All Them Witches Confirm Oct. 30 Release for Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

all them witches (photo by Robby Staebler)

I didn’t realize All Them Witches‘ third album and New West Records debut, the title of which has been revealed as Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, was recorded by Mikey Allred (Across Tundras). He’s worked with the band before, having recorded a couple tracks on earlier-2015’s A Sweet Release digital EP (review here), but if there’s anyone on the planet who’s demonstrated a clear ability to get a natural sound, it’s him.

The newly-public All Them Witches track, “Dirt Preachers,” was premiered at BrooklynVegan, and you can hear it below after the description off the PR wire from the band of the cabin in the mountains where they recorded the LP and the confirmation of an Oct. 30 release, which seems as good a time as any.

Dig in:

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All Them Witches, the Nashville psych-rock quartet whose recent Bonnaroo debut was heralded by Fuse, American Songwriter, Consequence of Sound and the Nashville Scene, release their label debut, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, on Oct. 30 via New West Records.

Brooklyn Vegan are streaming the new song “Dirt Preachers.” The song is one of the nine new tracks recorded during the band’s seclusion at a remote cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

“You couldn’t hardly walk in there, dodging cables, mics and guitars,” Parks says of the small space, “the cabin was a wreck. We immediately got up there, unloaded our 15 seater van and a trailer packed to the brim with gear, and started moving things around, set up amps, and a mixing board.” They recorded much of the album live, but used the studio as an instrument in itself, helmed by producer Mikey Allred and McLeod. The location, Parks says, also had an influence on the feel of the album. “Pigeon Forge is tourist central, with Dollywood and moonshine distilleries, pancake houses, and Christmas stores. But our cabin was up on the mountain. We were the only ones there. We didn’t have to worry about anyone calling us in for being loud. It was quiet. In the morning, the mist would be hanging over the city, then it would clear up and you’d see all these terrible tourist shops. It was nice to know we didn’t have to be a part of it. There’s a duality that happens throughout this record, that of the solitude of the mountain and the absolute Babylon that is Pigeon Forge.”

Heavy, heady and hypnotic, All Them Witches concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases and a jam-filled live show where no two shows are the same, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene. “The band seemingly channels the churn of the universe and connects with a big, bad, uncaring cosmos,” wrote the Boston Globe, adding, “There is a primal ebb and flow at the core… The band’s mystic atmosphere, dark but not brutal, is the result of a tireless work ethic, a grueling tour schedule, and a tape trader’s compulsion for documenting every show.”

Upcoming tour dates:

September 12 Nashville, TN Live on the Green
September 13 St. Louis, MO LouFest
September 24 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
September 25 Cincinnati, OH MidPoint Music Festival
October 3-4 Louisville, KY Louder than Life Festival
October 25 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre (w/Kadavar and The Shrine)

More tour dates to come.

All Them Witches, “Dirt Preachers”

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2 Responses to “All Them Witches Confirm Oct. 30 Release for Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

  1. Shawman Journey says:

    Definitely one of the most anticipated releases of the year for me though the new song was really not what i was expecting to hear. I’ll be interested to see how the rest of the album sounds!

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