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Stream Esben And The Witch A New Nature (Stereogum Premiere)

Brighton trio Esben And The Witch long ago mastered the art of building up their songs from a brooding crawl to a brutal onslaught of sonic violence — or starting with the violence and scaling back to its eerie aftermath. In doing so, they’ve always lived up to their name. Whatever its true lineage –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 2, 2014 - 10:11 am

Esben And The Witch – “Dig Your Fingers In” Video

The British postpunk trio Esben And The Witch released a split with Thought Forms earlier this year, and they’ll follow it up next month with the new album A New Nature. This is the band’s first album since they parted ways with Matador, and they recorded it live to tape in Chicago with Steve Albini,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 26, 2014 - 9:23 am

Esben And The Witch – “Butoh”

We’ve already heard one Esben And The Witch song from their upcoming split with Thought Forms, the fantastically dark cyclical rager “No Dog.” Our second preview, “Butoh,” follows a similar pattern, but there are more flashes of glimmery Sonic Youth atmospherics between the percussive noise-rock onslaughts, and at nine minutes it’s even longer than the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 1, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Esben And The Witch – “No Dog” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

One of the most dumbfoundingly awesome live shows I ever saw at SXSW was by British rock trio Esben And The Witch, whose monstrous swirl of noise threatened to chew up and swallow everyone within earshot. Esben’s new black and white performance video for “No Dog,” from their upcoming split 12-inch with Thought Forms, capture… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 5, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Esben And The Witch – “No Dog” & Thought Forms – “Sound Of Violence” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from the doomy UK rock band Esben And The Witch. But they’ll be coming back later this year with a split LP (that’s the awesome cover art above) with Thought Forms, who make an equally dark match. Esben’s “No Dog” comes in with a war-drum attack before… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 6, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Esben And The Witch – “Despair” Video

In a couple of weeks, the dark and atmospheric Brighton band Esben And The Witch will release their new album, the delightfully titled Wash The Sins Not Only The Face. We’ve posted the early track “Deathwaltz,” and now they’ve got a video for “Despair,” another of the album’s songs. Director Matt Bowron’s clip chronicles a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2013 - 10:56 am

Esben And The Witch – “Deathwaltz”

Brighton indie rockers Esben And The Witch will put out a new record next year, and earlier this week they let go of the soaring first single “Deathwaltz.” Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 1, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Esben And The Witch – “Hexagons II (The Flight)”

Dark Bands To Watch alums Esben And The Witch return off the success of deep, moody debut Violent Cries to release the EP Hexagons later this fall. Here’s “Hexagons II (The Flight),” the second song from that release and a track that channels a dark, pretty brood. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2011 - 4:40 pm

The 11 Most Interesting Record Store Day Releases

Record Store Day is coming April 16. It began in 2007 and has grown into a indie record store and vinyl lover’s version of Christmas morning (or maybe Easter morning? RSD happens the third Sunday of every April). The Record Store Day site just posted the line-up of offerings for this year, and it’s a… More »

By: jessica / March 30, 2011 - 5:25 pm

18 Dark Bands To Watch In 2011

It’s not news that popular indie rock got a bit darker in 2010. Look no further than regular topics of conversation around here — Zola Jesus, CREEP, Cold Cave, Salem, Tamaryn, Blessure Grave, Locrian, Gatekeeper, Frank (Just Frank), Crystal Castles, Holy Other, Balam Acab, Minks, oOoOO, Silent Diane, ///▲▲▲\\\, anyone else who got labeled “witch… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Portraits Of SXSW 2011

The concluding post on this year’s SXSW comes with this, a break from the norm for us and likely for you as well. In addition to identifying the bands we were most excited about at this year’s SXSW, and filing our reports from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we decided to round out our coverage… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 22, 2011 - 5:42 pm

SXSW Friday: Featuring James Blake, Odd Future, Esben & The Witch, Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie

Click on for some thoughts and sights from a very busy Friday in Austin. Tonight’s the last night here, so if you need some guidance please refer to our list of must-see bands, or our favorite moments from Wednesday and Thursday. And if you’re looking for a way to close out your SXSW, come to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 19, 2011 - 6:04 pm

SXSW Wednesday: Featuring The Antlers, OFF!, Darwin Deez, Duran Duran

We’ve offered our suggestions as to what bands to see this week, now we shift into the bands we are actually seeing. SXSW has begun in earnest, and is earnestly crowded. We’ll try to cut through the static a bit this week by recapping notable sets and posting up photos from our fleet of photographers. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 17, 2011 - 5:26 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

Remixtape: Vol. I

Most remixes are shit. This new feature exists in defense of The Remix. So, welcome to Remixtape: a monthly compilation of the best recent remix MP3s floating around the internet because despite the glut of garish promo bloghouse crap, there are actually still people doing this thing artfully. Because there’s an actual art to thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 11, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Stream Esben And The Witch Violet Cries (Stereogum Premiere)

Dark, atmospheric Brighton post-punk/goth trio Esben And The Witch take their name from a Danish fairytale, one of those stories starring a witch and her oven. The cover art on their full-length remains reminiscent of Current 93’s Where The Long Shadows Fall (or a purplish take on a nature-worshipping black metal record), but the blustery,… More »

By: brandon / January 24, 2011 - 11:32 am

The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Times New Viking, The Chap, Matt & Kim, and As I Lay Dying. A lot of this week’s videos are pretty violent. And usually it’s the band’s members getting beaten up. In the Esben and the Witch video the violence is only implied, in As I Lay Dying… More »

By: jessica / January 21, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Esben And The Witch – “Warpath”

Taking their name from a Danish witch-and-oven-themed fairytale, it’s fitting the cover image for moody, expansive Q Awards-nominated Brighton gothic post-punk trio Esben And The Witch’s full-length debut Violet Cries reminds me of both of Current 93’s Where the Long Shadows Fall and purplish take on your standard nature-worshipping black metal record. Musically, there’… More »

By: brandon / October 26, 2010 - 2:36 pm