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Sweet Little Witches
     

Sweet Little Witches

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by Switchblade Symphony
 
Given the darkwave scene's life-sustaining cliquishness and the importance of Switchblade Symphony to that community, it's no surprise that the Bay Area group's mystique thrived there even after it announced a hiatus in 1999. Sweet Little Witches acts as an official bootleg, collecting 14 live performances and a bonus video track for "Dirty Dog." It covers the

Overview

Given the darkwave scene's life-sustaining cliquishness and the importance of Switchblade Symphony to that community, it's no surprise that the Bay Area group's mystique thrived there even after it announced a hiatus in 1999. Sweet Little Witches acts as an official bootleg, collecting 14 live performances and a bonus video track for "Dirty Dog." It covers the main points of all three Switchblade studio efforts, drawing mainly from a 1997 show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia and a set at California's Ventura Theatre from 1999. The mix is incredibly pristine throughout, and the audiences prove to be quite attentive, preferring polite, fawning applause and the occasional "we love you!" to raucous hoots and hollers. Tina Root's stage chatter is beguiling and delightfully eccentric; typically, her response to the adulation is to laugh in a girlish, almost surprised way that's very disarming. The frequent call-and-response meows can be trying, but that communication also illustrates the darkwave scene's intense audience-to-artist relationship. Veterans and newcomers alike should enjoy Sweet Little Witches, as it's a greatest-hits album, a live recording, and a wonderfully weird introduction into Switchblade's kooky coven. Album highlights include "Into the Sky," "Funnel," "Dollhouse," and the Baroque drone of closer "Clown."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Cleopatra
UPC:
0741157132625
catalogNumber:
326

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Switchblade Symphony   Primary Artist
Julian Beeston   Sampling
Tina Root   Voices
Susan Wallace   Keyboards
Eric Gebow   Drums
George Earth   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dave Parkinson   Producer,Video Director
Tina Root   Composer
Susan Wallace   Composer,Programming
Eunah Lee   Graphic Design
Eric Gebow   Composer
George Earth   Composer
Brian Perera   Executive Producer
Jason Myers   Art Direction
Jason Ayers   Liner Notes
Paul Babikian   Live Sound
Brian McNelis   Video Images

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Sweet Little Witches 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, Tina Root is okay when she is remastered and cleaned up a bit. But live she is like having to listen to an alley cat stuck in a rusty sharp fence. At least this album taught me not to go to one of Switchblades live shows.