The Chelmsford-based band once known as Pretty Visitors have rebranded as two-piece outfit Walking Through Walls with their debut single 'Being A Boy'.
The track blends alt-pop with hyper pop and UK garage to create a unique and contemporary sound which is all their own. Following on from the praise of their previous releases, Louis O'Biren and Cameron Thomas have taken the group in a new direction ahead of their EP, channeling feelings of anxiety against an electro-pop night-time soundscape with production from Tom Donovan.
The band’s previous praise extends to plays on BBC Essex and BBC Radio 1 over last Summer, amassing over 20,000 Spotify streams on their debut EP. The band have played in numerous venues across Essex, as well as gigs lined up at Amersham Arms in London and John Peel Centre in Stowmarket.
We had a chat with them as part of our Introducing series...
Introduce yourselves and tell us a bit about you guys!
"We’re Walking Through Walls and we’re a duo based in Chelmsford, Essex, comprised of Louis O’brien (vocals) and Cameron Thomas (instrumentals)."
How did you meet and when did you start making music together?
"We first met in secondary school in our first band (Pretty Visitors) and started making music seriously together in 2018. There’s always been a strong creative relationship between us so when our previous band finished it only seemed like a natural progression to carry on together."
Is there a story or meaning behind the band name?
"We got our name from the title of a fake book that I had found online. It was made to look like a battered old book from the back of someone’s personal library but when I went to google it there was no such thing. The name just kind of stuck with me since that."
Where are you from and what’s your favourite thing about it? Do you feel as though your surroundings have inspired your sound in any way?
"We’re from Chelmsford, Essex and around there it’s “perfectly suburban”. the right mix of city to rural life for me personally! I think that landscape has informed our music a lot. We use a lot of sounds sampled from local train stations of fields we’re in."
Who are your biggest inspirations, musically?
"Our biggest inspirations range from The Streets to Brian Eno. A lot of the Genesis of our music is based in ambient music."
Who would be your dream artist or group to collaborate with?
"I think personally our dream collaboration would be with Eno producing us. I think that’s definitely one of our biggest dreams."
You’ve just released your debut single ‘Being A Boy’! How has the reaction been so far?
"The reaction to the single has been amazing and we’re really happy about how well received it’s been."
Tell us a little about it!
"Writing it had been a bit on and off - we had originally meant for it to of been a garage-y instrumental interlude for our EP and then we had tried adding an extra verse into it that had been made of lyrics that I had been writing for a different song with the same kind of subject matter and it just naturally felt like they were apart of the same thing."
What’s coming next for you guys?
"A new single - SOON! And shows in London and Chelmsford this summer."
'Being A Boy' is out now.
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