Like their scene brethren (Death of Samantha, My Dad Is Dead, Prisonshake, and others), the Witch Hunters weren't just playing a classic-rock genre; they were playing with it, far removed from any relatable trend, but never far from the bar.
Two decades and five albums later, the band has never really broken up, and most of the original members remain.
"Everyone scattered, physically as well as mentally. But we still play once or twice a year," says drummer Dave Swanson. "We kept wanting to retire," adds Fallon, "but someone always asks us back."
Pittsburgh's Get Hip Records will release the Witch Hunters' 1986 debut on CD for the first time this winter, and in the meantime, the band will celebrate its longevity at the Beachland this Saturday.
"Atkins is a man of dates and facts," Swanson says. "He knew the exact date we played our first show and thought we should play our 20th on that date."
So can we expect any special guests or surprises?
"Nah," says Fallon. "Just business as usual; you know, drinking, mainly."