Leeds-based creative collective Witch Of The East are pleased to reveal new single “Martini Glasses” which is out now on all good digital service providers.
The track is the latest to be taken from their second album “Savage Beauty,” set for release on October 29, 2021 via I’m Not From London Records.
The band are also pleased to announce they have been added to the lineup for Hard Rock Hell’s Goth Weekend alongside My Dying Bride, Fields of The Nephilim and more, and will also be appearing at Dot To Dot Festival in Nottingham, with a slew of headline dates also on the horizon (see below for listings).
The pioneering collective were recently awarded a grant from Leeds Inspired & Leeds City Council to host Rainbow-Topia, a performance art exhibition in partnership with Come Play With Me Records based in Leeds city centre. The project will be launched at the Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds on October 13, 2021.
A queer arts and live music extravanganza focused on tackling isolation within the LGBTQ community of Leeds after lockdown (which exacerbated the mental health crisis already occurring throughout the country) the first part of the night will feature audio/visual media created by members of the LGBTQ+ community over lockdown, curated by vocalist Aeris Houlihan.
The second part of the night will be live entertainment by Witch of the East, Galaxians, S_EX CLU_B, and Vita Bohem, with DJs and performance artists TBA.
On their concept for the exhibition, Houlihan said: “The idea came about due to our concern around the mental health of marginalised communities. For one of our upcoming music videos we placed a call-out on social media asking for people to submit videos of themselves expressing how they were feeling during lockdown. The idea was to help people escape reality for a brief moment, celebrate themselves, and get back to some type of normality and joy.”
“We used the videos that were sent in and overlaid them with a performance expressing the overall tone of the videos, filmed at Leeds School of Performance Art. The exhibition will host a range of brand new submissions from the public in the form of videos, paintings, photography, and live performances from drag acts and artists.”
Watcxh the official video for “Claremont View” recorded at Leeds School of Performance Art through the YouTube player below:
The band will reveal further details and new music over the coming months.
Witch Of The East live:
31st Jul 2021 – Leeds – Wharf Chambers (w/ Sidewalk and Skeletons)26th Aug 2021 – London – Sonic Summer Saucisson Fest11th Sep 2021 – Leeds – O2 Academy (Hard Rock Hell matinee show)
11th Sep 2021 – Nottingham – The Brickworks (Dirty Filthy Sexy’s ‘Pride’ after party)
12th Sep 2021 – London – O2 Forum Kentish Town (Hard Rock Hell matinee show)
26th Sep 2021 – Nottingham – Dot to Dot Festival
13th Oct 2021 – Leeds – Belgrave (Rainbow-Topia)
24th Oct 2021 – Nottingham – Hockley Hustle
06th Nov 2021 – Nottingham – Angel (w/ Avalanche Party/A Void)
29th Jan 2022 – Leeds – Belgrave (Riffest)
Completed by bandmates Zera Tønin and Manny, the collective make music that is both visceral and sublime; their cinematic, genre-twisting potency flitting from anthemic alt rock to dark folk, through post-grunge and shoegaze, and even taking in elements of glam and acoustic balladry.
Governed by chief songwriter and self-described trans activist Houlihan, the band are pushing the boundaries of early ‘90s guitar music, giving it a much-needed 2021 gut punch. An elevated, dystopian, apocalyptic angst runs through their bones—much of the material is focused on Houlihan’s time serving in the army and ensuing struggles with PTSD, and her often traumatic experiences as a trans woman, delivering a harsh dose of reality which cuts acutely through the dreamlike aura they create around their music.
Mixed at Greenmount Studios (Easy Life, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Cribs, Ellie Goulding) and mastered by Katie Tavini (Nadine Shah, Philharmonic Orchestra), forthcoming second album Savage Beauty updates industrial, experimental melodic pop for the 21st century and takes it to new heights.
Houlihan’s vocal delivery smoulders with a gritty malaise reminiscent of a late ‘80s Grace Jones; fiercely stoic and brave. Combined with performance artist Zera Tønin and the angular style of drummer Manny, the sonic heroism that Witch Of The East conjure on the album is no accident.