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Interview:
Swedish Rockers Enjoying Higher Profile
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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They’re used to long nights in Scandinavia, but the Swedish hard rock group Witchcraft is starting to see some daylight in the United States with its third album, “The Alchemist.”

“The profile? Yeah, it’s getting bigger,” says singer-guitarist Magnus Pelander. “We’re getting some more press this time around. The crowds are bigger. The receptions are more enthusiastic. It’s growing, definitely.”

Witchcraft separates itself from its peers by slavishly adhering to old school production techniques — no ProTools or digital equipment or any other high-tech effects. Pelander, however, says not everybody in the band is as devoted to that approach.

“It’s mainly our guitarist John (Hoyles) who is totally into that,” the frontman says, “whereas I wouldn’t mind fooling around with any kind of studio equipment to see what would happen. I think drums and bass are really good in analog, but vocals and guitars, I think you can get some really good sounds digitally.

“So you never know. I think in the future, there’s not gonna be quite as much analog and we’ll try some other things. I hope so, at least.”



Witchcraft, Radio Moscow and Bluesong perform Monday (Nov. 26) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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