Walter TV are contemporary nomads of Canadian basement origins. ‘Blessed’ was recorded and mixed between the bands shared apartment in Montreal, LA and on tour (whilst members Joe and Pierce were away touring with Mac DeMarco). It’s DIY surf metal, with punk sensibilities and an obvious soft spot for heavy metal shredding.
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This lot have toured with Mac DeMarco (God help them) and they play a kind of music which is described as ‘surf metal’ on the press release. I hear neither surf nor metal on here and instead a messy and disjointed take on the kind of American indie previously peddled by the likes of Modest Mouse.
Opener ‘Candles’ is all over the blinking shop with some seriously trebly guitars jutting out at rather obtuse angles. By the time ‘Neighbour’ rolls along its clear that these lot aren’t going to be playing no standard time signatures. As the track veers into an off kilter but infectious chorus the vocals rise up high sounding somewhat like a cross between the Built to Spill guy with Marc Bolan’s quiver. This is quite an exciting record in that they don’t appear to approach music from anything near a normal angle. It’s like their songs have been torn to bits and re-assembled by a class of 5 year olds armed with only a tubeful of Gloy gum.
I hear bits a pieces of everyone from Pavement to Mac DeMarco to Figurines to White Fence. It’s an absolute blast at times - the guitars on ‘Walters Kaya’ spew right in your face and you should hear how they’ve recorded the drums. Fantastic - I feel at least 4 years younger.
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