Within the past 5 or so years, the resurgence of blaring and bombastic pop-fuelled Rock within Brisbane has been a pivotal element towards the newly found embrace of our up and coming Australian artists.
With the help of Australia’s current golden boys Violent Soho paving the way for Brisbane artists to gain traction in the Australian music industry, WALKEN aim to expand on the loud/quiet + loud/louder dynamics laid down by the aforementioned luminaries and push the boundaries of what it means to have a defined sound, by any genre-hopping method necessary.
WALKEN was originally conceived as a project inspired by the writing restraints of a two piece band set-up, with the original line-up consisting of Matt Jamez Cochran (Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist) and Joe Daley (Drums), although this eventually shifted into the three piece line-up that is WALKEN today, comprised of Matt, Beej Vaughan (Drums) and Patrick Shipp (Guitar).
WALKEN hit the ground sprinting and effortlessly propelled themselves through the door of the Brisbane music scene in mid-2014. By quickly attracting a dedicated following and capitalising with a disciplined work ethic, WALKEN had already released a debut EP (Self-titled), 2x standalone follow-up singles (The Great Noise + For All The Dead Apes) and supported the Brissie juggernauts from Violent Soho within a mere 8 months of forming the band.
After the first year of releasing material, supporting numerous local acts, cementing a fan base and tireless rehearsing, the lads had established themselves in Brisbane as an up & coming live act that possessed a true sonic force and an energetic on-stage assault with each and every performance.
Throughout the following year, a slew of local support slots (The Peep Tempel, Clowns, The Hard-Ons, WAAX, etc.) ensued and eventually impelled the band onto their first ever festivals, alongside some astounding national + international acts – Dead Of Winter (w/ Tumbleweed, Totally Unicorn, The Go Set + many more) and I LOVE LIFE (w/ The Smith Street Band, AJJ [USA], Iron Chic [USA], The Sidekicks [USA] + more).
With a lucrative list of support slots trailing in the recent past, WALKEN began work on the next project – A 5 track EP with acclaimed Brisbane Producer, Bryce Moorhead (Hungry Ghost, WACO – Violent Soho) who was Engineering, Producing and Mixing at The Shed (Violent Soho, Screamfeeder, We All Want To, Flangipanis).
The first offering from the EP release arrived in October of last year via the debut single “Even If It Kills Me” – a thought provoking tune that holds the self-awareness of a Menzingers track, peppered with Get Up Kids worthy melodies and the Heavy Pop song stylings influenced straight from Brisbane itself.
With a new track released + an accompanying 11 date co-headline tour (alongside Wollongong band Kaleidoscope) to celebrate the occasion, the release had proven to be the next big step for the boys.
The single release had helped them gain their first ever play on national radio via Triple J, attaining ongoing community radio play throughout QLD, NSW and SA, an add to full rotation on Triple J Unearthed and online + printed coverage via numerous media outlets.
So after an exciting end to the year, the band was eager and ready to jump into 2016 – Aiming to finalise the remaining recordings and tackle the next single + full EP release in the year to come. Fortunately enough, WALKEN were luckily able to ease into the new year with energy and reassurance, thanks to exciting shows with US Punk legends Agent Orange and current Aussie Punk icons Luca Brasi throughout January.
The follow-up single “Eagle Eye”, was released in late February after the announcement of their second headline tour – The “Keepin’ It Flaccid” Tour w/ fellow Brisbane Indie Rock stalwarts Muddy Chanter, which saw both acts tackle the East Coast of Australia in their biggest run of shows yet. The new track, described as – “A sunny So-Cal meets Violent Soho meets "sh*t-I-cant-get-this-outa-my-head" combo.” – received a warm reception from fans, as well as favourable reviews and mentions throughout online Australian press outlets, Triple J, Triple M and various community radio stations.
Since wrapping up the tour with Muddy Chanter, WALKEN has steadily continued pursuing the never-ending musical quest by playing various shows alongside Tired Lion, The Hard Aches, The Love Junkies and Screamfeeder. Alongside this, the full 5 track EP was finalised with Bryce Moorhead in June and the guys even managed to line up a show with The Bennies, Clowns & Axe Girl at The Triffid in mid-July.
With a new full EP finally on the horizon in the very near future, a stockpile of high-scale support slots, an ever-growing abundance of raving of fans and industry-types alike, WALKEN aim to conquer whatever they can and however they can – And it seems like 2016 is the year they’ll do it.