May 10, 2014

hmv.com reviews… The Wytches @ The Great Escape
by James
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hmv.com reviews… The Wytches @ The Great Escape

Who?

The Wytches - up and coming Brighton-based band churning out loud, psychedelic surf rock.

Where?

Republic of Music - Middle Street, Brighton @ The Great Escape

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

Packed to capacity. Republic of Music is an odd little venue, tucked away down an alley off of Middle Street it’s essentially just a courtyard with bands playing out the side of what looks like a garage, but the makeshift vibe of it all really created a great atmosphere. Everyone who’d managed to heave themselves within eyesight of the band was getting right into it, busting some dance moves down at the front along to the band’s gnarly riffs.

So what was the set like? What did they play?

Their set was short but explosively sweet, with the band thrashing and grooving their way through about 25 minutes of heavy, bass-driven surf riffs and pounding drums, tearing through songs like ‘Digsaw’ and ‘Robe for Juda’.

Any good between song banter?

Not much for conversation, these lads. The set was delivered straight and fast, no messing around, with a quick “thanks, we’re The Wytches”, then they were gone.

Did they put on much of a show?

They’re a lively bunch onstage and you can tell they really enjoy playing together, they were totally lost in their music.

What was the highlight of the set?

A rousing rendition of ‘Gravedweller’ kicked things off with a bangand everybody moving. Even better, it actually stopped raining, which was handy with it being an open air venue…

Where can I catch them next?

After this they’re playing throughout May in Southampton, Exeter, Bath, Cardiff, London and Canterbury, so there’s plenty of time to catch them before they’re off on a North American tour in July.

The Wytches - Gravedweller

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