FLITTING from London’s Electric Ballroom to The Great Escape in Brighton to catwalks in Paris, 2019 has undoubtedly been Walt Disco’s year. Following the utterly brilliant ‘Strange to Know Nothing’ which arrived back in May, the Glasgow quintet have wasted little time in returning with their latest instalment ‘Past Tense’.
Much like its title suggests, ‘Past Tense’ is about endings and the feelings that derive from certain periods of your life coming to a close. James Potter’s flamboyant and dramatic vocals are immediately recognisable over a shimmer of synths and 80s nostalgia; and while the post-punk guitars and vibrant retro electronic tones are still very much present, it’s a track that carries more emotional weight than anything we’ve heard before from the group. With sombre undertones that make their way to the surface as the track plays out, it’s a gorgeously gloomy return from the fast-rising outfit.
The track has been accompanied by a cinematic music video which follows a young goth girl, Blaire, as she comes to terms with the death of her boyfriend. It serves as a tribute to the label and production studio IHC’s friend and actor/comedian Gian Molina, who stars as Blaire’s partner Drazen, while his real-life best friend Nina Tarr plays Blaire. T
Speaking of the video, the band say: “It’s very touching that IHEARTCOMIX found so much meaning in our song that they wanted to use it to soundtrack such a moving tribute to their friend. Although the song was not originally written about grief I think it’s beautiful that IHC found their own meaning in it. That’s one of my favourite things about music, it’s so personal.
“IHC have also been an amazing label to work with, we were very excited when they got in touch as we could see an astonishing business run by good, creative and committed people. We were instantly drawn to the unique platform they had created, particularly the ’80s comic book style which informs the IHC video universe, alongside the diverse and eclectic roster of artists previously on the label such as Ho99o9, Chela and JPEGMAFIA.”
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