ALBUM REVIEW: The Wytches – Our Guest Can’t Be Named | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Alcopop! Records

Released: 22.09.23








Twelve years on from their formation, Brighton-based rock band The Wytches have found a new home at Alcopop! Records following stints with the celebrated Fat Possum and Heavenly Recordings labels.

Their first release on Alcopop!, Our Guest Can’t Be Named was written and recorded during the dark, unsettling days of the Covid-19 pandemic, which perhaps explains the brooding intensity of this enthralling ten-track album. Opener Zep Step instantly brings to mind the malevolent edge of Bleach-era Nirvana, spiked with cool psych-surf lead guitar. Thankfully, the rest of the album maintains this dark but potent energy, evoking fellow grunge pioneers Tad and Mudhoney while displaying well-crafted songwriting. The Wytches sound like they’ll be a riot live, so watch out for their upcoming October tour.


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