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Walter Etc.

Gloom Cruise

Lame-O Records / Lauren Records / Making New Enemies
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Walter Etc, formerly known as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, have been one of the embodiments of the West Coast DIY scene ever since their first release back in 2009, now the band are set to release their their first album, Gloom Cruise, under their new moniker. Gloom Cruise is set to be released on August 25th via the impressive trio of independent labels Lame-O Records, Lauren Records and Making New Enemies

Gloom Cruise is an album that is informed by the events that have preoccupied Dustin Hayes, aka Walter, since his original band came to an end, mainly a close friend’s drug addiction, and subsequent recovery, and Dustin’s own struggles with mental health. Gloom Cruise opens with a haunting introduction that gives way to sixties influenced piece of indie pop that brings to mind a laid back influence from The Libertines, this abruptly gives way to the heavier distorted strains of the album’s lead single, Stumptown Summer Heartthrob. Gloom Cruise is an album that continues to veer across styles, incorporating garage and sixties pop into an idiosyncratic blend, all the while maintaining an offbeat indie sensibility. 

There are mellow acoustic sections that sit amongst the indie stylings, and the occasional outbreak of distortion that makes Gloom Cruise is a downbeat yet strangely summery album, and it’s one that I feel will appeal to fans of the more leftfield side of the indie scene. Gloom Cruise is an album that represents both a continuation, and a step away from, the band’s previous recordings as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, but it’s one that will satisfy Walter Etc‘s loyal following that have been patiently waiting for this release.

Pre-orders for Gloom Cruise are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here and Lauren Records here

The limited edition cassette of Gloom Cruise is available via Making New Enemies here.

Walter Etc. Release Stream Of ‘Petunia You’re Home’

Walter etc GCWalter Etc. are now streaming their new single, Petunia You’re Home, the song is taken from Walter Etc.‘s new LP Gloom Cruise, that is set to be released on August 25th. Pre-orders for the record are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here, Lauren Records here and on cassette via Making New Enemies here.

You can stream Petunia You’re Home here

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Walter Etc. Release Stream Of ‘Stumptown Summer Heartthrob’

Walter etc GCWalter Etc, formerly known as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, have been one of the embodiments of west coast DIY since their first release in 2009, now the band are streaming their new single Stumptown Summer Hearrthrob, that is taken from the bands new LP, Gloom Cruise, which will be released on August 25th via Lame-O Records and Lauren Records. Pre-orders for Gloom Cruise are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here and Lauren Records here, and on cassette via Making New Enemies here.

Stumptown Summer Heartbreak can be streamed here

Blowout To Release Debut Album ‘No Beer No Dad’

Blowout NBNDBlowout will release their debut LP, No Beer, No Dad, on August 5th via Lauren Records and Making New Enemies. Blowout formed in early 2014 among the moldy furniture and piles of beer cans in their Portland, Oregon basement where they recorded their first EP We All Float Down Here. Influenced by the uncommon tunings and noodling guitars of 90s emo, Blowout members, Laken Wright, Nick Everett, Brennan Facchino and Travis King, began writing their LP No Beer, No Dad in early 2015. Their songs are a sad celebration of their shared experiences of busted couches, chipped teeth and breakups. 
 
You can stream the track Indiana and pre order No Beer No Dad here
 

Making New Enemies Release Group Picture Vol.5 Compilation

Making New Enemies Group Picture V5Portland music collective Making New Enemies have released the latest instalment of their Group Picture compilation series. Group Picture Volume 5 and features music from Slaughter Beach, Dog and Ali Muhareb. Limited physical copies on CD-R are available here and will come with a 40 page zine, and digital copies (and streams) of the compilation are available now from the Making New Enemies bandcamp.