TRACK OF THE WEEK: “Wire Frame Mattress” by The Wytches

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As if we needed another reason to be excited about SXSW, Brighton-based rockers The Wytches have announced that they’ll be in Austin this March for their live US debut.  “Wire Frame Mattress” from Gravedweller (available for free download on the band’s website) is a perfect example of their dark, lo-fi take on Nuggets-era surf rock riffs drenched in reverb and punched up with a little British snarl courtesy of vocalist Kristian Bell.  The band is fleshed out by bassist Daniel Rumsey, who’s working on a sci-fi novel called The Curious Adventures of Charlie Revel, and drummer Gianni Honey, a semi-professional poker player.  Destined to fill the gaping hole (grave?) left by the break-up of Thee Oh Sees, we’re willing to bet these young lads have learned a lot from touring with Death Grips, Metz, Japandroids, and Chelsea Wolfe in the UK.  The band just signed to Partisan Records and will release a new record in May, so be on the lookout.