Words & Header Image by Callie Winch

A gloomy sky over Walthamstow created the perfect pathetic fallacy for The Wytches‘ first live show in over a year. I was curious as to how my first socially distanced live show would be, but the experience at Signature Brew was remarkably impressive. The tables of 6 were well distanced between each other in the spacious outdoor area of the brewery and the music was loud enough for the night to not feel uncomfortable – major hats off to the venue for that.

Having seen The Wytches previously at The Horn back in 2015 I was interested to see how this show compared. There was obviously a lack of moshing, and I was no longer an angsty teenager, but the band still managed to capture sense of intimacy throughout their set, with lead singer Kristian not breaking his performance to speak much between songs. There was no support band for The Wytches, but a tight set followed by an encore proved to be admirable experience in light of the situation.

The band played a lot of their older material, something that was visibly much appreciated by the crowd, with key-player Mark leaving the stage for these songs. Playing the likes of ‘Weights and Ties’ as well as their 3 newer releases from the forthcoming album ‘Three Mile Ditch’, the band managed to captivate attention from the crowd in its entirety despite the physical distance between them. The new album will be released via their own label Cable Code Records on Friday 30th October alongside two shows at the Brighton Komedia.

The new album is available to pre-order now and you can listen to the already released singles from it here.