The Witch trials are a Dublin four-piece comprising of guitar, bass, drums and saxophone. Describing their style as ‘psychedelic rock / trip hop’, the band have been really making a name for themselves in Dublin’s music scene over the last few months with Louder Than War’s John Robb hailing their music as being “as intoxicating as the chemicals that probably provided its inspiration”. Hot off their recent gig in the Button Factory, they have just been announced as part of the line-up for this year’s Knockanstockan festival. I spoke to lead vocalist and guitar player Daniel McIntyre about what pushes his musical buttons.
Which artist/band has influenced your music the most?
“We draw our influences from everywhere; dance music, hip-hop, old jazz, psych rock. For me it’s elements of Tame Impala, The Velvet Underground, Nick Cave, Warpaint, Pretty Lights, The Altered Hours… probably. The more I think about it the harder it is to pin down.”
What is your favourite album ever?
“That question is impossible to answer. It was Melody’s Echo Chamber there for ages. Before that it was ‘Alligator’ by The National. I’m really getting back into Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’ though at the minute.”
If you could play any venue in the world, which would it be and why?
“Any venue from any time? Definitely the UFO Club (London) in 1967. The Fillmore West (San Francisco) in 1968 would also be pretty sweet, or CBGB’s (New York) in the late 70s. If it’s today then Le Carmen in Paris would be very cool, it’s a converted mansion where the composer Bizet used to live. They’ve got velvet couches and chandeliers, and I reckon that with a projector and a few well-placed lights you could really trip it out.”
If you could collaborate with any artist/band, dead or alive, who would it be?
“Probably Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, I think we could make some really sweet sounds together. It would also be very cool to work with someone like Debussy, getting them to experiment with effects and the studio. Sonata for guitar and pedal board, haha.”
Who is your favourite Irish artist at the moment?
“The Altered Hours are one of the best bands on the planet right now, they’re making some incredible music. The same goes for Bagels, who probably have the best live show I’ve ever seen.”
What are your goals for your music in 2015?
“We’re currently working on the video for our debut single ‘Wonderland’ with the very talented artist Zak Milofsky. We’re also in Windmill Lane Studios finishing off our EP. We’ll be launching ‘Wonderland’ in May and we’re going to do some dates around the country then release another single in July. We’re also heading to the UK in August and putting out our EP in September!”
The Witch Trials will be launching their single ‘Wonderland’ in Sweeney’s on May 15th with support from Bagels. You can also find the band on www.facebook.com/thewitchtrialsmusic, Twitter, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.