On Wednesday, March 9th, psych-rock band All Them Witches took over the stage at the Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple with special guests, The Swell Fellas. All photos by Doug Fellegy.
All Them Witches
Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, All Them Witches is a 4-piece stoner rock band. Now six records deep into a tenure that began in 2012, Ben McLeod (guitarist,) Charles Michael Parks, Jr. (bass/vocals,) Robby Staebler (drums,) and Allan Van Cleave (keys) are unremittingly forward-looking. There is a ferocious energy and rhythmic nuance to the band that delivers devastating guitar riffs in a raw blend of progressive, bluesy, neo-psychedelic rock.
The band has relentlessly toured since inception, performing at festivals including Voodoo Music & Arts, Bonnaroo, Forecastle Festival, and Pukkelpop; while also sharing tours with acts such as Mastodon, Ghost, and Primus.
The Swell Fellas
Hailing from their hometown of Ocean City, Maryland, they honed their craft at beer drenched bars and college parties. The Swell Fellas took lessons from their early days of covering heavy classics and improvising extensive jams, and formed a dark, refreshing sound that will have you riding a wave of intense meditation into soaring musical crescendos.
This power trio is made up of a pair of brothers, Conner and Chris Poole (guitar and drums respectively) with their longtime friend, Mark Rohrer, a rock guitarist who they begged to buy bass gear. Growing out of their homemade backyard studio in MD, the band is pushed forward by Rohrer’s brand of melodic bass playing, wailing lead guitar with dynamic instrumental effects, and an underscore of wonderfully technical drumming.