New Music Tuesday 22 - Walleater (Interview)
Posted by Alex Bohea on March 04, 2014
A weekly feature here at The Great Divide Blog is our New Music Tuesday; introducing you to an artist or band you may not have heard of. We can’t guarantee that you won’t have heard of them, but if that’s the case, it might give you a little reminder to revisit them sometime soon.
Following on from our last New Music Tuesday, where we gave you our exclusive download of Walleater’s Pavement cover (which you can hear HERE), we decided to interview the guys to find out a little more about the band. Check below for our interview with Rob, Lyndarn, Finney and Liam of the band.
TGD: Hey guys, can you tell us a little bit about how Walleater came to life?
Rob: It originally started out as just me and Lyndarn jamming out a few ideas I had for a couple of songs, we just worked on them together and ended up recording a couple of the tracks for our demo with our friend Ben in Manchester.
Lyndarn: And I suppose that demo got us the publicity we needed to finish the band off. I persuaded my friend from college, Alex, to join us for a few practice sessions and he fit into what we needed perfectly. Hence why he's with us now. Then we just needed a bassist to fill in the missing pieces.
TGD: You’ve been kind enough to give the world a chance to hear your cover of Pavement’s ‘Grounded’ which is up for exclusive download on our blog. Why did you decide to cover that particular song?
Rob: The reason we covered it is simply because we love Pavement. We hadn't put any more music out since early last year so we thought with the tapes selling out, we'd let everyone be able to hear it.
TGD: The cover comes from the ‘A Masking Aura’ EP. Can you give us a few details on the record?
Rob: We recorded all the drums in the studio with our friend Ben in Manchester then I took it away and recorded all the guitars and vocals at both his flat and my house. It was a long, drawn out process that lasted a few months just to get these 2 tracks!
TGD: The reaction to the record has been very positive. Did you expect this at all?
Rob: Not really, we just wanted to start a band and use the demo as a springboard to complete the band line up! It's really cool that people like the songs and we've been able to release it through 2 labels on tape!
It’s not easy to tell who your influences are from listening to the Walleater record. What kind of artists inspired you?
Rob: I think we all like a lot of different stuff but we have a lot of common ground as well, as long as it sounds noisy or pretty, we'll probably like it.
TGD: Can you talk us through a typical Walleater live show?
Lyndarn: I'd say moody, but moody in a good way. We try to capture the passion we put in to it. And it's pretty loud too.
Rob: We stand there and play our instruments.
TGD: What does the future hold for Walleater?
Rob: We're releasing our next EP on vinyl through Close To Home Records and we couldn't be happier. We'd expect that you'll be able to hear something from that in the next couple of weeks and it should be out around April time?
TGD: Are there any bands we should be checking out?
Rob: I'm loving Eagulls, Bloody Knees and Nai Harvest at the moment.
Lyndarn: There's a few so I'm just going to list them out quick: MINE, Fade, Headroom and The Sinking Feeling.
Finney: Joanna Gruesome!
Liam: Manuals and Nevermind Me.
TGD: Thanks for your time. Any final words?
Lyndarn: Big thanks to Chris and Joe from Cult Culture and Close to Home, the support from them has been great and they've helped us loads since our newborn state.
Rob: Stay tuned for more info on the new record!