Track of the Day: WALKEN “Fever Dreams” (2020)

Brisbane trio WALKEN have returned with their blend of alt-rock, punk, and power pop. Latest single “Fever Dreams” boasts a seriously catchy synth hook, and harkens back mid-2000s pop-punk in all the right ways.

Consisting of Matt Cochran (vocals/guitar), Patrick Shipp (guitar/backing vocals) and Beej Vaughan (drums/backing vocals), WALKEN have steadily made a name for themselves up and down the east coast. Support slots with the likes of The Bennies, Luca Brasi, and WAAX, as well as festival appearances and their own tours, have made them something of a local staple. And with a debut album in the works, there’s certainly much more to come from the trio!

Of the track, frontman Matt says:

“I usually always write instruments first, but “Fever Dreams” was completely built around a hook – the main synth line in the verses.

“Eventually I stumbled across the right chords, and the rest of the song soon followed. I came up with the verse melody before falling asleep one night – that voice memo was saved in my phone as ‘Rivers Cuomo thing kinda’, because it reminded me of ‘Green Album’ era Weezer.

“Lyrically, ‘Fever Dreams’ stemmed from an ongoing casual relationship I had with a friend of mine. I personally had only been in one proper relationship, whereas she was a few years older than me and had a lot more experience in being open, communicative and romantic with people. So, it’s basically about falling for someone who is showing you the ropes of how to be romantically vulnerable and honest. It’s also wrapped in a lot of metaphors as well.”

Give “Fever Dreams” a spin below!

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Jodie Sloan

Living, writing, and reading in Brisbane/Meanjin. Likes spooky books, strong cocktails, and pro-wrestling.