All Them Witches Lon­don Koko

Nashville’s next big thing stretch out.

Classic Rock - - Live! - Dave Ever­ley

“It’s a long one,” says All Them Witches bas­sist and vo­cal­ist Charles Michael Parks Jr half­way through his band’s set tonight. “So sit back, grab your­self a bag of pop­corn.”

He’s talk­ing about a bliss­fully elon­gated work­out that merges two songs, In­ter­net and Blood And Sand, but he might just as well be talk­ing about the whole show.

In the case of All Them Witches, a long one is no bad thing. The Nashville four-piece sit out­side of time any­way. Their heavy metal lava lamp jams are si­mul­ta­ne­ously 1970 (the un­du­lat­ing All­man Broth­ers or­gan grooves, the Floy­dian gui­tar rip­ples, the snip­pet of The Doors’ The End amid the struc­tured chaos that ush­ers in Swal­lowed By The Sea) and 2017 (you can hear them fight­ing to keep post-mil­len­nial dread at arm’s length, and mostly win­ning).

There’s not a whole lot of move­ment on stage, so it’s bet­ter to shut your eyes and get car­ried along by it all, let­ting the likes of Tal­is­man and Alabaster seep into the canyons of your brain, and the white beams and blue search­lights make pat­terns on the in­side of your eye­lids. Nor is Parks much both­ered with ban­ter. “I’d like to thank you guys in the mid­dle for danc­ing,” he says at one point. “And you guys at the side.”

But no one comes to All Them Witches for sparkling repar­tee. They’re here to be led by the hand for two hours through dif­fer­ent di­men­sions be­fore the lights go up and re­al­ity in­trudes. On that front, it’s job done.

Spell­bind­ing: Witches’ Charles Michael Parks Jr. ‘Their lava-lamp jams are si­mul­ta­ne­ously 1970 and 2017.’

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