Manchester’s Witch Fever have shared their latest single, I Saw You Dancing, another glimpse into the four-piece’s debut album, Congregation, which is set for release this October.
Written about lead singer Amy Walpole’s experiences of the charismatic church that she grew up in, and feeling watched by men as a teenage girl, I Saw You Dancing, arrives with bass tones reminiscent of IDLES, mixed with claustrophobic, uncomfortable vocals that help to build an oppressive aura across the tracks duration.
Of the track, Amy Walpole states:
This is a song on the album that we’re really excited about as it’s the first time we’ve written and allowed a song to have space and time to breathe! We’ve been so used to writing quick thrashy tunes it was fun to experiment and write slower ones for the album. We really love the drone of the guitar, the rattle of the bass and the reverb on the snare drum, as well as the vocals being a little more relaxed and expressive.
Accompanying the single’s release, the band have also shared it’s accompanying visual. Directed by Sam O’Leary, the video takes form as a horror style mini-movie which uses a handheld camera to convey the feeling of voyeurism that is portrayed throughout the track’s lyrics.
Next weekend sees Witch Fever make appearances at Reading and Leeds festival, before they head out on a 15 date, UK-wide tour supporting Cancer Bats this September.
Witch Fever UK Tour Dates
- 26th August – Reading Festival
- 27th August – Leeds Festival
- 1st September – The Fleece, Bristol w/ Cancer Bats
- 3rd September – Joiners, Southampton w/ Cancer Bats
- 4th September – Forum, Tunbridge Wells w/ Cancer Bats
- 6th September – The Dome, London w/ Cancer Bats
- 7th September – New Cross Inn, London w/ Cancer Bats
- 8th September – o2 Academy2 , Oxford w/ Cancer Bats
- 9th September – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham w/ Cancer Bats
- 10th September – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes w/ Cancer Bats
- 11th September – Mama Roux, Birmingham w/ Cancer Bats
- 12th September – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool w/ Cancer Bats
- 13th September – Rebellion, Manchester w/ Cancer Bats
- 14th September – Sin City, Swansea w/ Cancer Bats
- 15th September – Tower Ballroom, Hull w/ Cancer Bats
- 16th September – The Key Club, Leeds w/ Cancer Bats
- 17th September – Garage, Glasgow w/ Cancer Bats
- 21st September – Reeperbahn Festival
Witch Fever Debut album Congregation arrives in October
The band have recently announced their long awaited debut album, Congregation, which is set for release on October 21st via Sony’s Music For Nations. Alongside the album’s announcement, the 4-piece have also shared the album’s title track.
Produced by Pigs x7’s Sam Grant, the album captures Witch Fever at their heaviest, and most challenging yet. The album’s title track, it’s lead single, is the first glimpse of what is to come. Featuring a Warpaint-inspired bass riff, the single sees Witch Fever make their departure into post-punk, showing the evolution of lead singer Amy Walpole’s vocals.
Of the single, Amy states:
This is Alisha’s personal fave! It marks a new step in our development as songwriters as it’s something different from what we’ve done before. We allowed ourselves to experiment with space and dynamics and we love it!
It’s accompanying music video displays one of the first times that the band have ever worked with a ‘big team’ – with its result a polished, high-fashion look curated by Matt King.
Refusing to fit into a box both in terms of gender and genre, Witch Fever have always defied all expectations – and Congregation is set to open listeners ears to punk without boundaries as the band usher in a new dawn of post-punk which is both accessible and most of all, a huge release.