frankie & the witch fingers
Modern Vices, Flesh Panthers
Over the course of five years and five LP’s, L.A. veterans, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, have been mutating and perfecting their high-powered rock n’ roll sound. After savagely touring the USA and Europe, this four-headed beast has shown no signs of relenting—appearing like summoned daemons and dosing crowds with cerebral party fuel.
The main attraction of Frankie and the Witch Fingers is their explosive performance. With their rowdy and visceral approach to live shows, each member brings their own devilry to induce an experience of bacchanal proportions.
Using absurd lyrical imagery—soaked in hallucination, paranoia, and lust—the band’s M.O. strikes into dark yet playful territory. This sense of radical duality is astir at every turn, in every time signature change. Airy vocal harmonies over heavily-serrated riffs. Low-key shamanic roots under vivid high-strangeness. Rambling stretches and punctuated licks. Cutting heads and kissing lips. All this revealing a stereophonic schizophrenia that has flowed throughout their body of work: an ebb & flow of flowery-poppy horror.
The band’s latest incarnation is primed to break new sonic ground, edging into the funky and preternatural. Just when you think the trip couldn’t get any weirder, Frankie and the Witch Fingers cranks up the dial, shatters the mundane, and summons new visions.
Modern Vices are persevering. Heavily active in the Chicago scene since the release of their self-titled debut in 2014, the five-piece – Alex Rebek (vocals), Miles Kalchik (bass/keys), Thomas Peters (guitar), Peter Scoville (guitar), and Patrick Hennessey (drums) – has spent time on the road building their live show and honing in on their songcraft. Where their self-titled album boasted “swaggering urban garage rock” (Stereogum), their new LP, “If Only,” sees them moving into a more stylized direction, driven by bright guitar and darker, new wave elements. The youthfulness of their self-titled is still at full force, but with a refined direction.
Flesh Panthersis a ROCK band. We don’t play indie rock or synth pop or any second rate music shit. We chug beer and play power chords!