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Walker Brigade Debuts with New Post-Punk Album “If Only”

By Margaret Adams

Los Angeles-based pop-punk band Walker Brigade has released their new album “If Only.” This is the band’s first album, following their single “Choker.”

Walker Brigade has been playing live shows together since 2014; the art-punk band is made up of guitarists Tracy Walker and Jeff Charreaux, drummer Craig Tyrka, and bassist Mark Fletcher. They have cited their influences as iconic punk artists like X-Ray Spex, The Soft Boys, and Mission of Burma.

The entire album features 20 tracks, including two covers: “Sand In My Joints” by Wire, and “I’m Tired,” as originally performed by Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles. As a whole, “If Only” sports a cool, alternative, and rebellious punk-rock sound similar to the likes of the Violent Femmes and The Soft Boys.

Songs like “Tower,” “Judy Holliday,” and “Fancy Boots” utilize crunchy guitar sounds and powerful vocals to illustrate the band’s cohesive grasp on the genre. “Disease” and “Choker” really emphasize the band’s love for the punk music of the late 70’s and early 80’s, with catchy choruses and features of the iconic cowbell.

Check out Walker Brigade’s new album “If Only,” available on your favorite streaming platform. Listen to songs from this album and other great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture on Spotify.

Margaret Adams, Contributing Writer at Alchemical Records

Margaret Adams

Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.

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