TUNE Walt Disco - My Pop Sensibilities
Walt Disco’s latest single “My Pop Sensibilities” is a true statement of intent from the young Glasgow quintet - the sound of a group determined to start as they mean to go on in 2019.
Speaking on the track, frontman James Potter says: “I had the idea to call a song ‘My Pop Sensibilities’ for a while. ‘Pop Sensibilities’ is a metaphor for that part of you that tells you to be normal and not to express and embrace your true self, be that feminine/masculine, eccentric or opinionated. This is highlighted for myself in relationships with people identifying as women, where I find myself feeling some need to be masculine even though that is not who I truly am.”
“The positive message to take away from the song is; if you wake one day feeling anxious or trapped, walk out the house wearing all your flamboyant finery and fuck that part of you which is telling you to be normal.”
“My Pop Sensibilities” was co-written with Haydn Park-Patterson from The Ninth Wave, at the studio they share with Walt Disco in Glasgow. Haydn helped turn Potter’s initial few ideas lyrically and musically into a fully-fledged song.
The band recorded this track during an intense two day session at Hermitage Works studio in East London. After a long day of tracking, James recorded the vocals intoxicated at 3am, which helped further convey the frantic and bipolar themes of the track. Produced by Chris McCrory of Catholic Action and assisted by Seth Evans of Sistertalk, the track was mixed by Thomas McNeice of legendary post-punk outfit Gang of Four.
Sonically, the track displays the vast array of influences which inform the unique sound Walt Disco have crafted. The verses have vocals reminiscent of Billy McKenzie’s (The Associates) new-romantic croon, which sits perfectly atop a classic Motown-style drum beat. The chorus then falls into a Nine Inch Nails-esque frenzy, with thrashing guitars, wailing keyboards and unrelenting drums before the track melts into a hysterical finale.