New Band of the Week: Giant Walker

Brand new British rockers Giant Walker have honed a heavy progressive rock sound that blends elements of grunge, nu-metal and alternative rock and metal, which they describe as “powerful, dark and nuanced.”

The quartet of Steff (vocals), Jamie (guitar), Jordan (bass) and Alex (drums) all hail from Newcastle Upon Tyne but formed down in the south of England, originally under the name of Xero.  Steff and Jamie have been playing music together since they were at school, then hooked up with Jordan and Alex whilst studying music at university in Guildford.

Our first taste of what the band has to offer is their debut single The Fact In Fiction, which was released on Friday (15 October). It opens with building reverby guitar noise before a filthily chunky riff kicks in and continues under Steff’s delicious vocals. Delicate, high-pitched vocals are supported by a lively riff, before another big bouncy riff kicks in throughout another engaging verse and chorus.

A second chorus gives way to a cool little guitar solo section, which is joined by laid-back vocals. Stabbing guitars drop into cool chunky low-tuned guitar chords under Steff’s engaging high-pitched vocals, which end on a big scream and feed into a final blast of the chorus.

Speaking before the release of The Fact In Fiction, they told us: “We’re super excited to release our first single!  We wrote The Fact in Fiction at the beginning of lockdown and recorded it back in February with Chris Coulter at Stakeout Studios. So it feels like a long time coming to finally get it out into the world.  In terms of what to expect from the debut track – maybe you’ll have to listen and find out!” You can do just that in the video here:

The Giant Walker sound has been influenced by the likes of rock and metal legends like Soundgarden, Deftones, Karnivool, Queens of the Stone Age, Big Wreck, Radiohead, Tool, The Contortionist, Black Peaks and Rage Against the Machine.

And on what inspires them to write music, the band tells us: “Alongside the inspiration from other music, writing every song is like a mini project – there’s a real buzz knowing that when it’s finished you have something that pin-points an exact moment in time and captures how you felt at that moment.  As a lot of our new material was written last year throughout the various lockdowns, our experience as self-employed musicians definitely heavily influenced the songs, as well as us trying to stay sane in the ever-changing landscape around that.”

There’s much more to come from Giant Walker, including a second single and some live shows before the end of the year ahead of more new music in 2022. In fact, their first gig as Giant Walker will be with another of our previous New Bands of the Week Black Orchid Empire at the Black Heart in Camden on 31 October. Tickets for that are here.

You can follow Giant Walker on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon and YouTube.

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