With ‘ATW’ being the fifth output to come from Nashville’s All Them Witches within the past six years, they’ve managed to plant themselves as an act who will regularly and consistently regularly pump our new material.
‘ATW’ is a reinvention of the 70s psychedelic rock sound, and it’s a banger. It’s hypnotic and atmospheric record that is filled to the brim with riffs. It wouldn’t be too out of place as a soundtrack for TV shows like Peaky Blinders or Sons Of Anarchy; you can easily see imagine these cuts acting as a backdrop as gang members roll through town before an action filled scene.
Kicking things off, ‘Fishbelly 86 Onions’ greets us with fuzzy feedback for a few seconds before a snare hit takes us straight into the first hypnotic, repeating riff of the album. The instruments regularly pause and leave the floor open for the vocals to tell a story of what seems to be a man who “never thought he would wake up from a fist fight.”
Interchanged with all of this are wailing synth solos and occasions where frontman Charles Michael Parks, Jr. will count all the way up to twenty, taking us off track for a while before expertly bringing it back smoothly, and making you realise that you’re in for a quirky kind of ride with this album. All of these quirks mould together to make some really memorable tracks, even if this is over six minutes of the same riff.
‘Workhorse’ holds no conventional drum work; just the rims of the drums being tapped for the majority of the time, wavy wild west like riffs, and generally badass-ery. It kind of makes you feel like you should be sitting back in your wooden rocking chair with a piece of straw in your mouth, and feeling like you’re on top of the world.
‘1st Vs. 2nd’ includes some great guitar work that’s not too far removed from something that Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age would’ve written a few years back. There’s a nice use of harmonic interplay between the guitarists, but then in contrast to this nice and technical interplay of the guitars and all of the harmonics used in the verses, the last few minutes ends with an impressive section of straight chugging, proving that the same one note can have just as much impact as a more flashy guitar style.
‘ATW’ is an all round fantastic album by the Nashville, Tennessee natives, showing that they could easily hang as support in a number of different genres, and a number of different bands.