Witchrider is a rock group formed in Graz/AUT in 2012 by Michael Hirschmugl (also known for being the former Bassist of Supercruel and a part of the electro duo Trauma), H.P. Leitner (former member of the Band Phi) and Daniel Dorninger (former singer of Supercruel and the second member of Trauma).
The band was originally called Desert Mountain (after "Desert Sessions" in California). However, they decided that "Witchrider" was a better fit to their musical style. The idea for the bandname was taken from sleep paralysis aka. riding the witch. Their first release "Black" was recorded just a few weeks after their formation in September 2012 and released on an EP together with 4 other songs.
"Black" also gained airplay on Radio Soundportal in summer 2013. Although Dorninger, Hirschmugl and Leitner recorded all the instruments on the EP, Bernhard Weigl supported them live as the bass player on their first live gig and has been part of the band ever since.
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