Witch Paralyzed on LP + Download
The group Witch was born from a marriage of apparently contradictory influences. J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. renown and his long time friend Dave Sweetapple were interested in forming a hard rock band. They found willing and able conspirators in Kyle Thomas and Asa Irons, members of the New England avant-folk outfit Feathers.
Witch is no “indie metal super-group” or side project. To prescribe such journalistic stigmas would be to underestimate the commitment of its members. After their self-titled debut in 2006, Witch returned to the studio to work on their sophomore album, Paralyzed. The 2008 Tee Pee Records release remains true to the classic heavy rock sound of the first, but has evolved as the band has learned to play to each other’s strengths.
Paralyzed's songs highlight the rhythm section of Sweetapple (bass) and Mascis (drums) who return to their punk roots and attack with a more aggressive tempo. This foundation allows Thomas (guitar/vocals) to construct wailing vertical melodies of guitar and sinister vocals. With Paralyzed, Witch turned out a record that burns with hostility, like the track, "Mutated," but also smolders with intensity, like the cut "Sweet Sue."
Witch Paralyzed Track Listing:
3. 1000 MPH
6. Sweet Sue
7. Psychotic Rock
9. Old Trap Line