Glasgow based band Walt Disco are today the sharing the video for their new single “Cut Your Hair”.
Directed and filmed by Walt Disco themselves, the clip was filmed in isolation in the Glasgow flat they share. The tongue-in-cheek video features the band in a variety of settings in and around their home; featuring a synchronised dance in the back garden (the dance moves already a longstanding landmark moment in the band’s live se), guitar solos performed on top of a bed, and risqué leg shaves in the shower.
“Cut Your Hair” exemplifies everything Walt Disco are about. Lifted from the band’s debut EP due later this year, the track unites a cacophony of genres and sounds, blending elements of glam-rock, pop, new-wave and post-punk to create something very much of their own. Working with idiosyncratic producer Thomas McNeice of Gang of Four on the single, Walt Disco have realised their vision of an anthem for a new generation of misfits.
Led by their charismatic singer James Power, the 6 piece is completed by keys player Dave Morgan, bassist Finlay McCarthy, guitarists Lewis Carmichael and Charlie Lock, and drummer Jack Martin.
A band whose influences derive not from just music itself, but much more so from love, glamour and androgyny, Walt Disco’s music is a gateway to a space of lust, loss and everything in-between, with a strong message of inclusivity at its core.
Influenced just as much by 80’s New Wave acts such as Talking Heads and The Associates, as they are by the queer modern art-pop sensibilities of St Vincent, Charli XCX and even Ru Paul – Walt Disco’s firm grasp of both their historical and modern influences allow them to move forward as a band for the future.
Speaking on the release of the new single, singer James Power said: “’Cut Your Hair’ was written as a wee fun jibe at people passing judgement to those who are just being themselves. I think older generations can learn a lot from us YOUNG HARD AND HANDSOME folk. I mean our generation are the most tolerant and accepting, ever, and we should all aspire to live in a world where self expression and free speech is championed.”
“In terms of references when recording, we were listening to so much female, queer pop and dance music, we wanted the tempo and whole feel of the song to get people moving. Not only do we love this music but we also want to be a band for 2020 and the future, so we wanted to move away from the sounds of the new wave bands that inspired our formation and songwriting.”
Having gained notoriety for their drama-filled and unpredictable live shows, touring with the likes of Interpol, The Joy Formidable and Sports Team, Walt Disco have been widely praised over the past 12 months by i-D, Paste, NME, DIY Magazine, LOVE Magazine, Clash Magazine, and The Line Of Best Fit – as well as receiving key airplay from BBC Radio 1 and 6Music.
Walt Disco’s new single “Cut Your Hair” is out now. Walt Disco will release their debut EP, later this year (2020).
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