Witching Hour launches an enchanting debut EP at The Leadbeater Hotel

Melbourne emopop-up and comer Witching Hour are launching their extraordinarily colorful and rockin ‘debut EP at Richmond’s Leadbeater Hotel in December.

When they introduced Witching Hour, they said, prepare to be spellbound. Well, we were pretty much captivated by the overall aesthetic, but Witching Hours brand of emopop has a rocking tempo supported by strong, versatile vocals and an engaging use of reverberation and noisy backing instruments.


Melbourne-based emopop artist Witching Hour (aka Claire Quartz) takes to the stage at The Leadbeater Hotel in Richmond on Thursday 2 December to finally launch her glittering debut EP, The book of shadows.

What you need to know

  • Witch class (aka Claire Quartz) is an emopo artist from Melbourne
  • She combines strong, versatile vocals with a backing band
  • She launches her debut EP, The book of shadows.

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Witching Hour’s debut release refuses to be bound by the genre, revealing Quartz’s various influences from powerful pop punk to dark and dreamy synth, with a heartfelt ballad that brings the EP to a long-lasting, emotional ending. The publication contains references to Quartz’s studies and passion for the occult, from tarot types and spells to the exploration of one’s light and shadow self.


Published at the end of July 2021, just as Melbourne went back in the lockdown, The book of shadows is a collection of formative, defining experiences, distilled in musical form. Witching Hour’s unique brand of mysterious emopop is a mesmerizing hybrid of alt-pop and pop-punk, with a cheeky touch of hardcore added for the sake of good order. She keeps you on your toes with a sensational sound that spans genres and makes you groove while making you feel enchanted and empowered.


Only member Claire Quartz and her band will play ‘Book Of Shadows’ in its entirety and transport you to a pastel wonderland; a liminal space where magic is in the air and not everything is as it seems. The event is presented as part of Turning Agency’s ‘Turning Thursdays’ series.

Come early to catch the luxurious tones of Sully, which will be enchanting you with a stripped back set, and then let yourself fall into the fascinating world of power-pop punk angels subcult.

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