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Listen: The Wytches - "The Holy Tightrope"

12 June 2014, 11:45 | Written by Jamie Cunningham

A deranged carnival-esque cut of surf-doom, The Wytches are back with “The Holy Tightrope”.

​The b-side to Peterborough natives The Wytches’ single, “Wire Frame Mattress”, sees the band take a more relaxed, but no less bizarre approach to music. Gone is the aggressive thrash of early single “Digsaw”, instead replaced by a raw bone-rattling bassline and a slow unhurried guitar riff that recalls a zombified version of The Mermen. Singer Kristian Bell is more relaxed but no less eerie as he hums over the track’s instrumental.

Overall, “The Holy Tightrope” is a shining cut of surf-horror from Brighton that forecasts the band’s debut, Annabel Dream Reader (out 25 August - pre-order here). It could be the most eagerly anticipated album this year.

“Wire Frame Mattress” / “The Holy Tightrope” will be released on July 7 via Heavenly Records. The band will play the following dates throughout the UK:

23 – The Institute, Birmingham (with Parquet Courts)
25 – ULU, London (with Parquet Courts)
26 – O2 Academy 2, Oxford (with Parquet Courts)
28 – Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

2 - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
10 - Beacons Festival, Yorkshire
16 – Oslo, London (with The Growlers)
17 – The Fleece, Bristol (with The Growlers)
18 – Kazimier, Liverpool (with The Growlers)
19 – Concorde 2, Brighton (with The Growlers)
29 - End of the Road Festival, Dorset
31 - Bingley Music Live, Yorkshire

7 – Bestival, Isle of Wight
14 – On Blackheath Festival, London​


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