English surf-psych trio The Wytches play Toronto’s The Drake Underground on July 21st with support from Pet Sun. Hot off of their European Tour, we had the opportunity of speaking with the band to discuss nun outfits, synchronised dancing, throwing instruments, and caveman times — enjoy!
AMBY: Hey The Wytches, thanks for speaking with us today. What’s the band been up to?
The Wytches: Hey, well we’ve just finished a European tour with Blood Red Shoes and right now we are in a Travelodge during the UK tour with Pulled Apart by Horses. It’s going really well. We thought we would be dead by now.
AMBY: Shot on VHS with a $200 budget, what was the best moment you had while creating the video for Robe For Juda?
The Wytches: Watching Gianni in a nun outfit and the synchronised dancing. We did enough shots of the dancing to fill up another video but we didn’t wanna rival the Macarena.
AMBY: The band will be touring North America this summer, stopping in Toronto on July 21st. What is your favourite part about being on the road?
The Wytches: Just hanging out with the bands we are on tour with and mucking about. It’s great when we get along with the bands we play with. Luckily we’ve toured with METZ before so we know we’re in for a good time.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your shows?
The Wytches: I threw my bass into the drums once and it landed on Gianni’s head instead. I found that quite funny. He hasn’t got me back yet. Oh and at a recent Birmingham show, we weren’t expecting it but at the end of the show we all got crowd surfed out of the room. The music had stopped and we just carried on it was hilarious.
AMBY: The upcoming summer tour will be alongside Cloud Nothings and Metz, making for a pretty awesome line-up. If you could curate your own personal concert line-up, who would be part of it?
Kristian: Elliott Smith, Rowland S Howard and Murder City Devils
Dan: Nick Cave, Interpol, Alkaline Trio and The Cure
Gianni: Million Dead, The Cribs, Hell is for Heroes, Joy Division and The Walkmen
AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?
Gianni: I’d go far enough back in time to see where the moon came from.
Dan: Not sure… need longer to think about that one. Maybe to caveman times.
AMBY: What was your first concert experience like? Did it have an impact on your music?
Kristian: Motorhead 2003. It was really loud and made me want to make loud music too.
Dan: The Vandals in Brighton 2000. This show and many following it made want to be on the stage rather than in the audience.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about The Wytches that nobody knows yet.
The Wytches: We don’t know x
Thank you The Wytches, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout