Taking as much influence from The League of Gentlemen and Terry Gilliam as from ‘60s psych and avant-garde pop, Leeds Walt’s Frozen Head are genuinely offering something different.
The first example of which is a heady and hypnotic slice of tripped out garage rock in the form of the eponymously titled ‘Walt’s Frozen Head’.
“It’s a song loosely based around my morbid fascination with the myth that Walt Disney requested that his head be frozen, to then be brought back to life in the future.” Enzo explains again. “Can you imagine my disappointment,” he continues “when I was informed of a film made by the staff of Disney World called ‘The Further Adventures Of Walt’s Frozen Head’?!”
Introducing Walt’s Frozen Head with Northern Revive
NR: Introduce yourself in less than 10 words
WFH: My name is alfie, i am self assured, confident, headstrong, sexually alluring and a liar (who can’t count)
NR: What made you want to get into music?
WFH: When I was 13 my English teacher played me the opening to the dark side of the moon. It scared me but I was drawn in like a dog to a butcher’s doorway. The rest isn’t history.
NR: What’s the writing process?
WFH: Inspiration strikes normally at the most inappropriate moments. Trying to not crash the car while humming a tune into my Dictaphone is a fairly common occurrence. The idea is developed to a level i can confidently present it to the band. Ideas often metamorphosis in the studio due to the pro-experimental approach to recording.
NR: How do you transfer onstage energy to studio?
WFH: Tuna/egg sandwiches
NR: What comes first lyrics or music?
WFH: Always the melody first
NR: How did you all meet?
WFH: All the members answered adverts which I’d placed (I wish that was a more interesting answer)
NR: What was the last track you played on spotify?
WFH: Sea Song by Robert Wayatt, I’m in weird place now by BC Camplight, Sex music by Beck, Cannon & Ball theme tune.
NR: What would be on your rider?
WFH: Tuna/egg sandwiches
NR: What other talents do you have?
WFH: Bad impersonations. My Windsor Davis sounds like Sean Connery and my Kim Woodburn sounds like Frankie Howard.
NR: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
WFH: Bring back top of the pops because i’m very worried about the future of Ken Bruce’s ‘pop master’. The current number one should be household knowledge (even if it’s shite). And ban all television singing competitions. The manipulation of peoples’ dreams is cruel.
NR: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
WFH: The producer I would love to collaborate with would be Dave Fridmann. Also Wayne Coyne seems to like collaborating so that would be cool. Ariel pink, Kate Bush, John Cooper Clark, Eric Idol… everyone really
NR: What’s the best advice you were ever given?
WFH: Never have a plan B because it will become plan A.
NR: If you could open for any act who would it be?
WFH: I think I’d like to open up for David Byrne. I saw his last tour and it was possibly the best show I’ve seen.
NR: What other bands do we need to be checking out now?
WFH: New(ish) act I think are amazing are Ariel Pink, BC Camplight, Edward Penfold, Pond Yard Act, Cate Le Bon, Beak, Sinead O’Brien to name but a few
NR: What’s in store for you when all this is over?
WFH: Probably a huge bun fight with hundreds of other acts fighting for slots at good venues up n down the country
NR: How are you coping with lockdown?
WFH: I miss the gigs but lockdown has given me lots of writing time so it’s not all been bad.
NR: What’s the scene like where you are from?
WFH: The leeds music scene is world class. Some weeks i can easily watch three gigs. We have some of the best venues in the country, the brudenell social club, belgrave music hall, headrow house, wharf chambers, leeds town hall, wardrobe and a beautiful old theatre called the city varieties plus the arena for the bigger names. All playing host to a wide range of amazing artists.
NR: Talk us through the new video and track
WFH: The song is eponymously titled walt’s frozen head and is loosely based around the myth that walt disney’s head was cryogenically frozen to be brought back to life in the future. It’s sonic insanity and has an equally bonkers video to accompany it, which was made by a fantastic artist called lady saliva. It’s not for the faint hearted.