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Psych rockers to take over Rozz-Tox

Looking for a way to end the weekend before finals week? Look no further. Rozz-Tox is hosting two heavy, psychedelic rock bands, All Them Witches and The Well.
While it is The Well’s first time playing at the Rock Island venue, All Them Witches have played here before, one year ago. And, it isn’t their first time performing with each other.
“We hooked up with (All Them Witches) in November for a west coast and Midwest run. We love those dudes,” The Well’s bassist Lisa Alley said.
“We did a 3 week tour in the fall,” All Them Witches drummer, Robby Staebler said. “They met up with us in California where we finished up our last leg of the tour, so we met with them a few months ago and spent about a week with them, and here we are again.”
When asked to describe their music, their answers were short, but their explanations went far.
“Heavy, dark, with a dash of psych thrown in,” Alley stated.
“We’ve been asked this question many times I don’t even know what to say. Just say it’s rock n’ roll, and it’ll make you see colors,” Staebler said.
The website for All Them Witches goes into further detail in their website’s bio, and even gives some background on their band name.
“’The name can be interpreted in many different ways,” explains singer and bassist Michael Parks Jr. “It could be a person’s view on what the forces of good and evil are or even how we interact with each other as human beings. There’s a little bit of witchcraft in everybody’s life. Just waking up is pretty magical—you’re alive another day. In terms of the music, we’re so loose, and that’s where the magic comes from. There’s no controlling factor. We do exactly what comes naturally. We go in a room without any idea about what will happen, get in the groove, and it works. That’s supernatural.”
The Well’s website goes on to describe their style as “redefine heavy rock by merging massive riffs with sophisticated melodies. Their progressive sound stems from a nostalgic desire to blend different musical styles as diversified as Joy Division to Blue Cheer.”
The Well’s band name has a more comical origin.
“We have a cat named Seka who is kind of an asshole,” Alley stated. “Ian used to always threaten to throw her down a well if she didn’t straighten up.”
The future brings high hopes for both bands. All Them Witches will be wrapping up their third official studio album. No release date has been given at this time other than “when the weather gets nicer,” Staebler said.
The Well will be touring as much as possible in order to support their debut album, “Samsara.”
“We’re playing some exciting SXSW shows and are especially looking forward to Psycho California in May. The line-up for the festival is killer,” Alley said.
Tickets are for sale at $10. The show begins at 7 p.m.

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Psych rockers to take over Rozz-Tox