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L.A. Witch Does Local Label Proud in Opening Slot for Black Mountain

Posted by September 22nd, 2019 No Comments »

L.A. Witch Live @ The Crocodile
Sept. 13, 2019 in Seattle
Words and Photos by Eric Tra

Los Angeles based garage-psych rock trio, L.A. Witch, returned to Seattle this month for a near sold out show at the Crocodile opening for Vancouver, B.C.’s epic psych rock band Black Mountain.

Led by Sade Sanchez, L.A. Witch’s sound is steeped in vintage reverb and is the kind of stuff that makes you want to take a long drive into a desert sunset with the top down. The set at the Croc’ gave returning and new converts a healthy serving of songs from the band’s debut 2017 self-titled album as well as tracks from their 2018 EP Octubre and some unreleased tracks from a supposed upcoming album.

In true L.A. Witch fashion, the band entered the stage and with few words from Sanchez or bassist Irita Pai and got right into the set. The undeniable influence of psych-rock can be heard in Sanchez’s echoing, melodic vocals and guitar twang which yields in a sound that is both mysterious and haunting—this sound, in particular is most evident in tracks such as “Kill My Baby Tonight” and “Baby in Blue Jeans,” both crowd favorites.

As the trio wrapped up their last song, members of the audience could be heard yelling for an encore through the applause. Rest assured for local fans, the band is signed to the Seattle based label, Suicide Squeeze, so chances to bask in L.A. Witch’s sonic magic again are likely to be abundant.

Be sure to catch these guys on tour, they’ve got some exciting shows on the horizon with other Seattle rock idols such as Reignwolf and are even playing Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival.


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