By Darlene Barss

Walrus released their debut LP on June 9, 2017 and it is getting a lot of positive reviews. Since hearing their tracks from their Goodbye Something EP, I have been looking forward to hearing more from this Halifax, Nova Scotia quartet. I was not disappointed. It is a fantastic album.

They definitely have a Beatlesque sound but comparisons to many other bands keep popping up in the reviews. Each track reminding people of a different band. Kraftwerk, The Turtles, The Kinks, Jefferson Airplane were all mentioned along with sounding like George Harrison in one track and John Lennon in another. They all seemed to be in agreement that Walrus were making their own unique music though.

“Walrus have surpassed their indie up-and-coming status to become one of the most talented and unique sounding bands in the Canadian music scene today.” (Adrian Lysenko – Off the Wall Reviews)

“The album shows a band that has distinctly cultivated its own sound, and look to progress further as time goes.” (Soundblab)

“Walrus are creating some of the most potent rock music in Canada today, and Family Hangover demonstrates that fact amply.” (Corey Henderson – Exclaim)

“Blending a lot of influence into something truly original these Canadians are doing for psych rock what The Sheepdogs did for stomping classic rock. ” (Northern Transmissions)

“Without a doubt, Family Hangover is probably the only type of hangover you’ll want to experience over and over again.” (James Alvarez – Get Some Magazine)

Sounds pretty good right? All I know is I enjoyed listening to the album and expect I will be listening to it a lot more. Still not convinced? Here is what Dan Mangan had to say on his Facebook page:

“Ok so this album seriously rips. It’s out today on this weird little side project Madic Records that I started with my buds at Arts & Crafts for EXACTLY the reason to put out gems like this. The response this album has been getting is just amazing. Incredible reviews, north and south of the border. I’m so proud of the Walrus boys. They haven’t stopped touring in 2 years, laying all the groundwork and gathering new supporters with every show. Thanks Wintersleep for being so amazing and bringing them all over the place. Thanks to the whole team pushing this LP and to all the folks picking it up and spreading the word. They have a big show coming up July 22nd at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. Get yo tix. These boys are about to rip it up.”

Go “rip it up” Walrus and enjoy the ride!

Now everybody go take a listen and decide for yourself. I don’t think you will be disappointed either.



What do you think? Did you enjoy it? I think Glam is my favourite track right now, what is yours?