On June 13th, Portland doomsters Witch Mountain are coming to town, playing the Hard Luck Bar on Dundas. I’ve been dying to see ‘em ever since I first heard South of Salem, their comeback album, which ended up topping my year-end list last year. The sultry, soulful, otherworldly vocals of Uta Plotkin really give the songs a big boost. And on this occasion, her band will be joined by another pair of female-fronted doom units in Blood Ceremony and Castle–a Toronto exclusive for both acts. Thus, in anticipation of this estrogen-laced triple bill, I figured it was time to count down my Top 10 Female-Fronted Stoner/Doom Bands Going Today.
4. Witch Mountain
Perhaps the hardest choice I had to make while putting together this list was where to place Witch Mountain. South of Salem was an amazing album, but it was also the first one they did that could be filed under “female fronted doom.” The band formed as a three-piece in the late 90’s, and put out a pair of releases in 2000-’01 before calling it a day for oh, about a decade or so. Upon their return, they added Uta Plotkin to the mix, and her emotive singing really took South of Salem to the next level. I have yet to hear their follow-up effort, Cauldron of the Wild, which officially drops next week–right before they hit TO. Should it deliver as strongly as its predecessor, well, I might hafta bump this band up a couple spots. I’ll be picking it up next Wednesday, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of what’s to come–a clip of their performance at last weekend’s Scion Rock Fest in Tampa:
(So far, so good!)
On that note, this list will be taking a three-day break as I’m heading west this weekend to see Church of Misery (amongst other activities). I’ll leave you to ponder which three bands could be better than Witch Mountain, and return with the upper tier starting on Monday.