Wollongong psychedelic rockers The Walking Who have crafted a reputation for penning tunes that make you want to close your eyes, nod your head, puff a joint, gulp an alcoholic beverage, have a slow dance and pash a babe to, but on their latest effort, the three-piece have put together an entirely different beast – airy, sparse, dreamy and shuffling, as opposed to their standard modus operandi of groovy, trippy stoner-rock.
‘With Roses’ is their first offering since the 2013 ‘Mansions’ EP. Eschewing the Tame Impala vibes of their Candy Flu album, the guys have tapped into something more serene and laidback, showing off an Unknown Mortal Orchestra feel on the single. The crooned vocals ache of beach roadtrips in the summer – you can almost see the surf film footage that this song will inevitably be set to. ‘With Roses’ shows off a totally different side to the band, pushing them forward as guys who can create something outside the little niche they are starting to carve for themselves in the psyche of the wider Australian music community.
The boys supported Dune Rats on the weekend, and if they can throw in the occasional curveball of a song to break up their groove-laden psych-rock, it won’t be their last decent support slot. Keep an eye out – “New EP coming soon,” The Walking Who promise.