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“We want something real. We want something that means something.”
WITTERQUICK began in 2014 in the back bedroom of a house in the South West of England, wanting to be the change they all desired from the music of today, “We want something real. We want something that means something.” said Will about the band’s aims, “A lot of music today is lacking that…‘thing’, that little spark, that pulls us into the music we love. We want every song we write to be our favourite song, and so far we’re nailing it.”
WITTERQUICK launched that unique blend of rock-pop into the public eye in March 2015 by releasing an entirely self-made dark, yet upbeat, ‘The Otherside’ to rave reviews, clocking over 10,000 views in its first month (currently over 35,000 January 2016) and also featuring in the iTunes rock charts. “…We really couldn’t believe the response the track had, we had people messaging us from Scotland, Germany, America, all over the place, it was crazy.” bassist and co-writer Ollie recalls.
“…Will Alford is one of the finest front men that Devon has produced in recent years…WITTERQUICK needed to be played on the show, and the response from listeners was proof we made the right decision…” – James Santer BBC Introducing Devon
Following the release of ‘The Otherside’ they recorded their debut 5-track EP with world renowned producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic, Lower Than Atlantis) at his studio in Cardiff. Ollie says that working with Romesh was a huge step for them, and they didn’t take it lightly, “We got a call back from Romesh saying that he’d love to work with us, that was one of the first moments when we thought ok…this is getting serious.”
“WITTERQUICK are a band with a massive sound and anthemic songs. I knew I wanted to work with them as soon as I heard Rise!” - Romesh Dodangoda Long Wave Studios
“This EP had to be everything we wanted to change in music, it was our chance to say what we wanted to say, and we didn’t pull any punches…” The band jumped at the chance to work with Alex Wharton at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, who offered to master the recording for them, “It was a pleasure mastering WITTERQUICK, it’s great music which I really enjoyed!” This was the final piece of the puzzle and ensured that, along with their arsenal of songs, they had a competitive product that would turn heads.
“We don’t work with any professional writers. We’re not created with auto-tune. We’re not designed by a focus group. What you see, and hear, is us. And only us.” - Will
‘Soldiers’, the first single from the EP, was released on October 30th during a SOLD OUT UK tour with Nothing But Thieves (10-11/2015). “We put out ‘Soldiers’ while on the road, and we were blown away with the response from fans” recalls Ollie “every night more and more people were singing along, it was incredible.”
The tour amassed faithful fans everywhere they went, as well as some places they hadn’t yet visited (namely the birth of the WITTERQUICK Italia fan club from Italy, who call themselves the QUICK ARMY). Combined with the support from fans in the media (Kate Lawler’s Song of the Week on Kerrang! Radio, Song of the Week and a live session on BBC Introducing in Devon, to name but a few) WITTERQUICK are cementing themselves as ones to watch in 2016.
Soldiers ignited the imaginations of fans worldwide, making WITTERQUICK an obsession for their quickly growing fanbase, each show now pulling in fans from across the UK and Europe, including a secret show in London which SOLD OUT in under 24 hours.
Once you hear WITTERQUICK, you can’t let go.
WITTERQUICK’s sound combines the intensity of punk-rock, and the feel of the 70’s and 80’s stadium greats, with the melody of a pop band.
“We’re not modelling ourselves on anyone, we don’t want to be like anyone else, if you aren’t doing your own thing, what’s the point?” – Ollie
“Be part of the change.” - Will