Photo Source: Witch Gardens
Witch Gardens will be hitting the stage at the Rendezvous this weekend along with Hive Dwellers, Craig Extine, and the Exiles.
The quartet's last EP R-I-P came out in April of this year, a three song bundle of jagged charm and cheer. Their music is refreshingly melodic and graceful without nosediving into twee pop's precarious land of the saccarhine.
Lead track "Aunt Shae/Mean Colleen" is a natural spotlight grabber for the release, with its multi-faceted songwriting and suprisingly driving grooves. The start of the song begins as a softly materializing dream, harkening comparison to Sung Tongs-era Animal Collective or Women. The drums gallop; the guitarwork hastens; the vocals chime sweetly and matter-of-factly.
The closing song "Bakers Dozen" is more deliberate in its pacing. It possesses the twang of older Modest Mouse material while retaining their '60s sunshine pop clarity. An enjoyable, lo-fi reverie through and through.
Doo-wop harmonies meet fuzzy rock with moments of freak folk affinity. In otherwords, ignore the catch-all words and just give them a prompt listen. Expect a genuine smile to pop up in no time.
Visit the Rendezvous this Sunday, October 7th to see the show for $7 with doors at 7pm. This is the venue's first all-ages show, ever! Listen to "Aunt Shae/Mean Colleen" below and carry onto their bandcamp to hear the rest. You can purchase a copy of the 7'' record over at Waterwing Records for $7. So many sevens; I wonder if they would conclude that, in the fabled words of the Pixies, "God is seven."
- Cameron LaFlam