Nominated for Best UK Breakthrough Artist at Heavy Music Awards
After a successful 2021 including signing to Sony’s Music For Nations, and releasing their debut EP Reincarnate to critical acclaim, Witch Fever return with new single ‘Blessed Be Thy’ which was produced by Pigs x7’s Sam Grant at Blank Studios in Newcastle.
Witch Fever are well versed in using religious thematic material to develop their lyricality, and ‘Blessed Be Thy’ sees Amy Walpole tailor language, cadence, and rhythm of a traditional hymn to deliver her own message, “blessed be thy shame / It makes us remember truth / A slow decline, the cursed divine / A place to hang your youth”.
Bassist Alex Thompson says of the track, “it just goes heavy”, as it boasts a crunchy wall of noise akin to bands like Show Me The Body and Gilla Band.
Alex adds, “it was literally the last song we wrote before we went into the studio but came together really quickly. I think it still has an essence of some of our older material, so it’s a good way to bridge the gap.”
Teaming up with long time collaborator Sam O’Leary, Sony’s 4th Floor Creative team, and stylist Matt King (Brooke Candy, Shygirl, Bimini), they delivered a video for ‘Blessed Be Thy’ that’s akin to Blur’s ‘Song 2’, The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, and early 00s music channels like Kerrang and Scuzz.
Gaining praise from The Guardian, Rough Trade, CLASH, NME, The Observer, Gigwise, BBC Radio 1, Kerrang! Magazine, Fred Perry, and BBC6 Music to name a few, as well as a tour with IDLES, new single ‘Blessed Be Thy’ will serve as a prelude of things to come for the Manchester four piece.
They’ve also been nominated for Best UK Breakthrough Artist at the Heavy Music Awards, with voting closing on 22nd April. Vote HERE.
Witch Fever are:
Amy Walpole: Lead vocalsAlex Thompson: Bass and backing vocals Alisha Yarwood: Guitar Annabelle Joyce: Drums
13th April – Gigwise Show at Night & Day15th April – Manchester Punk Festival SOLD OUT 16th April – Futurama Festival, Liverpool 1st May – Bad Pond Festival, Brighton 11th – 14th – The Great Escape, Brighton 23rd May – Green Door Store, Brighton – Surfbort 24th May – Strange Brew, Bristol – Surfbort 25th May – Soup Kitchen, Manchester – Surfbort 26th May – King Tuts, Glasgow – Surfbort 29th May – Elsewhere, Margate – Surfbort 24th June – Outbreak Festival, Manchester 7th July – 2000Trees 26th August – Reading Festival 27th August – Leeds Festival
Tickets on sale HERE
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.