New Music Wednesday? Sounds good to us. Walt Disco are avoiding the Friday pile-up by dropping their seductive new EP ‘Young Hard And Handsome’ today, and what a lovely mid-week boost it is. Four tracks of unifying, drama-filled tunes that radiate with fun, camaraderie and the sparkliest of glitter, it showcases some of their best work to date. David Morgan and James Power talk us through their new release, track by track.
Hey Boy (You’re One Of Us)
We tried to mix Welsh choral music, glam and heavy metal with this track, and I think we did a good job if I’m honest! The cheering sample before the first chorus drops is from a fan video of a gig we played in Bristol at the start of year – we couldn’t stop watching the video back on Instagram after the show as it made us laugh so much, so we had to incorporate it into the song when we recorded the EP the following week!
Cut Your Hair
We wrote this song towards the end of 2018, and since then it’s been a joy to play live and finally realise into a recording. Much of the EP was recorded in Glasgow at Thomas McNeice’s studio, and he is responsible for making this already over-the-top guitar solo even more ridiculous. We also added some more guitars and metallic samples (including the huge SOPHIE sample at the start) at our own studio.
I’m What You Want
This is the most glam track on the EP; we were definitely referencing Iggy Pop and early Bowie when writing this. This track also features the second ridiculous guitar solo of the EP, alongside a poem James wrote which was translated into Korean, fed into a text-to-speech programme and then autotuned. Our friend Theo from WOOZE kindly transcribed this for the inside sleeve of our vinyl.
A big pop song to close out the record. This has secretly been our favourite song on the EP for a wee while now, sadly we only ever played it live once before the world turned upside down, so it feels great to finally be putting it out for everyone to hear! Sonically, ‘Gone’ by Charli XCX and Christine & the Queens was a big touchstone.
Taken from the October issue of Dork. Walt Disco’s EP’ Young Hard And Handsome’ is out 30th September.