Formed in 2015 after years of working together in various projects, Water Witches are comprised of long-time friends Ethan Bartman (guitar, lead vocals), Charlie Touvell (drums, vocals), and Matt Clouston (bass, vocals), though the trio can often host a wide array of fellow musicians and performers. With sets including organists, guitarists, violinists, and even an irreverent rock-and-roll-reverend, adding a rich and uncommonly genuine sense of communal expression and musical exploration.
Due in part to the diversity of their live performances, Water Witches draw on a far-flung range of influences including Devandra Banhart, Spacemen 3, Aphrodite’s Child, and Velvet Underground. They have cultivated a unique and cohesive sound which Ghettoblaster Magazine described as, “a little bit rock, a little bit psych-folk, a whole lot of good.”
The playful energy of their live shows transcribes itself effortlessly onto the translucent, green vinyl of their first full-length album, Feathers. The pounding, fuzzed-filled crowd favorite “Sea More” invokes the carefree simplicity of Jonathan Richman’s early Modern Lovers days, while the opus “White Noize” begins as a dreamy, psychological ballad that grows into a chaotic and powerful sonic tidal wave, all in just under four minutes. The sincerity of Bartman’s lyrics lends a delightful contrast to the colorful complexity of their melodies and on-stage personas.
They received the 2016 Athens Community Music Festival’s Band of the Year Award, and their ceaseless touring efforts have given them a well-earned reputation as one of the best new bands in the mid-west.
"This is the best album I've heard come out of an Athens band in many years. Get it as soon as you can."
- Doug "Rat" Brooks, WOUB, Radio Free Athens
Self-produced and recorded in a basement, Feathers is the debut album from Athens, Ohio Freak Rock group, Water Witches. The album was mixed by Josh Antonuccio at 3 Elliot Studios in Athens, Ohio. The band released the album on vinyl in early 2016. The vinyl was master cut by Dave Polster at Well Made Music in Cleveland, Ohio. The album is available on Spotify and digital download on Bandcamp.