Oct 29, 2013

Bands in Gothic Rock Around The World: Two Witches

1987:
Anne Nurmi & Jyrki Witch started the band called Noidat ('witches' in
Finnish) when they realized that there were not any good gothic bands
in Finland those days.

1988:
Jyrki began to sing in English and at the same time they changed their
name to Two Witches. The first gig was in March in their hometown
Tampere. The band's first release, 7" single Pimeyden Jousi came out
in October from their own label called Darklands Records.

1989:
After many different line-up's, Anne & Jyrki finally found Nauku &
Toby, another couple which seemed to understand Two Witches -
attitude, image and music.
The second and third 7" EPs (Cat's Eyes as a split with Advanced Art
and Like Christopher Lee as a split with Russian Love) came out via
Darklands Records.

1990:
For the whole year there came out only one Two Witches- song in Rare
Magazine's sampler, and one song under the name Click!.
In October it was time for the first European tour. The players on the
"The witches are burning tour" were : Anne, Jyrki, Nauku, Toby, Ari
and Juha. Two Witches were touring in Denmark, Germany and Italy.
In December they were the headliner in the first gothic-festival ever
in Finland.

1991:
Another quiet year. Juha went studying and Jyrki's friend Timo
Rauhaniemi came to play bass. The band played a few gigs in Finland
and released 7" single Dead Dog's Howl/ Mircalla.

1992:
Two Witches debut-cd Agony of the undead vampire, part 2 came out via
Darklands, and the band was also included in two compilation releases.
In October Anne, Jyrki, Nauku and Toby went to Germany with their
friend TimV. (Shade Factory). It was time for "The undead vampire
tour". In the same tour they signed a recording deal with a German
label called Talitha Records, a division on Music Research gmbh.
At the end of the year Ari and Timo left the band.

1993:
The first German release The Vampire's Kiss- cd came out in September
via Talitha Records. Later the same year it was also re-released (with
a new lay-out) by Cleopatra Records in USA. At the same time Two
Witches guested for two compilation CDs.
The band won the title "The best band of the year" by City Magazine,
Finland. In same month came out third Two Witches-cd called
Phaeriemagick and the band started another European tour (Finland,
Germany, Slovakia) under same name. After the tour Anne left the band
and joined a Swiss band Lacrimosa.

1994:
Toby guested a German band Love Like Blood for their "European
Odyssee" -tour from March to May as their guitarist, and Jyrki toured
with another German band Sepulcrum Mentis in July singing Two
Witches-songs.
Nauku replaced Anne as a keyboardist. After some line-up changes a new
drummer Pave and a new bass-player Linde were found.
Two Witches were included in three compilation CDs for three different
countries (England, Germany & USA).
MCD Bloody Kisses was the first release by the new line-up and it came
out via Talitha at September.

1995:
Jyrki and Nauku guested Sad Parade's debut MCD Immortal Illusions
(came out from Jyrki's Darklands Records), after which, due to Toby's
work in St. Petersburg, Two Witches took a six months break from
touring. Jyrki spent his time in Berlin, playing two gigs with
Sepulcrum Mentis.
Bites-CD was released in April by Talitha Records. Two Witches
featuring Shade Factory made a cover version of Bauhaus' King volcano
which is included in the Cleopatra Records' Bauhaus-tribute called The
Passion of Covers (and later re-released for European markets under
the name Bela).
The longish touring break ended with a gig for Drum II, an open-air
festival in Finland. In August the witches started their "Bites tour
'95" consisting fourteen concerts in four different countries
(Austria, Finland, Germany, England). They played, for example, as a
headliner at the legendary hippodrome in London, as well as in Berlin
and Innsbruck.
After the tour the band changed its line-up.
During 1995 Two Witches was included in many compilations, e.g. Mick
Mercer's "Gothic Rock II", "What Sweet Music They Make II" and
"Gothik".
A German label Vuz Records released a compilation of band's early
songs called Into The Darklands - the early years 1987-1989".

1996:

Cleopatra Records released the best of Two Witches -compilation called
Bites and Kisses. In february Cleopatra Records released the tribute
to Bauhaus-CD and Two Witches made their first tour in Lapland.

Iris (who sold merchandise for "Bites tour '95") became a pianist of
Two Witches. In September the band was on tour in Finland with two
German bands Sepulcrum Mentis and Exedra (both from Berlin).

1997

A busy year for Two Witches. The year started with a tour from Brazil
where they got a very favourable reception - all gigs were sold out
and the local MTV filmed their Sound Factory-gig.

Late February and early March Two Witches toured in Finland with
Midnight Configuration.

The band released a new MCD Talvenaika (back on the Darklands again)
and got some very good reviews in various magazines.

Two Witches had their 10 years Jubilee Tour. During the tour they
played about twenty gigs in Finland, Germany, Spain and Argentina.

1998

Two Witches started their year by doing a mini-tour in England. They
played three gigs with Midnight Configuration.

The tour continued in Finland until the band went to a studio for
recording the new album. After the first studio session Nauku and Toby
left the band. Their last concert took it's place at Mexas Club,
Tampere.
At the end of the year TW played the first time in Athens, Greece.

1999:
Nightbreed Recordings released Eternal Passion-CD and TW toured again
in England and Finland.

2000:
Wenches, Wytches and Vampyres-CD came out via Cleopatra. Two Witches
toured heavily in Finland, same as in Germany, Holland, UK and Sweden.
The band played also in Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig.
Jyrki create an EBM/industrial side-project called SinMasters. This
band released their first two MCDs and a bit later a mini-album
Seducer.

2001:
The debut album Agony of the Undead Vampire pt. 2 re-released by
Actcom Music in Finland. The jubilee edition of the album included a
new lay-out and some bonuses. The band played in England, Germany and
Mexico, and some long tours all over Finland.
Heidi and Marko joined the band.

2002:
The new mcd May You Be In Heaven was released early 2002, included a
new studio track, a remix by Soil & Eclipse and two live tracks from
Mexico City.
The band was planning a new European Tour for April-May, but have to
cancel it just before the first concert because of losing the tourbus
and all equipments & personal belongings in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Early autumn TW toured in Germany and after the tour the band moved
from Finland to Berlin, Germany.
Jyrki was also guesting for NYX's debut album.

2003:
Some concerts in Germany, Belgium and UK. Marko and Jyrki guested for
Gintronic's debut MCD and recorded two albums of material with ex-
Rozz Williams' Christian Death/ Shadow Project keyboardist Paris under
the name Gravehill Paris Witch.

2004:
Jyrki's Darklands Records released Sacrifice EP, including some new
studio tracks and a remix by Dirk Scheuber (Project Pitchfork).
Concerts in Germany and UK.
Anke joined the band as a new bass-player.
Marko started his solo-project Chaos Research.

2005:
Saints & Sinners -doubleCD was released, same as the first Russian
editions; The Singles -compilation CD and a re-release of Eternal
Passion (with a new lay-out and some bonus tracks).
Two Witches played the first concert in Finland over three years,
headlining Lumous Gothic Festival in Tampere.
At the end of the year the band had a short tour in UK with Midnight
Configuration and Pro-Jekt.

2006:
The first concerts in Russia (St. Petersburg) and Lithuania (Vilnius).
Bites -CD was re-released (with a new lay-out and a bonus video) in
Russia via Shadowplay Records.
Anke left the band and Heidi, Jyrki & Marko continued as three-some.

2007:
Two Witches were celebrating 20 years career the whole year.
The first concert was in Dornbirn, Austria. Then the band continued
the tour playing nine concerts in Russia.
At spring TW were touring in UK with Pro-Jekt and DJ Zynthexia.
SinMasters released their second album Innocence.Lost and played their
first concerts.
The official 20 years jubilee concert took it's place in Klubi,
Tampere, Finland at September. The supporting acts were Jyrki's
another band SinMasters, Silene (incl. Nauku, Pave & Toby) and the
Russian label fellows Doppelganger.
Two Witches were also headlining NightSide Festival at Prague, Czech Rep.

2008:
Aleksi (Bloodpit) joined the crew as a new bass player and the band continued the jubilee tour. Also SinMasters toured in Estonia and Finland.

2009

Jyrki’s SinMasters was very active the whole year. SM played some concerts in Finland, Ireland and Latvia. The Russian edition of SinMasters’ second album saw the daylight at spring.
Also Two Witches played in Finland and headlined the Nightbreed Alldayer in London, UK. Some new tracks included to the compilations and the Mexican label Scarecrow Records released a new Two Witches’ double best of album called Inner Circle Outsiders.

2010:
Two Witches played mainly for the festivals; The-New-Old-Way in Dornbirn (Austria), Lumous Gothic Festival in Tampere (Finland) and NightSide4 in Prague (Czech Rep.). Jyrki started also another sideproject called Jyrki Witch & Zynthexia and toured in Russia and Czech Rep.
The new MCD called Crucified came out early summer.

2011:

Jyrki Witch & Zynthexia played in Barcelona, Spain and soon after that Zynthexia (SinMasters) joined also Two Witches as a new keyboard player and the band toured in Finland and Russia.
Two Witches played the first time in Costa Rica, headlining for Awake Gothic Festival.

2012:
Early spring Jyrki played a short surprise set with ex- Two Witches (and Advanced Art) fellows Jana and Vince.
A new record label, SIN.gles Club, released Two Witches 7" single (in two formats, white and black vinyl) and Jyrki's solo 10" vinyl minialbum.
The official Two Witches 25 years jubilee concert took the place as a part of Redemption Festival in Tampere.
Jyrki Witch & Zynthexia toured again in Spain, this time playing also some Two Witches songs.

2013:
The year was started with a minitour in Finland.