After unveiling an exciting change of pace with their single Regular Human Person earlier this year, Brisbane trio WALKEN are thrilled to share their new track Fever Dreams. The release sees the band lean further into their pop undertones, while maintaining their origins in punk rock, resulting in a dreamy and driving anthem.

Fever Dreams follows a fruitful last twelve months for the group, with a spot on the Brisbane leg of Good Things Festival, multiple support shows with The Bennies, a tour of North Queensland with The Smith Street Band, and their own headline Australian tour in support of Regular Human Person. Matt from the band tells Hi Fi Way more about the single.

How has the build up to your new single Fever Dreams been?
Yeah it’s actually been really awesome so far, asides from how serious of an issue COVID-19 has become. Our last release before 2020 was in December 2017, so we’d spent a little over two years working on a bunch of new material and a chunk of 2019 recording some new singles to release.

The past few months have been particularly special. We got to play Good Things Festival in Brisbane and multiple shows with The Bennies in December. We released our first single of this year (Regular Human Person) in January and did an 8 date Australian tour, which was super fun. Then in March we got to tour North Queensland with The Smith Street Band.

So it’s been a super exciting lead up to getting Fever Dreams out into the world. I’m really proud of this song too, so I’m keen to see what people think of it.

What was the process of making the track like?
With all of our songs, I usually demo a full song idea and show it to the guys. Then if everyone digs it, we jam it out and figure out what to change, add or take away.

This song specifically started with the synth melody that’s in the verses and I knew I wanted the vocals to follow that synth line. I then wrote the chord progression around the synth and eventually wrote the vocal melody while I was falling asleep one night. The majority of the song pretty much came together the next day when I went to demo my ideas.

As for the actual recording process, we tracked 3x singles with Keelan Sanders (Electric Zebra, We All Want To, Garage Sale) at Bedlam Records (the first single being Regular Human Person, the second being Fever Dreams and a third single which we will release later in the year). So we spent two days on drums and percussion, two days on bass and guitars and two days on vocals. Then I tracked all synths and drum machine parts from home.

Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I guess we fall somewhere between Alternative Rock, Pop-Punk, Pop Rock and Power-Pop. But we also have some newer songs that include elements of Emo and Math Rock, so it’s hard to say really. I usually just narrow it down to Alternative Rock.

Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Blink-182, WHY?, Smashing Pumpkins, Jamie T, Modern Baseball, Jeff Rosenstock, Sufjan Stevens, Crash Of Rhinos, Elliott Smith and Ween are all pretty huge influences for me.

Best piece of advice you have been given?
If you’re going to do something, do it right.

How did the band get together?
We all met each other through the gig scene in Brisbane. When I was 17 – 19, I played in a band called Minus Nine, we were just out of high school and mostly playing places like Rics Bar, The Brightside, Irish Murphy’s and The New Globe Theatre.

I met Beej after his band Junkyard Diamonds played a few shows with my band then we realised we lived like fifteen minutes from each other and started hanging out. I eventually met Pat one night at Rics Bar after he caught our set when we played a show with Junkyard Diamonds and eventually played with his old band Dead Wolves (both Dead Wolves and Junkyard Diamonds were awesome by the way).

When WALKEN was originally formed, it was myself working with a drummer named Joe Daley (who used to play in a band called Trash Queen and now plays in Trent Rezin). Eventually the band evolved into the line-up we have now of Beej, Pat & I and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.

What’s on your playlist at the moment?
Matt: The new album No Dream by Jeff Rosenstock, Dave The Band from Newcastle, Purple Mountains, The Lemon Twigs, Everything Sucks by Princess Nokia, Fontaines DC, Diagnosis by Alanis Morissette, Comethazine, Where Are You by Picastro, Ski Mask The Slump God, Oberhofer and Exist For Love by AURORA.

Can you tell us a fun fact about each member of the band?
Beej likes to roller skate and he recently got a really cool pair of all black 70’s style Impala roller skates for his birthday (Beej’s girlfriend nailed that gift choice). I can quote a vast majority of the 1998 movie BASEketball and I’ll also whoop your butt in Skate 3 or NBA 2K. Pat lost one of his eyes in a high risk gambling related incident. This may or may not be a fact, but it sure is fun!

Interview By Rob Lyon

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