LIVE REVIEW: L.A. Witch @ The Cluny, Newcastle (19.05.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s Thursday evening in Newcastle, and upon arrival at one of the city’s favourite musical hotspots, I was greeted by Morris Dancers frivolously entertaining the bystanders outside of The Cluny. Perhaps just a typical evening in Ouseburn, and of course, an event vastly different from L.A. Witch performing inside. Having dragged myself into the venue, the band took to the stage. Immediately, I was presented with red light, smoke and the wonderful garage rock tones of the Californian-based quartet. The latter, in turn, perfectly set the tone and moody ambience for the night ahead.

The group let their music do the talking. Kicking off the set list with Kill My Baby Tonight and the thunderous Gen-Z. Throughout their set, the four-piece seamlessly transitions between dark and brooding garage rock, dreamy psychedelic numbers, interspersed with lo-fi punk sounds. Reverb fuelled guitar sounds and haunting vocals fill the air. Whilst lead singer Sade Sanchez’s astounding range during Baby In Blue Jeans was one of the many highlights of the show.

After approximately an hour, L.A. Witch conclude their set with Get Lost. A track featuring somewhat of a hypnotic groove and the perfect climax to the band’s no messing set list.

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