above: Image by Claire Milbrath, courtesy of The Editorial Magazine.
Founded in Vancouver by Pierce McGarry, Joe McMurray, and Simon Ankenman in the early 2010s, the fledgling trio soon went on hiatus and while Ankenman went his separate way to “pursue an outdoors-inspired lifestyle,” McGarry and McMurray moved to Montreal and released the band’s first full-length album Appetite in 2012.
In Montreal, McGarry and McMurray joined the live band for friend Mac DeMarco along with HOMESHAKE’s Peter Sagar and have been touring as DeMarco’s rhythm section ever since. Now, Captured Tracks sister label Sinderlyn Records is reissuing a fully remastered edition of their cult breakthrough Appetite on August 26, 2014.
Walter TV’s Appetite showcases their knack for writing quick, catchy pop tunes with rocking, jumping bass lines and a decidedly lo-fi experimental vibe. Although their music is by no means ‘normal,’ Walter TV’s creations are rich with content and pop melodies. Their talent is exhibited by songs like “Master Ludi,” with its caroling, warped chorus, and “Lo Noise,” a punkish track ended by vocalist Pierce McGarry’s impassioned lyrics “I’m not listening!”