EP Reincarnate Out now digitally / Special edition 12” vinyl released 3rd Dec
Rough Trade East in-store 4th Dec
(Photographer Credit: Debbie Ellis (Hi-res available here))
Praise for Witch Fever:
“Reincarnate is a powerful, fierce debut oozing with potential, with as many mighty riffs and snarling feminist putdowns as any rock fan could possibly want. Witch Fever are a band that you’re not going to want to take your eyes off. ” - 4/5 Kerrang! Magazine
“This is a band with such clear talent, and if you aren’t picking this EP up from your local record shop you’re doing yourself a disservice." - 9/10 Gigwise
“If Witch Fever were a cult it would be incredibly difficult to refuse an offer to join them.” - CLASH
“The raw, breathless energy of early Nirvana gets coated in doom cobwebs (think Candlemass, early Black Sabbath etc)” - Louder (‘Reincarnate’)
“They look cool as fuck, they sound like a reckoning and they really mean it.” - NME 100: Essential emerging artists for 2021
“This is something that could scorch lawns and burn down buildings, this is Witch Fever” - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music
“With sharp percussion and a badass final verse, Witch Fever deliver a feminist punk anthem” - The Forty-Five (‘Reincarnate’)
Forming four years ago after meeting through mutual friends, Manchester’s Witch Fever have gone from strength to strength since their beginning. Signing to Sony’s Music For Nations, supporting Bob Vylan in an almost sold-out tour, and today they release their long-awaited debut EP Reincarnate digitally, with the 12” vinyl out 3rd December. Listen and pre-order here.
Including singles ‘In The Resurrect’ (watch here), ‘In Birth’ (watch here), and title track ‘Reincarnate’ (watch here), the four-piece have had a flood of praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Dan P Carter, The Guardian, The Forty-Five, NME, CLASH, Kerrang! Magazine, Rough Trade, BBC6 Music’ Steve Lamacq, and many more, with Gigwise saying “This is a band with such clear talent”.
“There’s a big emphasis on female empowerment and female anger,” says bassist Alex of the message raging behind the band’s music. “It’s about celebrating yourself and self-expression. Not being stifled and held back.”
On the EP, singer Amy says, “This is the first time we’ll be releasing something longer than a single so it’s very exciting for us! The EP doesn’t really have a singular meaning behind it, it’s a mix of what our favourite songs to date were! Some of them we wrote and finished during the lockdown and some are a few years old. The overall lyrical content is a cross between biblical and horror imagery as a way to explore empowerment, catharsis and anger. It’s about owning my sexuality, my body and channelling my anger through music. With every piece of music we write we want to break the boundaries of a typical ‘Witch Fever’ song and push ourselves as musicians to keep evolving and getting out of our comfort zones! The more brutal the better!”
Listen to the debut EP Reincarnate HERE.
Witch Fever have also just been announced for 2000 Trees which will be headlined by IDLES (who they will be supporting this January at O2 Academy Brixton), Thrice who will perform album Vheissu in full, and Jimmy Eat World. Also playing are PUP, The Chats, Chubby And The Gang, Laura Jane Grace, Phoxjaw, Rolo Tomassi, and more. Tickets on sale now here.
To celebrate the release of EP Reincarnate on vinyl, they will be performing in store at Rough Trade East on 4th December, with a signing. Get tickets here via DICE.
Witch Fever are:
Amy Walpole: Lead vocals Alex Thompson: Bass and backing vocals Alisha Yarwood: Guitar Annabelle Joyce: Drums
Reincarnate EP out now digitally / 3rd December on vinyl (pre-order HERE)
1. Reincarnate 2. In The Resurrect 3. Abject 4. In Birth 5. Initiation 6. Bully Boy
About Witch Fever:
Witch Fever’s name is inspired by the hysteria which accompanied the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, and Europe, which the band have long considered were a means to belittle, suppress and diminish women.
William Morris, owner of the UK's largest mining plant, DGC, and originator of the British Arts and Crafts movement and arguably the finest wallpaper designer of his generation, coined the term Witch Fever, which was a phrase to dismiss arsenic and- wallpaper-related public health concerns in 1885.
In Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green, known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green, which became an instant favourite amongst designers and manufacturers the world over, thanks to its versatility in creating enduring yellows, vivid greens, and brilliant blues.
Most insidiously, the arsenic-laced pigment made its way into intricately patterned, brightly coloured wallpapers and from there, as they became increasingly in vogue, into the Victorian home. As its use became widespread, commercial arsenic mines increased production to meet the near-insatiable demand. Not least of which was whose owner was William Morris.
Concocting a potent sonic assault that recalls the foreboding darkness of Black Sabbath, Savages’ monochrome post-punk, and the dirty breathlessness of Bleach-era Nirvana, Manchester’s Witch Fever create a confrontational racket that takes no prisoners. Being named as ones to watch by NME, CLASH, Metro, and more, as well as championed by Fred Perry, Vans and even Orange Amps, Witch Fever are a band you’ll want to keep a close eye on.
WITCH FEVER 4th December 2021 - Rough Trade East
FESTIVAL DATES 11th September 2021 - Burn It Down Festival, Devon 16th April 2022 – Futurama Festival, Liverpool 7th - 9th July - 2000 Trees, Cheltenham
IDLES & BAMBARA* SUPPORT TOUR - UK/EU 17th January 2022 - London, O2 Academy Brixton 1st March 2022 - Paris, Elysee Montmartre 2nd March 2022 - Lyon, Transbordeur 3rd March 2022 - Milan, Fabrique 4th March 2022 – Turin, Cap10100* 5th March – Nimes, La Paloma* 6th March 2022 - Toulouse, Le Bikini 7th March 2022 - Bilbao, Santana 9th March 2022 - Barcelona, Razzmattazz 10th March 2022 - Madrid, Riviera 11th March 2022 - Lisbon, Coliseum