The Wytches flip psychedelia to it's dark underbelly. Jettisoning the whimsy that often sweetens the genre, the three piece take the fractured riffs of gothic post punk and the fuzzy grit of grunge and scatter them into a forbidding, swirling cosmos; as much Jesus Lizard snarl as they are Electric Prunes' head trip. Part of Heavenly Records' new class of psyche acts breathing life into the UK scene (with TOY and Temples as label mates) The Wytches have just released their debut album 'Annabel Dream Reader', which they're currently touring to much critical acclaim. Bass player Dan Rumsey came back to Earth long enough to give us an insight into their world--
Your music’s been described as an “outpouring of confused catharsis” by NPR, is that how you’d describe yourselves?
We'd just describe ourselves as surf rock. We get asked that so many times so it's simpler to just say that as that encompasses what we are.
Who have you drawn inspiration from to find your sound and stage presence?
How's touring with the gentlemen of Fat White Family?
Have you ever been caught getting down to upbeat, light, happy music too or does The Wytches’ sound reflect personal taste as well?
You’ve been described as “looking for trouble” by Noisey …are you?
If you could get away with it…what trouble would you like to cause?
Anywhere you're particularly looking forward to playing on the tour?
You’ve grown massively in the last three years, is it pretty surreal? How are you finding it?
7th Bestival, Isle of Wight
14th On Blackheath Festival, London
6th Harley, Sheffield
7th Think, Tank, Newcastle
9th Sound & Vision, Norwich
10th West End Centre, Aldershot
11th Kazimer, Liverpool
13th Duchess, York
14th Roadmender, Northampton
16th Joiners, Southampton
17th Exchange, Bristol
27th Brudenell, Leeds
28th Deaf Institute, Manchester
29th Stereo, Glasgow
2nd Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
3rd Scala, London4th Venue TBA, Brighton