L.A. Witch are a three-piece out of Los Angeles that unleash a sort of punk-influenced grit-rock with psych tones and cavernous echoes that are overflowing with badassness.
The three-piece has been touring steadily for a few years now, and a currently on the road opening for Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, better known as The Kills.
We thought it was a good time to track them down and have a quick Q&A session.
You are currently out on tour with The Kills, how has that been going?
Sade Sanchez: Our tour begins 4/18 through 06/04. The kills were such an huge influence growing up so its such a dream to get to tour with them. I was blown away by keep on your mean side. It was so minimal, but it was so raw and fucking hard. I had it constantly on replay. I remember making a mix for an x boyfriend with a bunch of their songs. I had never actually gotten to see them but watched a ton of videos. The show at The Mayan was my first time seeing them. I kept thinking how lucky i am to get to see this epic performance over and over for the next few weeks. They’re amazing.
You pressed your Drive Your Car single on vinyl, black and alternatively on smoke-colored. How important has vinyl been in your life, and your exploration of music?
Sade Sanchez: Ill be honest. I didn’t grow up around vinyl. My parents didn’t come with much when the first came to California and vinyl kinda died out so my parents were buying cassette tapes. You’d pop one of those in and listen till its stopped and started playing the b side. Then came cds and they also had a shit ton of those. But with those, you can skip tracks and just replay the shit out of ur favorite ones. Now you got spotify and i tunes and you can listen to whatever you want, whenever. I didnt start my record collection until i was about 18. Everything i have for the most part is original pressing because i didnt want it to be so easy for whatever reason. I own a lot of my favorite albums which became my favorite albums because of the vinyl format. I listened all the way through over and over. Thats what so special about it. You let it flow as the artist intended.
Your music really pulls from a variety of styles, from psych to 60s garage to punk, which artists have inspired you the most in your creation of music?
Sade Sanchez: Theres so many to list. Roy Orbison, Lee Hazlewood, The Cramps, BJM, The Gun Club, JAMC, Black Sabbath, Johnny Thunders, MBV, Nirvana, Cocteau Twins, The VU, The Wipers, The Smiths and so on…
What was the first album you ever bought?
Sade Sanchez: I dont remember. But i remember the first song i learned to play which was Purple Haze. haha.
I am always interested in what artists do during their down time on the road, what do you do when you get a break while trekking/waiting between shows?
Irita Pai: We just watched Predator and Predator 2. Moving on to the Aliens movies next!
Sade Sanchez: I love to DJ. I try to make playlists before we go on the road. Usually stuff i just discovered and wanna explore. We get cracked out on Yerba Mate and talk about ideas for the band. We try to sight see as much as possible. Before shows, we warm up and i like to hide somewhere if i get too nervous. Just so i can calm myself down. I gotta tell myself all this shit so i can get the balls to go on stage. haha.
You are currently a three piece, does that formula feel like it will be the permanent setup of the band or do you feel like it could grow as you expand musically?
Sade Sanchez: I always think about bringing someone else in. I wanna be able to experiment with another guitar or synth or something. I think it might give me some freedom to do more too. But I like the idea of a 3 piece. Idk. If the right person comes through, without a doubt, well bring them in.
As an all-female band, do you feel the industry treats you differently in how it perceives or handles your music simply because of your gender?
Last question for you. You are stranded on a desert island and can chose one album, one favorite food item, and one personal item to bring with you, what are they and why?
Sade Sanchez: shit. I cant choose one album. But food wise… id bring a block of cheese so i can eat it with the fruit on the island. and a guitar so i can play for the rest of my island life.
Well after that nice little over-email questionnaire, we are hoping we can follow it up with an in-person when they are closer to our home base in Vancouver, BC.
These musician have been making solid tunes for some time, and if you haven’t heard them you need to check them out. Start your investigation with Get Lost, which definitely highlights their inspirations from Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Below is a full listing of their current dates:
* dates with The Kills
|Apr 27||Urban Lounge||Salt Lake City (w/ Dressy Bessy)||Ticket Info|
|Apr 28||Downtown Artery||Ft. Collins, CO (w/ Serpentfoot)||Ticket Info|
|Apr 29||Larimer Lounge||Denver, CO (w/ Dragon Deer)||Ticket Info|
|May 01||Levitation After Party||Austin, TX||Ticket Info|
|May 02||Walters||Houston, TX (w/ Sugar Candy Mountain)||Ticket Info|
|May 03||RBC||Dallas, TX (w/ Dirty Fences)||Ticket Info|
|May 04||Middle Map Fest||Kansas City (w/ Cold War Kids)||Ticket Info|
|May 05||Vega||Lincoln, NE||Ticket Info|
|May 06||Frequency||Madison, WI (w/ Levitation Room)||Ticket Info|
|May 07||Pyramid Scheme||Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Heaters)||Ticket Info|
|May 08||Empty Bottle||Chicago, IL (w/ Sugar Candy Mountain)||Ticket Info|
|May 09||UFO||Detroit, MI (w/ Sugar Candy Mountain)||Ticket Info|
|May 01||Thompson House||Newport, KY (w/ Leggy)||Ticket Info|
|May 12||529||Atlanta, GA (w/ Death Valley Girls)||Ticket Info|
|May 13||Hardywood||Richmond, VA *||Ticket Info|
|May 14||930 Club||Washington, DC *||Ticket Info|
|May 15||930 Club||Washington, DC *||Ticket Info|
|May 17||Music Hall of Williamsburg||Brooklyn, NY *||Ticket Info|
|May 18||Shea Stadium||Brooklyn, NY (w/ High Wasted)||Ticket Info|
|May 19||Paradise Rock Club||Boston, MA *||Ticket Info|
|May 02||L’Esco||Montreal *||Ticket Info|
|May 21||Danforth Music Hall||Toronto *||Ticket Info|
|May 22||St. Andrews Hall||Detroit, MI *||Ticket Info|
|May 23||Riviera Theatre||Chicago, IL *||Ticket Info|
|May 25||First Avenue||Minneapolis, MN *||Ticket Info|
|May 26||Midland Theatre||Kansas City, MO *||Ticket Info|
|May 27||Ogden Theatre||Denver, CO *||Ticket Info|
|May 28||The Depot||Salt Lake City, Utah *||Ticket Info|
|May 31||Commodore Ballroom||Vancouver, BC *||Ticket Info|
|Jun 01||Showbox SoDo||Seattle, WA *||Ticket Info|
|Jun 02||Roseland Theater||Portland, OR *||Ticket Info|