ESBEN & THE WITCH
THE LOW-DOWN Do we need another group of moody young twentysomethings who are flagrantly in thrall to bands such as The Cure, Ride and Siouxsie and the Banshees? When they’re as good as Esben & the Witch, then the answer is yes, we do. Named after a Danish fairy tale about an altruistic young man, there’s a spark about this female-fronted Brighton-based trio that burns fiercer and steadier than many of their disposable contemporaries. They impressed Matador Records so much that the well-respected label made the band their first British signing in more than five years. With singles as brilliant as brooding slowburner Lucia, at the Precipice, it’s not hard to see why. Layers of cascading guitar and drums swathe their mystical, echoed shoegaze. Album Violet Cries is out at the end of January.
SOUNDBITE “What The xx might sound like if they’d been raised on My Bloody Valentine”