If someone was asked what they thought that a group that included members of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, White Zombie, Quicksand, Bold and Rival Schools would sound like then genres like hardcore, hardcore and maybe even metal would definitely be among the guesses.
Think again though because Dead Heavens, the new band headed by Walter Schreifels are something completely different to what the collective alumni had previously done musically, in fact it is more inspired by Cream and Creedence Clearwater Revival rather than the Cro Mags and it definitely makes for a refreshing listen, especially when you wouldn’t expect it.
Whatever Witch You Are kicks off with a hazy intro entitled Rainbow Of The Ohm Chart and then get straight to business with the laid back and charming psychedelic blues of Basic Cable, a perfect introduction to the Dead Heavens sound. The album wavers marvelously between that kind of haziness and a more urgent sound as demonstrated by the next track Away From The Speed without losing any of its psychedelic charm and this typifies the album greatly.
Whatever Witch You Are is packed with highlights such as the upbeat Bad Luck Child, the calm and collected blues of The Moon Will Listen (But Not The Sun) and the sprawling psych of Gold Tooth, all of which showcase the bands groove and vibe and as the album commences with the laid back swagger of Experience (a definite nod to Jimi Hendrix), the album and the bands free flowing spirit flies high.
Schreifels vocals are definitely recognisable but it is great to hear his voice used in such a different fashion and he puts in an animated performance while the rest of the band equally show off their musical chops and the band really gel together as a unit.
Following a series of intriguing singles that introduced the band, Whatever Witch You Are is a fine debut album that showcases the power and depth of their songs and one that will soundtrack the summer months and beyond for a long time and here’s hoping we hear a lot more from Dead Heavens.
Walter Schreifels new band triumph with a brilliant collection of psychedelic rock songs that are perfect for the summer months.