ALL THEM WITCHES
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 8:00 - Show Starts: 9:00
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SLEEPING THROUGH THE WAR (NEW WEST RECORDS)
“Sleeping through the war — this is what we’re doing. There are so many terrible things going on in the world and we’re just staring at our phones, and we don’t see it so we don’t care.” Having just come in from practicing in the desert, Charles Michael Parks, singer/bassist for All Them Witches, elaborates on the very heavy times in which we all live. Parks and his bandmates — Ben McLeod, Allan Van Cleave and Robby Staebler — are enjoying a brief respite from the endless tour that saw them visit Europe three times in 2016. We’ve been talking for nearly ten minutes about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, among other things, before we cut through the cosmic fog that surrounds their new album Sleeping Through The War.
“It’s tough to get past all the cat videos.”
From their earliest days, there has a been a current in All Them Witches’ music that has come from outside the continuum of our collective perceptions. On 2013’s Lightning at the Door they drew a bigger chalk circle in the center of the crossroads and conjured a haunting occult- blues. On 2015’s New West Records debut Dying Surfer Meets His Maker they dove the depths of oceanic canyons and surfaced with a shining psychedelia. Sleeping Through The War is the next step in that progression.
“We write in every way possible,” says Parks. “There’s no limitations on it, no I’m going to come to it with this song and this is how it’s going to go. It’s more like stretching your arms out and seeing who can grab what and seeing what fits together from there.
“This is the most I’ve ever sang on a record, so my writing process was a little bit different than on the other ones. We weren’t relying on long, drawn out jam sections we were putting more of a storyline into the songs.
“The songs are catchier, they’re faster and there’s more singing. Or talking. Or whatever I’m doing.”
The result is evidence of the adventure, beauty, and excitement that lies on the other side of the galaxy. The fundamental laws that govern Sleeping Through The War are the same fundamentals that have made ATW a cult favorite — big fuzz, deep grooves, cosmic vision — but the journey through the wormhole has brought something else.
Start Time: 9:00
Handsome Jack is a nationally touring band based in Buffalo, NY. This Three piece swampy-blues and soul rock and roll band has released several independent records over the years. In 2014 Handsome Jack was signed to Alive Naturalsound Records (Black Keys first album, Radio Moscow, Beachwood Sparks, Bloody Hollies, Black Diamond Heavies, Mount Carmel, Nathaniel Mayer, T-Model Ford, Swamp Dogg). Their most recent record "Do What Comes Naturally" was released on the Alive label in October 2014. Since then they have received incredible reviews in the US and overseas by such publications as Blues Magazine UK as well as Rolling Stone magazine. The Band has also recently been featured on the TV shows Criminal Minds and Kingdom as well as a track in the film "Meadowlands" featuring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.
Rolling Stone - "In the world of writing about popular music, comparisons are often helpful tools, but just as often completely useless. Is it helpful to mention that American band Handsome Jack, apparently from Lockport, New York, sound like what you’d get if you put Audience’s Howard Werth, Siren’s Kevin Coyne or even Mungo Jerry’s Ray Dorset in front of Humble Pie circa their 1973 ode Eat It? Hell no! But this record is probably more fun than the first Black Crowes record—which from an influence/aesthetics standpoint, it oddly evokes—and were it to bear a Harvest Records imprint and a 1970 copyright date, no one would bat an eye. Which must mean it’s really good."