WALKER – “Actually, Being Lonely Isn’t All That Bad”

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Album Review
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I ordered this album from a mailorder called Rhetoric Records sometime around ’97 or ’98. I heard a song on a mixed tape and instantly liked them. For those not in the know, Walker hailed from the Midwest of the USA; Indiana to be more specific, and they played some of the catchiest pop / punk tunes I had ever heard. It was quite ingenius. Sure, pop / punk was the ‘in’ thing back then and pretty much the influx of bands doing it was over the top but these guys had something else. Something about their song writing just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. And today I played this record again and it still amazes me. 12 years on, I am still playing this record and loving every minute of it. That’s a good feat for a band who were very little known. In fact, I can’t even find a single youtube clip of them. Surely someone must have some live footage of these guys somewhere that us who never got to witness them since we were geographically challenged can experience something… anything?

There’s not a lot of information on this band which is kinda sad to know. This album was released on a small Chicago label called Harmless Records. They’re probably now defunct but I sure hope the rumoured remixed double CD anthology gets released and these tracks can be put to the world again and hopefully will not be overlooked a second time around. I also still have my classic Walker t-shirt that I still wear. It has a dude carrying an amp on his back and it says “Borrowing Equipment Since 1993.” Actually, I don’t wear it that much cos it’s an XL and I wear medium’s now. Need to take this thing in. Any sewing people out there? Anyway, wow, how time flies by. But yeah, Walker. They have a full discography lsted on the band’s Myspace page which if you are at all interested in seeing what you can find, you can check it all out there. This page also delves into what the band members are doing now.

The album itself has 12 tracks of melodic punk rock bliss that includes a cover of Petrograd which was originally performed by Cringer (Lance, R.I.P.), some really moving lyrics and some kick ass dual vocal harmonies and guitar licks. It’s sugar sweet stuff! If you like melodic pop / punk, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t dig this band. This album still rates highly as one of my faves. Stand out tracks can all be heard below. Why? Cos I’m nice and uploaded these tracks for your listening pleasure. Now, do yourself a favour and hunt this down. Look for it on eBay. Collect the singles too!

And Walker dudes, if you are reading this, thankyou so much for this record. At a time when I was getting bored with the whole pop / punk thing, you guys delivered a pearler. Heaps good!

  1. Ebob says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw these guys play in Chicago around ’95 or so (probably with the Bollweevils..). After glancing at their discography, I remembered I had the split 7″s with the Bollweevils and Back of Dave. I had forgotten all about the Bollweevils split (even though I was a big fan of them), but I had a reminder of the Back of Dave split a couple of years ago. ‘Soundcheck’ was one of the songs on the Walker side; I definately put that on more than one mix tape at the time. That 7″ came with a crappy little zine called ‘Polyvinyl Press”; the 7″ was Polyvinyl Records #1. Now that I think of it, I probably bought the whole package just for the Walker stuff, or maybe I got it from Back of Dave; I have no recollection at all of where I got it, but I do remember having the record and the zine. Anyway, imagine my surprise when 12 years later I stumbled across the web page for what is apparently one of the biggest emo/indie labels around – Polyvinyl records. Yet another record I should have held on to then so that I could sell it now!! Anyways, thanks for sharing the tunes. I think I might have had this album, too; the tunes are familiar.
    Rock on!

    • longgoneloser says:

      Thanks so much for your in sight and contribution. This record is a killer! Can’t believe you got to see them. You’re super lucky.

  2. Brad Carlson says:

    I know I’m a bit late, but I just ran across this and wanted to say thanks for all the kind words for a band and experience that still holds alot of meaning for me all these years later as well. And as to your question of any live videos, I only know of one off the top of my head is one that punkrockvideos.com has for sale from a Fireside Bowl show.

    • longgoneloser says:

      Thanks Brad. Appreciate it. Walker were an awesome power pop punk band that I listen to a lot. If you know anything about that Double CD, let us know 🙂

      • christophermcdougall says:

        This is a very, very late reply to a post made 5 years ago, but I just discovered that Walker is on Bandcamp and you can get pretty much all their music.


        I was first exposed to them by the track “Somplace, Someday” off of the I Can’t Believe it’s Not Water! compilation. One of my favorite songs. Took me forever to find any information on the band till now.

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