Australian occult rock band Seawitch announce debut album »Well Of Spells« and premiere a music video for the first single »Witches Forever«
Australian occult rock band Seawitch premiere a music video for the first single »Witches Forever« taken from their debut album, »Well Of Spells«, which will be released on October 21st, 2022 via Cheersquad Records.
Says the band: “Our new single »Witches Forever« is out now on Cheersquad Records! Click on this link to watch the video and buy this morsel of sonic magick if you vibe.
Video was filmed live at the Witches Ball with the Wyld Tribe magickal community! 🖤🖤🖤
✨»Witches Forever«✨ is also available on all streaming platforms. ⚡️ Blessed Be⭐️”
Courtesy of Cheersquad Records:
»Witches Forever« is the first single from the debut album »Well Of Spells« by Australian rock band Seawitch. The song lures you in with an entrancing 1970’s-soaked intro, before exploding out of your speakers in a maelstrom of fuzz and rhythm, with Fiona’s powerful siren vocals riding the rock n roll waves.
Seawitch is fronted by former Def FX lead singer, bestselling author and real-life Witch, Fiona Horne. Fiona has written fourteen books on Witchcraft, and her song lyrics are inspired by her Craft.
“»Witches Forever« is a song about resilience, courage, and survival. Witches were the original healers and spiritual guides – the world needs her Witches now more than ever.” – Fiona Horne
»Witches Forever« features soaring sonic guitar by co-founder of Seawitch, Dave (Spiff) Hopkins and thundering bass from Brad Miller. The song lures you in with an entrancing 1970’s-soaked intro, before exploding out of your speakers in a maelstrom of fuzz and rhythm, with Fiona’s powerful siren vocals riding the rock n roll waves.
Listen to, buy and watch the video for »Witches Forever« here: cheersquad.com.au/releases/witches-forever
“»Witches Forever« came about with Fiona and me locked in iso and writing a song a day. We’d never written together before and found ourselves caressing each other’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 ‘Stairway to Heaven’ 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, »Witches Forever« 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 didn’t get close to Stairway, but we weaved together some magic tones.” – Dave (Spiff) Hopkins
“Writing 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 – ‘Dressed in holy flames, the rope now spells my name.’ As I wrote, I was thinking about the Witches who were hung and burned to death in ages past. ‘Standing in the wind and rain, I feel no shame – my soul is born again.’ I had a vision of me standing naked on a hill – 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.” – Fiona Horne
The video was filmed live at the Winter Solstice ‘Witches Ball’ which took place at The Rechabite, Perth, Western Australia. Produced and edited by Simple Ben Films.
Fiona Horne, founder of 80s girl punk band, The Mothers, 90s charting rock star of Def FX and infamous real life Witch, and Dave (Spiff) Hopkins, guitarist/founder of 80s/90s seminal surf rock band Hellmenn, sat down in the chaos of Covid times isolating together, with a vision to create a song a day.
What happened in those two weeks was a mixture of magick and skill, as these two conjured a web of heavy rock, strewn with spells and enchantments, anchored with catchy fuzz feels that get your head banging and feet moving.
The album can be pre-ordered right now. It is available as a Limited Edition Purple Vinyl (100 copies only), Limited Edition Orange Vinyl (100 copies only), black vinyl, CD and digitally. All vinyl comes with a digital download card. All tracks will also be added to your Bandcamp catalogue.
Get yours here: cheersquadrecordstapes.bandcamp.com
It was Spiff’s idea for Fiona to weave her spells into lyrics and tracks like »Esbat« (a moon love spell), »Dark Knight« (a ritual of release dedicated to the dark Goddess Hecate) and »Witches Forever« (the first single dedicated to all the Witches who lost their lives at the stake and noose) The album fully expresses the magick at the core of Fiona’s life as a Witch and author of fourteen books on the Craft.
Musically, »Well Of Spells« has its roots deep in the hard rock sounds of the 70s, with Spiff’s sonic mayhem guitar exploding out of your speakers and bass player Brad Miller’s fingers a freight train thundering through the tracks. Fiona wields her guitar like a wand, her voice more powerful than ever, sending goosebumps up your spine.
Dive into the salty stoner wonder of »Well Of Spells«, coming out in October just in time for Halloween.
01. Witches Forever
03. Artemis Blue
05. Dark Knight
08. Memento Mori
Words and music by Fiona Horne and Dave (Spiff) Hopkins.
Produced by Kenny Killer Watt and Seawitch.
Engineered by Kenny Killer Watt.
Recorded at Killer Watt Studios, Western Australia.
Mastered by Don Bartley, Benchmark Mastering.
Art by Sindy Sinn.
Fiona Horne – Vocals/Guitar
Dave (Spiff) Hopkins – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Brad Miller – Bass/Vocals
Matt Hamilton – Drums
Kenny Killer Watt – Keyboards/Percussion
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well