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Spotlight: Walt Disco

In this week’s Spotlight, our regular feature where we shine a light on new members of PRS For Music, we’re introducing you to Walt Disco.

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  • By Olly Wareham
  • 2 Feb 2021
  • min read

Since their inception in 2016, Walt Disco have been going from strength to strength, playing across the UK and developing a devoted fanbase in the process.

Recently chosen for the NME 100 Acts to Watch Out For, their sound incorporates the danceability of new wave acts like Talking Heads and the four-to-the-floor swagger of glam-rock.

Read on below to discover more.

Who?

Walt Disco

What?

A rising four-piece delivering fearless glam drenched stomps and new wave inspired originality.

From where?

Glasgow

What’s the story?

The band first met as students at Glasgow University and made their debut performance at a Battle of the Bands competition, winning with the three songs that they had written specifically for the event.

It’s fair to say that Walt Disco have come on significantly since their inaugural gig, having performed at prestigious, taste-making festivals across the UK and bagging support slots with acts such as Sports Team. Their sound, all the while, has been compared to the Postcard-era Scottish bands of the ‘80s such as Orange Juice, the New Romantics and Echo and the Bunnymen.

The theatricality and sense of drama that pervades much of their music, especially in their live performances, is what really sets Walt Disco apart. The stakes are high and, as listeners, we are never in doubt of the band’s commitment to their vision.

Their debut EP Young Hard and Handsome was released in 2020 via Lucky Number Music and a remixed edition of the record followed up in late January of this year.

Sounds Like?

Inspired by the iconography and musical leanings of various 80s acts, their take is fresh, immediate and exhilarating.

Predicted to?

Like for many bands on the rise, 2020 may have threatened to disrupt that ascendancy, but Walt Disco continue to feature in playlists and publications across the country. It’s hard to see what, if anything, could stop them now.

Must hear?

Their performance of Hey Boy (You’re One of Us) on BBC Introducing Scotland showcases the band’s knack for a killer hook and an anthemic chorus.