- Wash The Sins Not Only The Face - - 2013-01-22
- Violet Cries - OLE-939 - 2011-02-08
- Violet Cries - The Remixes - OLE-977 - 2013-09-26
- Hexagons EP - OLE-971 - 2011-11-08
- Marching Song - OLE-946 - 2010-10-12
Since forming in Brighton in 2008, Esben and the Witch have forged a sound that springs forth from minds soaked in influences far and beyond any standard set of musical touchstones. Nature and literature, art and science, history and the unknown – the trio eschews the everyday for inspiration drawn from sources weird and wonderful, as well as the occasional Scott Walker and PJ Harvey record. And the results?
The results have been excellently received. A demo-cum-EP, ‘33’, was sold at gigs and distributed online, leading to coverage from British broadsheets to US blogs. Esben followed this early success with a split release on the Dance to the Radio label, contributing the track ‘Skeleton Swoon’ to a 12” in the autumn of 2009, and their first official 7” single, ‘Lucia, at the Precipice’, was released through Too Pure in February 2010. Both limited-edition vinyl releases sold out in no time at all.
‘Lucia’ was supported by the band’s first headline UK tour, and they hit the road again in May 2010 as main support to The Big Pink. They have shared stages with a wealth of critically acclaimed artists, including The xx, Wild Beasts, Efterklang, Deerhunter and Sian Alice Group. In the summer of 2010 they will take their ever-evolving live set to festivals home and abroad, having already taken their first steps onto the continent with debut shows in Paris and Amsterdam.
The second half of 2010 will see Esben’s profile reach new heights. The band signed with Matador Records earlier in the year, becoming the label’s only UK act alongside a roster including Sonic Youth and Cat Power, and the first fruits of this relationship will be ripe for release in the autumn. In support of their first EP for Matador, ‘Marching Song’ – due late September; their debut album will follow in early 2011 – Esben will tour the US with Foals and embark on another UK tour before the year is through. They will also appear at Matador’s 21st anniversary celebrations in Las Vegas.
And what do they sound like? At some stage of their ascent, a single soul deemed this distillation of pointed beats, percussive drama and ethereal atmospherics “nightmare pop”. But the band would rather you dreamt up your own terminology, just as they have sought to establish a new sonic vocabulary through which to express their innermost emotions.
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(Attempting to avoiding mention of the "H" word...) Esben and the Witch play a one-off show at London's Barfly on October 31st, for the crazily cheap price of £1.25 (booking fee for a free ticket) to guarantee entry for the night, available here. Having just finished their co-headline tour with Thought Forms and Teeth Of the Sea, recent reviews of their live shows include The Quietus calling the band "a visceral and thrilling presence on stage", so make the most of this chance for the chance of some new material from the Brighton trio.
shot by Adam Kola on Super 8 and digital camera during Esben and The Witch's May 2013 European tour (Luxembourg, Vevey, Milan, Turin, Ravenna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Leipzig). From the LP/CD/digital album 'Wash The Sins Not Only The Face'. upcoming dates : Oct 7th - London - Lexington (UK) Oct 8th - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club (UK) Oct 9th - Liverpool - Kazimier (UK) Oct 10th - Sheffield - Harley (UK) Oct 12th - Leicester - Cookie Jar (UK) Oct 13th - Brighton - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar (UK) Oct 14th - Bristol - The Exchange (UK)
Online and free to share with your friends today, Esben and the Witch release the Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Remixes EP. Featuring remixes and reworkings from the likes of Mute's Maps, Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Klad Hest (BEAK>) and more - you can stream the EP on the widget below, which is also free to embed and share. Head over to esbenandthewitch.co.uk to download the EP today. Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Remixes 1. When That Head Splits - remixed by Maps 2. Deathwaltz - reworking, produced by David Andrew Sitek 3. The Fall of Glorieta Mountain - remixed by Lumbers 4. When That Head Splits - remixed by Woodpecker Wooliams 5. Despair - The President Chews A Bind - Klad Hest remix 6. Smashed To Pieces In The Still of the Night - remixed by Teeth of the Sea Also online today is a live session version of Yellow Wood, taken from the album - filmed by our friends Bowlegs. Daniel's facial hair styling continues to change daily.
Set your eyes to stunned - the new Esben and the Witch video for "When That Head Splits" is a psychadelic animated wonder, created by director Rafael Bonilla Jr, it uses almost 9,000 still frames and premieres today via Tumblr. Currently on tour in Europe, they return to the UK for their largest headline show to date at London's Scala (Tickets), before making their long-awaited return to the USA and Canada. The band have recently shared a track-by-track of their new album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face on their Facebook page, whilst director Ralph Bonilla had these words about the video: "I started first with the painting that was part of the inspiration for the song, Salvador Dali's Metamorphosis of Narcissus and the accompanying poem. One of my favorite things about Dali is that his paintings are full of hidden meanings and symbols, so I tried to do the same. I combined this with lyrics from the song, as well as an idea the band hand about a girl who gradually transforms into the landscape she's traveling through. The girl in the video is a combination of the nude women and the dog in the Dali painting, and as she travels through different regions of this strange alien planet, her body transforms along with it. I saw the other characters and the different locations in the story as reflections of her own self, until finally in the last segment of the video, she ends up in a place made entirely out of flesh and blood, literally inside her own body. Most of the video was accomplished using plasticine models ranging from 4in. - 1ft., which were fitted with wire armatures. The backgrounds are either digital paintings or watercolors. The final product contains almost 9,000 frames that were animated by hand." Upcoming tour dates: Fri 15 Feb - Brussels - Botanique - Tickets Sat 16 Feb - Munster - Gleiss 22 - Tickets Sun 17 Feb - Hamburg - Knust - Tickets Mon 18 Feb - Berlin - Bi Nuu - Tickets Wed 20 Feb - Munich - 59to1 - Tickets Thu 21 Feb - Zürich - Rote Fabrik - Tickets Fri 22 Feb - Cologne - Gebaude 9 - Tickets Sat 23 Feb - Utrecht - Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar - Tickets Sun 24 Feb - Paris Point - Ephemere - Tickets Tue 26 Feb - London - Scala - Tickets - Thu Mar 21 – Philadephia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie Fri Mar 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge Sat Mar 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory Sun Mar 24 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore Mon Mar 25 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake Tue Mar 26 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle Wed Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry Sun Mar 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club Mon Apr 01 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey Tue Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios Thu Apr 04 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall Fri Apr 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar Sat Apr 06 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar Sun Apr 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom Tue Apr 09 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk Wed Apr 10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada Thu Apr 11 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Fri Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar Sat Apr 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory Stage) Sun Apr 14 – Durham, NC – Motorco Mon Apr 15 – Washington, DC – DC9
Photo taken from The Line Of Best Fit Esben And The Witch, one of our best live bands (just sayin'!), will be touring the US in support of their new album, Wash the Sins Not Only The Face: Thu Mar 21 - Philadephia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie Fri Mar 22 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge Sat Mar 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory Sun Mar 24 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore Mon Mar 25 - Toronto, ON - Underground at The Drake Tue Mar 26 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle Wed Mar 27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry Sun Mar 31 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club Mon Apr 01 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey Tue Apr 02 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios Thu Apr 04 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall Fri Apr 05 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar Sat Apr 06 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar Sun Apr 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom Tue Apr 09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk Wed Apr 10 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada Thu Apr 11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Fri Apr 12 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar Sat Apr 13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory Stage) Sun Apr 14 - Durham, NC - Motorco Mon Apr 15 - Washington, DC - DC9 Of their live show, the Los Angeles Times said, "They alternate moments of grandeur with explosions of fury, with all three members occasionally breaking from a swelling guitar crescendo to put the music on militaristic alert by simultaneously pounding away at the single drum that stands at the front of the stage…singer Rachel Davies works the stage as something of a possessed force. Rarely without a pair of drumsticks in her hands, she is ready to strike, regardless of what is or isn't in her way." Hear & download the "Deathwaltz" MP3 HERE, and watch the remarkable video for "Despair" below. (Esben have a fantastic videography, check out THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS too.)