South Carolina Hard Rock, Blues-Punk band Seven Year Witch has released their blues-punk infused cover of AKON’s 2006 Billboard chart-topping, dirty rap hit single “I Wanna Love You.” Band-member Spencer Burden (bass) took some time out to fill in the blanks on our introduction to Seven Year Witch…
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
The band originally formed in 2013 under the name “Doc Holiday” but there were too many other groups using that name, so around 2018 the name “Seven Year Witch” came to be. My brother Seth and I met vocalist Aaron Langford at our high school in Pendleton, South Carolina. We first saw guitarist Beau Anderson playing in a different band when we realized we needed to steal him. The group has been together around 7 years now.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
Honestly we were dying to play live for the first time. We weren’t old enough to get into bars yet so we played a show in our garage! Looking back that was actually a fun first gig.
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe Seven Year Witch?
When people check us out, they should expect a high energy performance. We want to be the most fun band to watch. I’d describe us as a young band ready to take on anything.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
We’ll, I’d love to brag on our vocalist Aaron Langford. I think he has a timeless voice and I look forward to watching the world realize it. Also, I think plain and simple we have one of the most energetic, fun-to-watch live shows.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
Our new cover of Akon’s “I Wanna Love You” just dropped which will be followed by a new release every 6 weeks.
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
Greta Van Fleet. Their crowd appreciates seeing todays youth playing rock n’ roll and that’s exactly what we’re also doing. We gotta make that gig happen some day.
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
It’s so hard to say because we’ve seen some truly amazing rock bands who never hit it big. A lot of it is persistence and having a good team.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
Well really, It just happened. I just started picking up guitars and drums. I signed up for band class in school. I joined marching band. None of it took me any convincing, I just naturally & strongly gravitated towards it.
My first musical memories as a child were teaching myself how to do a drum roll on a snare and writing riffs on a busted up guitar we found in the attic.
AC/DC – Brian or Bon? Or both?!
I think both are amazing! If I had to pick, probably Bon.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Well the other night I saw Foreigner in concert & then the next night I went to see Alien Weaponry, Knocked Loose, and Gojira. That was a fun weekend.
What current issue are you particularly passionate about?
All these debates about who is the best Spider-Man. It’s clearly Tobey Maguire!
There is great debate at the minute about whether or not musicians should use their platform to talk about political issues, some for and some against. Music has always been a form of protest, surely an artist has just as much right as the next person to offer an opinion? Or should they “just stick to the music”?
Well you always run the risk of making a large portion of your fan base bitter at you if you protest for or against issues that may or may not align with their values. Each artist has to make the personal decision if they feel convicted enough about certain issues to publicize their opinion!
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Perhaps, “Neon Icon” by Riff Raff. That album has some bangers.
Who would you class as an underrated songwriter?
Matt Cameron. He wrote the music for my favorite Soundgarden song.
There have been so many great albums released in 2021, what albums have you been enjoying this year?
Typhoons – Royal Blood
Dirty Honey’s album
Mammoth WVH’s album
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
We try to be very active on social media.
We’re on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, all of the above really! @sevenyearwitch