Thursday, December 23, 2021

Witch Fever challenge misogynistic musicians on latest single ‘Bully Boy’

Mancunian punk-rock quartet Witch Fever have dropped another stomper of a single in the form of ‘Bully Boy’, lifted from their latest EP ‘Reincarnate.’ Lead singer Amy Walpole’s vocal delivery evokes the sung-spoken shouts of Poly Styrene, as she sings “The pressure’s on me” over unrelenting guitar riffs.

The group formed five years ago, and have built up quite the following since then, perhaps due to their notoriously raucous live shows and riotous performing style. They’ve picked up a few famous fans on the way, having been invited on tour with post-punk stalwarts IDLES.

The track is embellished with grinding guitars, creating a foreboding atmosphere. Meanwhile the punk-oriented overtones recall the soundscapes of Slaves and Courtney Barnett.

Witch Fever’s music could be described as a melodious racket. It's brutal and noisy, yet it's cohesive and catchy. Walpole screams “Off with his head! Let’s see how he burns” in the chorus, condemning a misogynistic man. 

In the accompanying music video, one member of the band stabs a watermelon with a face drawn on it, sort of like a real-life game of Fruit Ninja. 

Thunderous guitar work and pounding drums accompany Walpole’s musings. “Am I tits and lips and arse to you?” she queries.

During the bridge, droning guitar feedback underpins Walpole’s echoing vocals, before she sings acapella, her isolated vocals emphasising the song’s lyrics even more.

As the instrumentation gradually builds like an impending storm, the track is re-imbued with a gloomy atmosphere, as Witch Fever offer a final and formidable chorus. Certainly not a tune to be missed, ‘Bully Boy’ will have you head-banging in no time.

Sarah Taylor


Image: Witch Fever ‘Reincarnate’ Official EP Cover

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