Walter TV members Pierce McGarry and Simon Ankenman guest on an episode of ‘Records in my Life’. The guys came in to discuss some of their favourites, including titles by, Thin Lizzy, Neil Young, and Aphex Twin. Walter TV’s latest album Blessed, is now out on Sinderlyn.
Having moved all around Canada and settling nowhere, Walter TV are contemporary nomads. They formed their band in the basements and cottage-like houses of a beach town outside Vancouver. Their true start was in a haunted house on 13 acres of brambles and swampland where the TV would turn on to static. The basement where most of their debut LP Appetite was formed would flood often and had a beetle infestation.
After Joe McMurray and Pierce McGarry moved to Montreal, they shared an apartment with a constant revolving cast of characters. In a space often overpopulated and reeking of cigarettes, they began recording Blessed. Simon Ankenman would come by periodically, and with him they would finish most of the recordings between there and LA. The band’s two members, Joe and Pierce, were also busy touring with Mac DeMarco, acting as his backing band. Mixing and recording turned into a thing to do on the road.
Although the group prefers tape recordings to digital, they have never been militant. Always trying to uphold their DIY sensibilities, Walter TV believes the music should speak for itself. It should come from wherever and whatever is available.