Walter TV is Canada’s self-proclaimed “best dance group” they tell their fans in order to get a few laughs while rocking out with their innovative surf-rock sound. The trio, Pierce McGarry (vocals/guitar), Joe McMurray (bass) and Simon Ankenman (drums) struck a chord with the L.A. crowd at The Bootleg Theater with rambunctious fun and entertain stage antics. Their music explores distorted melodies echoing on the wavy haze of Mac Demarco or early Flaming Lips. Mac Demarco was also part of Walter TV at one point. Frontman McGarry jokes during his banter making his crowds feeling at ease during their acid trip on any given smoke-filled stage.
They began with the surf-reggae blended track “Graceland” and the awkward mix of drowning melodies that melted with the room. The jokesters had the crowd in stitches at their expense. “I see a lot of millennials in the crowd,” McGarry commented. “The most famous quote from Minecraft, ‘Get the fuck out of my room, mom!’ It wasn’t clear if the crowd’s uneasy reaction towards the Minecraft players in the room said it all. They coerced drummer Ankenman to sing the intro to Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” The band joined and took this classic track into an inert state of being. Their cover of The Stone Roses’ “I Want To Be Adored” became an instant classic on this night. Their recent release, Carpe Diem, is out now with a tour hitting the east coast and in London and Rotterdam this December. Be on the lookout.