Creating buzz in the music scene since their inception, Manchester’s Witch Fever are not long away from their debut EP Reincarnate which will be released digitally on 29th October and physical 12” on 3rd December, via Sony’s Music For Nations. Pre-order HERE.
Following title track ‘Reincarnate’ (here), and the lyrical mash up ‘In The Resurrect’ (here), today they share new single ‘In Birth’. It’s lyrics are semi-autobiographical from singer Amy and deal with the consequences of being born into a Charismatic Christian church where patriarchal structures and predatory behaviour were rife.
“‘In Birth’ has been kicking around for a little while now, so it’s nice to finally exorcise it into the world.”, says Amy. “Whilst the theme of a lot of our songs is reclamation, empowerment and catharsis, it’s definitely far more vulnerable. It felt right to juxtapose this with big chuggy riffs and noisy, cymbal heavy drums. The power that Alisha, Alex and Annabelle create on this track accompanies the anger in my lyrics perfectly.”
She continues, “We created and directed the video with Sam O’Leary and it’s a tongue in cheek way of presenting the narrative. We wanted something camp and fun, but still powerful and angry. Plus, everything’s better with a bucket of fake blood!”
The new single is taken from debut EP Reincarnate, which will be released digitally on 29th October, and a 12” physical vinyl that will be available exclusively 3rd December via indie record shops and online (pre-order HERE). In a time when Independent venues and record stores suffered most, it is important to the band to support what keeps alternative music alive in the UK.
“There’s a big emphasis on female empowerment and female anger,” says bassist Alex of the message raging behind the band’s music. “It’s about celebrating yourself and self-expression. Not being stifled and held back.”
On the EP, singer Amy says, “This is the first time we’ll be releasing something longer than a single so it’s very exciting for us! The EP doesn’t really have a singular meaning behind it, it’s a mix of what our favourite songs to date were! Some of them we wrote and finished during the lockdown and some are a few years old. The overall lyrical content is a cross between biblical and horror imagery as a way to explore empowerment, catharsis and anger. It’s about owning my sexuality, my body and channelling my anger through music. With every piece of music we write we want to break the boundaries of a typical ‘Witch Fever’ song and push ourselves as musicians to keep evolving and getting out of our comfort zones! The more brutal the better!”