View Full Version : Esben and the Witch (RIYL Florence and Siouxsie)

10-21-2010, 09:27 AM
Saw these guys open for Foals the other night and they were primal and riveting. Very percussive and visceral.

Reminds me of Souxsie and the Banshees. But different.
And this video is creepy and incredible.


10-21-2010, 09:29 AM
Covering Kylie...


10-21-2010, 09:31 AM

10-21-2010, 09:31 AM
Yes they are quite amazing! Go buy the Marching Song EP


10-21-2010, 09:34 AM
Bought it the other night from the band themselves at the merch table and its really terrific. Tho I wish there were a couple more tracks on it.

It was funny cuz it was $8 and I only had a 20 and dude was having trouble figuring out the change which is odd because Im pretty sure math is the same in England :P

heart cooks brain
10-21-2010, 11:04 AM
I'd watch this.

10-21-2010, 12:51 PM

rage patton
10-21-2010, 01:47 PM

Holy fuck. This song and this video are incredible.

EDIT: I need to hear more from these guys. Can someone PM me a link to their album/ep or whatever they have out there.

10-21-2010, 02:13 PM
Not bad but just sounds like a 1996 era American goth band with way better production. Doesn't really do Siouxsie justice imo.

10-21-2010, 02:22 PM
No one can replicate or even come close to Siouxsie. I don't mind the efforts though.

01-10-2011, 09:45 AM
Bumped cuz the album has leaked and you should find it and listen.


01-10-2011, 09:51 AM
Glad you enjoyed them live, as they were kind of dull when I saw them. Then again, it was at Field Day. That festival can make any band sound shit.

Will give the album a spin tomorrow.

01-10-2011, 09:53 AM
Thats a shame.
This normally isnt quite my sound, so I was predisposed to "meh" when I saw em in October, but they had an intensity and an animal thing that separates them from a lot of the neogothy types we seem to have a glut of right now.
Very percussive and primal.
And other bad writing cliches as well!

01-10-2011, 10:05 AM
I do actually really like the EP's, so I imagine it was just the trashy festival sound.

01-10-2011, 08:11 PM
I'm down for this lot. "Marching Song" had me hooked last year, so I'll give the album a spin.

E&TW + Zola Jesus for '11 = :thu

01-15-2011, 01:31 AM
This album is ace. I've listened to it about four times now and like it more each listen. I hope to see them on the polo fields.

06-05-2011, 02:40 AM
Just posted in The Gothic Rock thread, might as well share it here too:

I'm somewhat surprised no one has mentioned Esben and the Witch in this thread. (but there is a thread about them here http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42837)
They haven't been around that long, full length dropped in October, but they got tons of press around SXSW this year.

I saw them the next day in San Diego, and they were clearly exhausted from playing multiple gigs for days on end in Austin, but they still had me completely captivated from the second they started playing. It seemed almost everyone there was, actually.

At one point there were a couple drunk frat types in the crowd near the stage @ Casbah that were basically heckling the band and killing the mood of the set. The vocalist, Rachel, shot them a dirty look and Daniel, the guitarist, immediately jumped off the stage and walked right over, turned his back to them, and basically stood right against the douchebags for the rest of the song as he tore it up. Dudes got the point and left the floor immediately afterwards, looking embarrassed and a bit frightened... He became my hero in that instant.

Anyway... I will be a bit surprised if they aren't at Coachella next year. Hopefully they'll put out an awesome follow-up to Violet Cries and keep up their momentum.

Here's the first single, I'm sure some of you have prob seen this awesome video.


and another:


and a few of the better articles I've read about them...


** http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4141900-rachel-from-esben-amp-the-witch--the-importance-of-words?relevant-artist

06-05-2011, 03:08 AM

06-05-2011, 03:41 AM
yes! I love this record and always try to push on my Siouxsie friends!

06-05-2011, 09:29 AM
Siouxsie was one of the worst Coachella sets I've seen.