WALTER TV at Parts and Labour, Wednesday, January 9. Rating: NNN
As the bass player in Mac DeMarco's backing band, Pierce McGarry seems like a pretty reserved dude. He cracks jokes when there's a lull between songs and chats with the frenzied dancers in the front row. For the most part though, all the shenanigans are left for DeMarco, who's much more inclined to crowd surf, get naked or make-out with his girlfriend on stage.
Knowing this, it was a bit strange, but totally welcoming, to see McGarry as the frontman of psych-pop band, Walter TV. The Montreal via Vancouver project features many of the usual suspects, just in a slightly different line-up - DeMarco plays bass while fellow backing band mate, Joe McMurray, drums.
During their 30-minute set, the band whipped through plenty of songs from the latest cassette, Appetite. The sound was a bit muddled, but since the plucky riffs are always fuzzy and McGarry's vocals usually sound like he's yelping underwater, it worked.
At one point a mosh pit formed, accidentally sucking in mild-mannered indie kids and than spitting them out. The skanking seemed odd, but since Walter TV is a weird mash-up of avant-garde pop, it also made perfect sense.