ALL THEM WITCHES – ” Nothing As The Ideal “

Posted: July 12, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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All Them Witches will return with a new album, their first as a trio, called “Nothing as the Ideal” on September 4th. All Them Witches boarded a flight to London on February 27th and spent nine days recording at Abbey Road. “It was incredible. We have a studio south of Nashville, and it’s an amazing sounding space, but it just wasn’t the right time to record this record there,” McLeod says. “I decided that I wanted to do another album with Mikey Allred, who produced and engineered and mixed Dying Surfer Meets His Maker. We started writing more in January and February, and Mikey and I were talking one day and we both just came up with the Abbey Road idea. Robby and bassist Michael Parks were totally on board, and something like later that afternoon, we booked our dates.”

According to McLeod, the studio is as magical as fans would expect. “I walked in and it was like one of those out of body experiences,” he remarks. “Robby got there like an hour before I did and he looked at me and was like, ‘Dude, I almost cried three times.’ It’s a huge room, and the vibe isn’t in the vintage microphones that the Beatles used, it’s not in any of the gear, the old compressors and all that stuff … you go there because the room sounds good. For me, that was the icing on the cake. This studio actually just sounds amazing.”

The record is their most experimental work to date. It’s also their heaviest album and we’re very much liking the sound of lead track Saturnine & Iron Jaw, a near seven minute slow, bluesy burn that takes off from a looping, chiming intro and gentle guitar into a hypnotic, full-on psychedelic wig out crescendo. Time for some heavy, heavy psych – channeling their inner Sabbath, Zeppelin and Pink Floyd – All Them Witches deliver a masterpiece of throwback 70s riffola on The Children of Coyote Woman.

We’ve been fans of Nashville psych-rock outfit All Them Witches for a while now, their lysergic, riff-worshipping sound striking the perfect balance between reverent throwback and forward-thinking experimentation. Shades of Sabbath, Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues and others abound, but All Them Witches are on their own unique trip. Nothing as the Ideal, the follow-up to 2018 LP ATW and last year’s standalone single “1X1,” and the group first full-length since they slimmed down from quartet to trio. Recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, the eight-track album features some of the band’s heaviest moments and some of their quietest.

All Them Witches deliver a masterpiece of throwback 70s riffola on The Children of Coyote Woman.

“‘The Children of Coyote Woman’ is a retelling of the founding of Rome through a southern perspective,” ATW frontman Charles Michael Parks Jr. tells us. “Two brothers fight to see who will control the region after the passing of their mother, a woman so fierce and legendary that people would rather leave their homes than get in her way. Though powerful, though fierce, their lives exist in a minuscule blip in the universe and are still tied to the struggles and hardships of trying to survive in the poor rural south.

“In my mind, there are a lot of similarities between the Roman empire and the USA. The same essence of power and ingenuity, as well as it’s brutal conquests for resources. The founding fathers undoubtedly studied the reign of the Caesars and chose it as a model for their new republic.”

All Them Witches are offering up a nice respite from all the chaos going on in the world. The Nashville rockers have announced the forthcoming release of a new album, Nothing as the Ideal. Moreover, the band share a taste of what’s to come with opening track “Saturnine & Iron Jaw”. Regarding the song “Saturnine & Iron Jaw”, guitarist and songwriter Ben McLeod tells us, “We very specifically wanted to lead with this track. I think it’s the most well-rounded track on the record; it’s constantly changing, it has a lot of different vibes to it.”

He gives a hint at what to expect with the rest of Nothing as the Ideal, as he adds, “Obviously there are way heavier songs on the record,” but “Saturnine & Iron Jaw” should let fans know All Them Witches are still very much rooted in psychedelic and bluesy rock. “This is our first record without keys,” he continues, “but in this song, there is something for everyone.”

With a slow-burn of an opening, the track builds into a crescendo of psychedelic rock. “That whole intro is a compilation of about five or six loops that Robby Staebler, drums had made on tour,” he explains. “He gave them all to me and we knew that we wanted the album to start that way. The only thing I added, production wise, is a little after the one minute mark, the pitch drops and then there’s a bell that rings five times. It’s totally cheesy, but I thought it would be cool to have it ring five times before the guitar comes in, kind of representing our previous five studio albums. And then on the fifth bell, the sixth album begins.”

This album for me is a return to center, and not in a way that is repeated by countless social media influencers or retail giants trying to improve their score. It is a return in the fact that even in the lowest moments and even when I’m shoveling past rock bottom, I have a choice, and it shows up when it shows up. My job is to catch the moment of action when when it arrives and to see it as neither a burden or a blessing, but as “the way.”

We love you, please enjoy the music that we have made, and please love yourself, your neighbours, and your planet. Parks, ATW

The new album available September 4th, Nothing as the Ideal will arrive on September 4th via New West Records The album was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles famously laid down most of their iconic catalogue.

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