FIONA HORNE AND HER NEW BAND SEAWITCH ANNOUNCE A ROCK’N’ROLL HALLOWEEN BALL IN MELBOURNE TO LAUNCH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘WELL OF SPELLS’
‘WELL OF SPELLS’ OUT OCTOBER 21, FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO WITCHES FOREVER OUT NOW
When a real Witch puts down her broomstick and picks up a guitar with a bunch of sonic fuzz wizards, rock n roll mayhem erupts….
Perth based rock sensations, SEAWITCH, featuring Fiona Horne of Def FX and Dave (Spiff) Hopkins of Hellmenn, are casting their spell on Victoria with three high profile shows this Halloween/Melbourne Cup Eve long weekend, to launch their debut album, Well Of Spells, out 21st October on Cheersquad Records.
In addition to appearances at the Do The Pop Festival in Port Campbell down the Great Ocean Road on October 29, and a guest spot with US band Stoner, featuring Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri of Kyuss and Queens of the Stoneage, on their sold out Gaso show on October 30, Seawitch have announced they will be hosting their own HALLOWEEN ROCK’N’ROLL BALL at the Tote on October 31, which this year falls on the eve of the Melbourne Cup public holiday.
Joining Seawitch at the Rock’n’Roll Halloween Ball will be Melbourne inner city rock’n’roll mainstays HOSS, up & coming gorgeous gang ELECTRIC PURRS, and, fresh from the launch of her new book Sound As Ever, DJ JANE GAZZO.
â€œâ€˜Witches Foreverâ€™ came about with Fiona and me locked in iso and writing a song a day. Weâ€™d never written together before and found ourselves caressing each otherâ€™s talents, with me adding some vocal ideas and her giving me instructions on how to make guitar riffs different and more original with timings. I watched a doco on Jimmy Page and how he created â€˜Stairway to Heavenâ€™ in his head before the studio, and I was thinking I would like to do something like that, that could start off acoustic and classic then turn into a thundering Fu Manchu V8 riff. After the intro, â€˜Witches Foreverâ€™ moves into Neil Young territory, then cranks up a notch into Joy Division for the verses with some sonic mayhem and blistering outro. Definitely showing some 70s influences. It certainly didnâ€™t get close to Stairway, but we weaved together some magic tones.â€ – Dave (Spiff) Hopkins
â€œWriting songs with Spiff is exciting. We sit and create from scratch, and together end up doing something that neither of us would have done individually, influencing each other to try different and unfamiliar things. My favourite lyric in ‘Witches Forever’ is the second verse â€“ â€˜Dressed in holy flames, the rope now spells my name.â€™ As I wrote, I was thinking about the Witches who were hung and burned to death in ages past. â€˜Standing in the wind and rain, I feel no shame â€“ my soul is born again.â€™ I had a vision of me standing naked on a hill â€“ with flames at my feet and a rope around my neck, but I was dancing in the fire and I took the rope from around my neck and wove it through the air, so that it spelled my name. I took back my power and felt grateful for all the women who suffered but built the foundation upon which we modern Witches can live free and practice our Craft, we are Witches together forever.â€ – Fiona Horne
The video for Witches Forever was filmed live at the Winter Solstice â€˜Witches Ballâ€™ which took place at The Rechabite, Perth, Western Australia. It was produced and edited by Simple Ben Films.
Seawitch’s debut album ‘Well of Spells’ is out October 21 2022
(There will be 100 copies of the Limited Edition Purple Vinyl of Well Of Spells only. Available also on Limited Edition Orange Vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digitally. All vinyl comes with a digital download card.)
Thanks to Dave Laing Publicity