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Esben and the Witch (Expansive Primal Goth-Punk)

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Latest news: Tue, Sep 25 2018, ESBEN AND THE WITCH

Upcoming release: "Nowhere"

Release date: Fri, Nov 16 2018, US Fri, Nov 16 2018

ESBEN AND THE WITCH have released the second track from their new album 'Nowhere', which will be released on November 16th via Season of Mist. Listen to "Dull Gret" at the link below.

The new song is now streaming via these official media partners:

Overdrive (AU)
Rock Hard (DE) [LI
Power of Metal (DK)
Noise Magazine (FR)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Rocking (GR)
The New Noise (IT)
Never Mind The Hype (NL)
Kvlt (PL)
Loud (PT)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Echoes and Dust (UK)

The band comments: “We've been playing this song on the road for the last two years now. A tribute to the women out there who dare to go against the grain, despite the battles they encounter on the way. In 1563, Peter Brueghel painted a vision of an unruly woman, leading a female army to pillage hell. She is Dull Gret. This is our vision, our call to arms. Do not underestimate nor constrain us, united we are more powerful than you could imagine. "One woman makes a din, two women a lot of trouble, three an annual market, four a quarrel, five an army, and against six the Devil himself has no weapon." Flemish Proverb, 1568.

On previous news, ESBEN AND THE WITCH have revealed a string of European tour dates in November and December 2018 and at the start of 2019. See the full list of confirmed shows below.

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ESBEN AND THE WITCH 2018
23 Nov 18 Liege (BE) La Zone
24 Nov 18 London (UK) Tufnell Park Dome
25 Nov 18 Leeds (UK) Wharf Chambers
26 Nov 18 Manchester (UK) Soup Kitchen
27 Nov 18 Brighton (UK) Patterns
29 Nov 18 Paris (FR) Point Ephemere
30 Nov 18 Nantes (FR) Scene Michelet
01 Dec 18 Lille (FR) Malterie
02 Dec 18 Bern (CH) Dachstock
03 Dec 18 Milan (IT) Ligera
04 Dec 18 Bologna (IT) Freakout Club
06 Dec 18 Zurich (CH) Bogen F
07 Dec 18 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof Kesselhaus
08 Dec 18 Berlin (DE) Frannz Club

ESBEN AND THE WITCH 2019
31 Jan 19 Hamburg (DE) Molotow
01 Feb 19 Cologne (DE) Artheater
02 Feb 19 Brussel (BE) Magasin 4
03 Feb 19 Utrecht (NL) Tivoli Club Nine
04 Feb 19 Nijmegen (NL) Merlyn
06 Feb 19 Hannover (DE) Lux
07 Feb 19 Leipzig (DE) UT Connewitz
08 Feb 19 Poznan (DE) Pod Minoga
10 Feb 19 Vienna (AT) Viper Room
11 Feb 19 Munich (DE) Ampere
12 Feb 19 Alte Mälzerei (DE) Regensburg
09 Mar 19 Warsaw (PL) Poglos

Join ESBEN AND THE WITCH on their official Facebook page.

'Nowhere' can be pre-ordered at the official Season of Mist shop.

Biography

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Three-piece ESBEN AND THE WITCH have methodically strode their own path; a route which has enabled them to be inventively collaborative, stealthily prolific and fiercely independent. If anything, the band’s fifth record 'Nowhere', testifies to that and simultaneously celebrates the tenth anniversary of ESBEN AND THE WITCH.

It’s been ten years since guitarist Thomas Fisher and drummer Caniel Copeman crossed paths and teamed up to write music. After a number of failed auditions for a vocalist, Fisher had a fated meeting with long time friend Rachel Davies. Davies turned out to be the missing piece to complete the newly founded "Esben and the Witch", named after the foreboding Danish fairytale

The self-released '33 EP' (2009) and a 7" single entitled 'Lucia, at the Precipice' (2010) created a buzz that resulted in a first record deal for the band. With the single 'Marching Song' (2010), ESBEN AND THE WITCH heralded their debut full-length 'Violet Cries', a Gothic post-rock nightmare that hit the stores in January 2011. The album was immediately picked up by critics and fans alike, managing to climb to #13 in the UK Indie Chart.

2012 saw the trio commence work on their sophomore album 'Wash the Sins Not Only the Face' which was released in early 2013 and again scored critical praise. ESBEN AND THE WITCH decided to take matters into their own hands and published third full-length 'A New Nature' (2014) on their own imprint, 'Nostromo Records'.

In 2016, the band signed to Season of Mist, releasing fourth opus 'Older Terrors' later that year. The record marked a point in the career of ESBEN AND THE WITCH on which the trio’s songwriting crystallized into a mix of beauty, emotion, and musical depth. The musicians established their reputation as a masterful live act once more, ultimately recording and releasing their impressive set at Roadburn Festival 2017 as a live album.

Whilst maturing, experimenting and finetuning their sound, the three-piece is now back with their latest full-length, 'Nowhere'. With haunting, tranquil passages, a primal fierceness expressed in punk-influenced, distorted riffs and the alluring voice of vocalist Rachel, the extremities of beauty, noise and power have been tested over the past decade. We invite you to hear its manifestation on 'Nowhere'.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Rachel Davies Vocals, bass
Thomas Fisher Guitar
Daniel Copeman Drums & electronics

Releases Season of Mist

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Nowhere

General information
: Fri, Nov 16 2018
: Fri, Nov 16 2018
: Expansive Primal Goth-Punk
: SOM501

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Older Terrors

General information
: Fri, Nov 04 2016
: Fri, Nov 04 2016
: Dark Atmospheric Rock
: SOM402
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Nov 23 2018 BE Liege La Zone
Sat, Nov 24 2018 UK London Tufnell Park Dome
Sun, Nov 25 2018 UK Leeds Wharf Chambers
Mon, Nov 26 2018 UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tue, Nov 27 2018 UK Brighton Patterns
Thu, Nov 29 2018 FR Paris Point Ephemere
Fri, Nov 30 2018 FR Nantes Scene Michelet
Sat, Dec 01 2018 FR Lille Malterie
Sun, Dec 02 2018 CH Bern Dachstock
Mon, Dec 03 2018 IT Milan Ligera
Tue, Dec 04 2018 IT Bologna Freakout Club
Thu, Dec 06 2018 CH Zurich Bogen F
Fri, Dec 07 2018 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof Kesselhaus
Sat, Dec 08 2018 DE Berlin Frannz Club
Thu, Jan 31 2019 DE Hamburg Molotow
Fri, Feb 01 2019 DE Cologne Artheater
Sat, Feb 02 2019 BE Brussel Magasin 4
Sun, Feb 03 2019 NL Utrecht Tivoli Club Nine
Mon, Feb 04 2019 NL Nijmegen Merlyn
Wed, Feb 06 2019 DE Hannover Lux
Thu, Feb 07 2019 DE Leipzig UT Connewitz
Fri, Feb 08 2019 DE Poznan Pod Minoga
Sun, Feb 10 2019 AT Vienna Viper Room
Mon, Feb 11 2019 DE Munich Ampere
Tue, Feb 12 2019 DE Alte Mälzerei Regensburg
Sat, Mar 09 2019 PL Warsaw Poglos
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