Having just released their triumphant new album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker in Europe via New West Records, Nashville psych force All Them Witches reveal a new music video for ‘Open Passageways’.
Inspired by vocalist and bassist Charles Parks’ experiences when spending winter in the remote locale of Elmgrove, Louisiana, All Them Witches drummer and founding member Robby Staebler reveals ‘Open Passageways’ aesthetic “is a hand drawn animation done by my brother Jason. He had over 100 hours in it when we approached him. We were initially going to have Chad VanGaalen do a second video for us, but when we saw the stock reels Jason had been working on in secret it made a lot of sense to have close blood on board. The synchronicity between his imagery, before we approached him, and the lyrical content was a little mind blowing.”
Tree-top flying through doom-blues pastures and stoned, desert-rock passageways alike, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker grounds its sound with a solid skeleton of song writing. From the downbeat acoustic arpeggios of album opener ‘Call Me Star’, slowly melting into grittier chords and leading into the firebrand distorted bass of the barn-burning ‘El Centro’, inspired by a rowdy show performed out in the wayward town of El Centro, California. To the cerebral, sweeping ‘Open Passageways’, mined from vocalist and bassist Charles Parks’ experience stranded and broke in the remote locale of Elmgrove, Louisiana in a house once owned by his grandmother. This four-pronged sonic militia paint from a diverse sonic palette.
Their embryonic live performances often coagulate into a singular unit, a live-wire electrifying sound, which was captured on their first two studio albums, Our Mother Electricity (2012) and Lightning at the Door (2014). But if those records were a snapshot of the bands onstage chemistry, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker is an evolution into sophisticated psych-rock that’s ever-lurching forward, but never spirals out of control. “This band is like having four guitars,” Parks says, “I play bass like a guitar, Allen plays keys like a guitar, and Robby even plays drums like a guitar: he’s doing fills and rolls. It’s almost like the percussive element of fingerpicking, the sound of fingers on strings.”
“None of our shows are the same twice”, Parks adds. “We like not having to get up and play our songs the same way every night. It’s like jazz, where the main parts are there, but the rest is made up. We never say it, it just happens, we let the music talk for us.” Catch All Them Witches live in the UK on four dates beginning February 28th at London’s Lexington.
UK Tour Dates
28 London, The Lexington SOLD OUT
29 Manchester, Gullivers SOLD OUT
1 Glasgow, King Tuts
2 London, The Lexington SOLD OUT