Esben and the Witch are a British three piece gothic rock band formed in Brighton 2008. consisting of of Rachel Davies (vocals, bass, percussion), Thomas Fisher (guitar, syhthesizer), and Daniel Copeman (guitar, electronics). Their name comes from the Danish fairytale, "Esben and the Witch".
After a self-released 33 EP in 2009 and a limited seven-inch single "Lucia, at the Precipice" in February 2010, the band signed with Matador Records. The band's debut single for the label, "Marching Song", was released in October 2010, followed by their debut album Violet Cries in January 2011. The band's second album, Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, was released in January 2013.