We like LA's indie rock act WALK. Like, really. So much that we had them play one of our new music showcase shows awhile back. They're a group we feel like you should keep an ear out for.
So when lead Timothy Jordan mentioned that they just released their new album Icebreaker, we asked him to write a few words about the origins of several songs on it.
Now here's Timothy:
When we first started playing shows, we'd usually open with Icebreaker to get our energy up, shake out our demons. It's really jarring live, and it's easy for us to put everything into it. We tried to capture that seem feeling in this recording, make it feel like you're really drowning in sound. The song is also kind of an anthem for introducing yourself, sharing the most important things right up front, acknowledging your idiosyncrasies. So we all agreed it should be the first track on our debut album.
I'm having a tough time thinking of something to say for this song. It was written so slowly that I can't remember any details... it's kind of just a chronicling of how I was feeling during the few months it took to come together in my head. I'm mentioning it though because it managed to come off sounding so effortless on the recording. Dan started out the session with some of the best drums I've ever heard him play, and they really carry the album. So we just took our time fleshing out that skeleton, experimenting with so many different sounds to make the songs unique until they finally moved us on a gut level. Chris' keyboard on this song is kind of what makes it though, so I really wanted to turn it into a character that came in and out of the scene, and said the most important things.
"I Am Not In Charge"
My parents were having some pointless argument one day, and I felt like I had to get out of the house, so I ended up walking 5 miles down this bike path, just totally charged up and thinking things out. I came home and banged this song out on the piano. I'd been listening a lot to Daniel Johnston at the time, so I tried just channeling him and letting go. It's kind of a lullaby to remind us to just take it easy.