Walrus is a heavy psychedelic/noise rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although I’ve been getting stuff in the mail bag about them and I’ve heard their name bandied around, I don’t know much about them other than that they have two guys named Keith and two guys named Justin. One of the Justins has a brother in the band called Jordan.
In June, the band released their debut album Family Hangover via Madic Records. That’s a tiny label with only two bands, but it got my attention because it’s an imprint of the Arts & Crafts label and it’s also operated by Dan Mangan.
The bit of press that I’ve seen and the emails that I’ve gotten reference a wide array of bands ranging from The Beach Boys to Black Sabbath. Today’s song actually has a tiny bit of a dream-pop feel to it. For the first minute or so, I’m reminded a bit of Ride.
This is that song:
“Later Days” by Walrus
Right around the 1:00 mark, there’s a big shift from shimmering guitars and wispy drums to loud, heavily affected guitars and thunderous drums. I love big shifts like that. Then, around 1:30, it shifts back and the dreamy, delay-laden vocals come in a little later. The end of the song features a muddy fade-out that I also kind of like. There’s no doubt, though, that my favorite bit is the loud, thundering, squawking bit from 1:00 to 1:30. Looking at the big picture, I’m reminded more of The Catherine Wheel, and that’s always a good thing. The rest of the record has some other reference points, but that’s what I’m getting from this song.
You can buy Family Hangover from Bandcamp here.
There’s also a fun video for the song which you can view here: