L.A. WITCH enchant with their stripped back West Coast vibes at Musik & Frieden

LA Witch

Not knowing much, or anything, about a band, is a nice way to enter into a gig. Having been substituted in to go to the gig last minute, I didn’t know anything about L.A. WITCH. And with telling a few friends I was going to see them, they all seemed quite jealous. L.A. Witch seemed to be a small band making big waves.

With Triptides opening the night, the mood was set for a modern-day showcasing of the depths of the music scene in LA. With soft, nearly calming lyrics and were sung out along to snippets of rhythms and beats that made it easy to bob your head, move your feet or do whatever you felt like in appreciation. With their shoegaze, psychedelic rock feel the crowd was certainly warmed up for what L.A. Witch had in store.

What I came to learn early in their set was that this was L.A. WITCH’s second Berlin gig in just about 6 months. With the first being a sold-out show in Kantine Berghain and this gig being in support of their self-titled debut album, released last September.

With only three members to the band, they pack a punch in their music as if there were three more on stage.

With only three members to the band, they pack a punch in their music as if there were three more on stage. From the get-go, L.A. WITCH filled the room with slick guitar, healthy drum beats and beautifully naïve, droning vocals. And it never stopped (until it actually stopped of course). The three, stern-faced ladies kept on giving.

Art in the realm of slacked out punk rock.

The three members, along with their instruments, seemed to float on separate, amazingly distinguishable lines of music that all came together to form one perfectly assembled piece of art. Art in the realm of slacked out punk rock.

Fitting to the venue of Musik & Frieden, their sound was grungy and though their set was slightly short they gave us ample time to rock out. They certainly did not disappoint. With this small, live show they have set the bar quite high for someone who knew nothing about them. They have been on repeat since.

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