Now I didn’t invent the phrase “high octane rock’n'roll”, but as whoever did first use that term didn’t (as far as I know) copyright it I’m going to nick it now, because if ever there a band who that description fits perfectly, then it’s Texas’ power trio Dixie Witch.
Actually can we take a moment here to reflect, this is a band playing Southern Rock, who are from the South of the USA. What ARE the chances of that
the band have been around since 1999, and given what erupts from the speakers when you first listen to Let It Roll it’s surprising that they aren’t much better known. I can think of several “big” names in this genre who get nowhere near the power and the glory that these guys deliver.
The band are straight up Rock’n'Roll of the Southern variety. They come from the same musical lineage that gave us Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and ZZ Top but at some point Dixie Witch mutated into something much heavier, a downtuned swamp thing with heavy distorted bottom end that feels like it could trigger earthquake warnings. It’s a real rumbling bulldozer of sound that gives the band a foundation that is almost tectonically heavy. Throw in a singer who actually can sing and some killer riffs and solos and, well, what’s not to like ??
Another thing that lifts this album far beyond average is the sound that Benny Grotto has captured here. It has the energy of a live performance and, for all the rumbling bottom end and downtuned riffs, never sounds mushy or flat, all the dirt is captured in perfect clarity
As Dixie Witch’s better known contemporaries evolve into something with more commercial appeal and head off to play mega-festivals in Europe, JT, CC and Trinidad stay true to their roots. The result is something that just manages to sound, for want of a better cliche, authentic.
Seriously, if you like your rock southern, your riffs huge and you rhythm section able to cause structural damage then you could do worse, much worse, than check out Dixie Witch.