Following their critically acclaimed debut album Unlearning in 2022, Glasgow’s first queer post punk sextet Walt Disco took the US by storm at this year’s SXSW, earning praise from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, Austin Chronicle, BrooklynVegan and more.
Along with summer appearances joining Primal Scream on their anniversary shows Screamadelica as well as supporting both Duran Duran and Simple Minds, the explosive act have just completed their first US tour and will release their new EP Always Sickening. November 25 on Lucky Number.
The band offer a second preview of the upcoming EP, with a brooding reimagining of Stephanie Mills’ 1980 R&B classic “Never Knew Love Like This Before” released today. The EP also includes covers from Aldous Harding, The Japanese House, The Associates and Dusty Springfield.
Singer Jocelyn Potter on ‘Never Knew Love This Before’: “I think this might be my favorite cover from our little EP, singing it was a delight and I think you can hear how much I we had so much fun studying and taking apart the music, it was absolutely fascinating and we were really impressed with his mastery. Turning the improvised vocal tracks into a choral part at the end was amazing and I love listening to what we We’re done with it. It’s an honor to sing one of the greatest love songs ever written, which perfectly encapsulates the all-consuming nature of loving someone with every inch of your being.”
Walt Disco on the EP: “We chose each song for its inherent charm and motherly quality. We see it in the confident proclamation of ‘Never Knew Love Like This Before’, the thankless devotion of ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, the shady commentary on the bourgeois in ‘Club Country’ by our heroes The Associates, the tenderness of ‘Saw You in a Dream’ and the bizarre universe of ‘The Barrel’ by Aldous Harding.
Each song has a strong sense of emotion and self, which we look for in our own music. We had a lot of fun working on these covers, both forming our own interpretations and recording them ourselves in our small studio.”
Unlearning is available now through Lucky Number and has been nominated for the AIM Award for Album of the Year and the SAY Award (Scottish Album of the Year). The breathtaking first is full of metamorphoses, a scenic spectacle in two acts. It covers adventures and romances, identities and bodies and change, deep family love and, of course, Hollywood glamour.
While the album’s themes are universally relatable, Walt Disco’s gift lies in the unique experience of discovery and grief between queer people. In Walt Disco’s eyes, it’s never too late to become what you could have been and there are many possibilities to explore on “Unlearning”.
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Photo: Celia Croft