By Kyle Guzman
Wicca Phase Springs Eternal (“Wicca Phase”), a founding member of influential emo rap collective GothBoiClique, has ventured out on three sold-out shows to preview his upcoming self-titled album, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, in three major U.S. cities: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn.
Wicca Phase Springs Eternal is slated for release on June 2, 2023 via Run For Cover Records.
On April 15, 2023, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal played a sold-out show at Mona Liza Studios in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to this run of shows, Wicca Phase expressed his vision for these shows to take place in lesser known, untraditional venues in each major city; and Mona Liza Studios certainly fit the bill. A furniture store in its past life, Mona Liza Studios is situated between two popular Brooklyn venues, Brooklyn Monarch and The Meadows; and has since been converted into an art studio that doubles as an intimate underground music venue.
I arrived at the venue at approximately 7:45pm. As I walked upstairs to the main floor, I encountered concertgoers roaming the venue dripping in Wicca Phase and GothBoiClique merch, some styled as if a 2008 Myspace chatroom full of scene kids was brought to life. As Wicca Phase took the stage, the iconic text to speech voice tag present in numerous Wicca Phase tracks delivered the iconic “GothBoiclique” over the monitors, signaling the beginning of Wicca Phase’s performance. He didn’t disappoint, opening his set with an unreleased track from his forthcoming album, “Who’s Watching Me”, before jumping into the lead single of the album “Moving Without Movement”. Fans were delighted to find that nearly two-thirds of his set consisted of new material, but he of course didn’t neglect fan-favorites like “Spider Web”. It was clear from the faces of people in the crowd that the evening was destined to be special, as many fans found themselves mere inches away from their favorite artist while he unveiled material from his new record. This moment, however, was short lived. Unfortunately, before Wicca Phase could finish his set, a concertgoer lost consciousness in the crowd and the venue was evacuated; with the show subsequently shut-down.
As I waited for an Uber outside the venue, Wicca Phase and his team were hauling out boxes full of merchandise to their van; and I overheard him tell a small crowd of fans “I will be back!”. Indeed, with the forthcoming release of his latest album, we should expect Wicca Phase Springs Eternal to be back in New York City very soon.