Over the past couple of years, I’ve written a bit about the Los Angeles, CA-based indie rock/garage rock trio L.A. Witch, comprised of Sade Sanchez (lead vocals, guitar), Irita Pai (bass, backing vocals) and Ellie English (drums). And as you may recall, the trio have developed a reputation for crafting a grungy, garage rock sound that draws from late 50s-early 60s rock, The Pleasure Seekers, The Sonics, The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and others — all while bearing a resemblance to JOVM mainstay artists The Coathangers, Sharkmuffin and Death Valley Girls.
The band’s self-titled, full-length debut was released last year through Suicide Squeeze Records, the label home of The Coathangers and others, and the album’s first single “Drive Your Car,” (which was also released as a 7 inch single back in 2016), is a grungy and gritty track featuring a propulsive rhythm section, chugging power chords fed through reverb and delay pedal paired with Sanchez’s sneering vocals — and while clearly resembling The Coathangers, the song manages to possess a malicious and murderous intent, along with some roaring hooks.
Directed and edited by Allie Lane, the incredibly cinematic video features a collection of badass ladies, including the members of L.A. Witch driving sweet cars through the desert, cut with footage of the band playing the song. Certainly, if you’re a photographer, you envy how rich the blues, browns and blacks came out under seemingly endless skies.
The band will be embarking on a Spring tour that will include an April 28, 2018 stop at Levitation Festival in Austin, a May 4, 2018 at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta and a September 1, 2018 stop at Muddy Roots Festival in Cookeville, TN. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.
3.03.18 – San Pedro, CA @ Brouwerij West Anniversary Party with X and Mike Watt + The Missingmen
04.23.18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
04.24.18 – Bisbee, AZ @ The Quarry
04.28.18 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
04.30.18 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
05.01.18 – Memphis, TN @The Hi Tone
05.02.18 – Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse
05.03.18 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJs Bohemia
05.04.18 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05.07.18 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
05.09.18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
05.10.18 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
05.29.18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever w/ Japandroids
05.30.18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever w/ Japandroids
09.01.18 – Cookeville, TN @ Muddy Roots Festival