On 12/12/12 Seattle’s Witchburn lit up the airwaves at Metalholic Radio to talk about their recent tour with Dio Disciples, creating addition through subtraction, and recording the band’s second record. Three of the band’s four members, Jacy, Jamie and Mischa spent 30 minutes baring their souls and knuckles for their fans.
Witchburn is perhaps the best unsigned band in America. I say perhaps, only because I have not heard them all. However, three years since I first laid ears on their broody, down-tuned Black Sabbath-esque vibe, I have yet to change that opinion. They are, in fact, not just among the best unsigned, but better than many of the signed acts that cross my path on an endless basis. Yes, they are that impressive.
Whether it is the dark and moving riffs penned by founder and guitarist Mischa Kianne, or the edgy and impassioned vocals of Jamie Nova; who channels her emotions like a sonic battering ram, tattooing the listener’s soul, these two extraordinary talents are simply magical together. On the other side of the spectrum, drummer Dana Sims and bassist Jacy Peckham lay down a thunderous and groove steeped foundation on which the ladies build their metal machinations. Yin and Yang, testosterone and estrogen, rumble and radiance, Witchburn balance each unique talent of the band to create a dynamic and unforgettable whole. Kianne and Nova also made our Top 25 Women of Hard Rock and Metal list for 2012.
Last year the band had an opportunity to head to Portugal, Sweden and Spain on their EuroRevolution tour. As part of the Spain stop Witchburn got to perform on a television show. Because of that the band recorded a cover of the Black Sabbath classic, “Mob Rules” which will soon be available as part of a new EP designed to tide fans over until the new album comes out. As life has a way of doing; irony, fate, destiny or coincidence then linked them together with a coast to coast tour with Dio Disciples. Each member of the band was admittedly over-the-moon about the experience.
“Just hanging out with those guys and listening to stories of the late, great Ronnie James Dio. We were like kids in a candy store just getting to hear good stories from back in the day.”
Jacy shared that they couldn’t wait to get off stage each night to watch the band perform and Jamie was in awe watching Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan perform: “Ripper just blew my mind. That man just gets up there and destroys it.” However, it was Mischa who perhaps shared the most poignant moment of the tour when talking to Craig Goldy about the “Zen of guitar” and how to improve her own guitar playing:
“I’m really very much a perfectionist,” offered Kianne. “We’re all our own worst critics, right? I’m always striving to do better and to learn more, and the one thing that [Craig] said to me that really pierced my soul—at one point he looked me dead in the eye and said, ‘Listen, you are perfect.’ He said, ‘You are so genuine when you play and you put everything you have into every note that you play, and that’s what people see. So, you’re perfect.’ That was kind of the most amazing thing anyone has ever said to me. I got a little bit emotional at that point.”
Two years after legendary producer Jack Endino (High on Fire, Soundgarden, Nirvana) helmed the band’s debut album, “How We Slay Our Demons”, the quartet has once again collaborated with the master on what should prove to be mammoth sophomore effort. The band talked about how that relationship began:
“We all met each other when we did a show together and Jack just ended up really liking the band. We started talking about recording together that night. He was just really excited about it. He was like ‘I could record the shit out of you guys.’ So we went in and did the first record with him and we all loved working with him, obviously. He’s Jack. He’s a mad scientist. So when we were getting ready to record the second record it was actually a huge compliment that he was emailing us saying ‘Hey when are you going to be ready to do the next record. I’m so ready to record the four-piece, Witchburn.’ He was telling us he was going to do the record before we even asked him.” (laughs)
Witchburn finished recording the new album, “Bathed In Blood”, this summer but they are holding off on release until next spring. In the meantime the band will offer fans an EP with a couple of new tracks, “Der Hexenhammer” and “Shuffle Up and Deal”, as well as their “Mob Rules” cover to whet and temporarily satiate their collective appetites. The band expects to have it available on their website this month, and it is available at their shows. The artwork for the new record was created by J.P. Farquar: “He’s done a really amazing piece for the album cover. This guy is incredible,” touted Jamie. “He’s just an amazing artist and a really, really dear friend of ours.”
Listen to the full interview with Witchburn below and discover the best band you’ve been missing out on.