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High Hopes: All Them Witches – Psychedelic jams and wizard tales

Having avoided decapitation, the genre-hopping band are aiming to put a spell on you.

A major tourist trap in eastern Tennessee, Pigeon Forge is home to Dolly Parton theme park Dollywood and a phalanx of gaudy theatres, eateries and outlet malls. Recently it has also been a somewhat unlikely backdrop for Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, the latest album from Nashville quartet All Them Witches.

The band recorded it in a mountainside cabin overlooking the resort. “That town is a crazy fucking capitalist place,” says singer/bassist Charles Michael Parks Jr, “so there was a lot of duality going on. The fact that Pigeon Forge was down there just solidified the fact that we needed to be up on a mountain instead. We forced ourselves to make the record, from morning until night. We did the whole thing in five days.”

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