Baltimore's Witch Hat was embodied by Chris Day, Noel Freibert, and Conor Stechschulte, all three are graduates of MICA and members of Closed Caption Comics. The band began with departed member Lane Milburn in 2006 and released close to ten CDRs and tapes before Day joined the band in 2008.
Witch Hat's "no frills operation" stresses the importance of doing a lot with very little, blending punk, psych, doom, and metal into a music intended more to be felt than heard. Their hard-nosed tomfoolery references Lungfish, Shellac, Swans, and This Heat and it belies a fascination with the grotesque. The music feels like something bad is happening so why do you want to laugh?
Witch Hat - Brown In A Dog (LP + CD)
1. Cut Beneath The Bridge Of The Nose (02:12)
2. Drowned In A Bog (03:48)
3. Young Mothers (04:01)
4. Dazzling Blade (07:56)
5. Your Dog Ate Rat Poison (02:37)
6. Forced To Fuck Myself (04:04)
7. Blood People (09:21)
8. Future Fat Men Of America (03:24)
9. Eat The Evidence (03:44)
Witch Hat recorded Brown in a Dog with veteran Baltimore engineer Craig Bowen above a body shop paint booth in the “psychedelic” heat of summer 2010. It is a stark document of performance and sweat brought to visceral life by Bowen’s attention to detail and dedication to sonic realism: strings detune in the heat, a chain rasps against metal, fumes are inhaled.
Brown in a Dog portrays the body as both prison and conduit. Vulgarity, sexuality, and dark humor thread through the lyrical themes of the record. In “Blood People,” friends and lovers seek to form physical bonds against the despair and isolation of day to day life. “Your Dog Ate Rat Poison,” with a nod to Phillip K. Dick, offers grief and awareness of one’s own demise as another avenue out of isolation.
Witch Hat’s “no frills operation” stresses the importance of doing a lot with a little, blending punk, psych, doom, and metal into a music intended to be felt rather than heard. Their hard-nosed tomfoolery references Lungfish, Shellac, Swans, and This Heat and it belies a fascination with the grotesque. The music feels like something bad is happening – so why do you want to laugh?
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