All-female alt-rock trio L.A. Witch is currently on tour supporting The Kills. On its Facebook page the band describes its genre fittingly as reverb-soaked punked out rock. Gutteral, churning, expressive. The band plays tonight at The Paradise Rock Club, Boston. The show is SOLD-OUT.
L.A Witch is: Sade Sanchez [guitar/vocals]; Irita Pai [bass], and Ellie English [drums]
Recently I asked the band a few questions via email.
Amy Steele: How did you get together?
Irita Pai: I had been jamming with some girlfriends and a mutual friend introduced us to Sade.
Ellie English: I knew Sade from high school. We used to play in a band together, so it was really cool when she asked me to play drums for L.A. Witch. I met Irita a few months before I joined the band. I actually went to see L.A. Witch play 2 times before joining the band.
Amy Steele: What do you like about being an all-female band? What are the challenges of being an all-female band?
Irita Pai: We get to share stuff when we go out on the road, like shoes and clothes and toiletries. Sometimes there are sound guys who will be a little standoffish, or maybe address us like we don’t know what we’re doing. Not sure if that’s a female thing though.
Amy Steele: Why did you decide to name the band L.A. Witch?
Irita Pai: Witch was taken!
Amy Steele: Who are some of your musical influences?
Irita Pai: Gun Club, BJM, Stooges, Wipers.
Amy Steele: When will you release a full-length album?
Irita Pai: When we get back from this tour, we’re going to work on putting that out. We’ve waited because we want the album to be really representative of us as a band, and I think that we’re constantly changing and evolving so it’s been difficult for us so far.
Ellie English: We are definitely hoping to release the album sometime this year.
Amy Steele: How is your live show different from the recorded music? What happens up on stage?
Irita Pai: Our live shows are definitely different. The first EP we recorded was with our old drummer, and I think that’s what a lot of people expect when they come out to see us. The sound has definitely evolved a lot since then.
Ellie English: The live shows have a lot of energy.
Amy Steele: What makes a good song?
Irita Pai: For me, something that’s catchy and interesting and tells a story.
Ellie English: I really like songs that you can tell have a lot of feeling behind them.
Check out the video for “Get Lost” on YouTube.
05.20 – L’Esco – Montreal *
05.21 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto *
05.22 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI *
05.23 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL *
05.25 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN *
05.26 – Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO *
05.27 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO *
05.28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah *
05.31 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC *
06.01 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA *
06.02 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR *
* dates with The Kills