Witchrot Release Teaser For Experimental Documentary “Witchrot: Live in the Hammer: The Movie”
“Sometimes the line between fantasy and reality is itself a fantasy.”
Sizzling, soulful and bewitching, Witchrot is gearing up for their latest offering “Witchrot: Live in the Hammer“, due out for its international release March 10, 2023. Following the release of the album, the band will release their new experimental documentary “Witchrot: Live in the Hammer: The Movie” due out Spring 2023. The film will feature live footage of the band recording their album, intercut with images of Hamilton (both modern and archival), punctuated by the iconography of horror films.
The goal (of the film and trailer) is to paint a poetic impression of Hamilton, balancing realism and fantasy, revealing both the good and the bad, which in turn reflects the album’s goal of making music that is both beautiful and putrid.
The band comments: “Hamilton seemed like the perfect place for us to record a live album — a dirty rock n roll band playing in the grease trap of Ontario. It’s an almost mythical place, both dingy and beautiful, a geographical reflection of our music. That was the impetus for “Live in the Hammer: The Movie”. It’s a whole experimental concert movie/documentary, live footage mixed with tons of old archival material and grindhouse stuff. We hope the trailer gives an idea of how crazy it’s gonna be.”
All sleaze and psych, Live In The Hammer has the fuzz fueled quartet playing in the grease trap of Ontario. Smoky vocals overtop mesmeric psychedelic doom fill the room to the brim.
Formed in Toronto in 2018, WITCHROT was founded by Lea Reto (vocals) & Peter Turik (Guitar). After some international press over band disputes, betrayals, and a temporary break up, the band recruited Lea’s boyfriend Nick Kervin (Drums) and Cam Alford (Bass). Together they recorded the band’s debut full-length Hollow (2021) and most recently Live In the Hammer. Currently, Nick “Nido” Dolphin has joined the band on bass.
Pulling from the lost psychedelic masterpieces with fuzz erupting like a volcano and the ethereal shoegaze music of the late 80s and 90s, WITCHROT has carved their own haunting path. The all-consuming wave of divine music that is terrifying by its sheer velocity and force rather than dissonance.
Simultaneously beautiful and putrid, Live In The Hammer pays homage to the grime of the past, paved over by the glitz of the present. Live In The Hammer was recorded at Boxcar Sound in Hamilton, and mastered by Tony Reed at Heavy Head Recording.
The bubbling cauldron that is Live In the Hammer, serves as a bridge between Hollow and the band’s forthcoming next album, currently in the works. There’s no escaping the strange web of WITCHROT. Fall into the chasm and embrace the dark.
Lea Reto – Vocals
Peter Turik – Guitar
Nick Kervin – Drums
Nick “Nido” Dolphin – Bass