Since forming at the beginning of 2015, local two piece Waldorf and Cannon, aka Philip ‘Wally’ Wallace and Oisin Cannon, have been working away tirelessly and now they are on the verge of releasing their debut single with an album soon to follow.
‘Rise Up’ will be officially launched in Cool Discs music shop on Foyle Street this Saturday, (10th September) at 2pm before the guys make their way across town for a night time gig at the Grand Central Bar from 10.30pm.
Describing their debut track, Wally told us: “I suppose it’s about Big Brother watching you, but that’s pretty much the shape of the world at the moment. We didn’t intentionally want to write a protest song, but that’s just the way it has worked. ‘Rise Up’ just stuck in my head so we then dressed the lyrics around it and turned it into a protest song in the end.”
The guys have been completely hands-on with this release: “I recorded everything myself which was another reason why it took a so long to be released” Wally said. “I recorded it, mixed it, we’ve done everything ourselves, the whole package, right down to the design of the album.”
They did receive outside help however when it came producing the music video for the single. “That was made at Ebrington by my friend Jamie King who used to be in Fighting With Wire. Jamie got the room sorted right on the Square and shot and directed the video” said Wally.
Waldorf & Cannon 'RISE UP'
The forthcoming ten track debut album, title ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’ is due for release this November and Wally told us his inspiration for the title: “It’s taken from a song on the album with the same name. I thought the title itself was a good name for the album for a few reasons, Oisin’s not a bass player and I’m not usually a guitarist or a frontman or a singer. I’ve been playing drums for years so we’re doing things we don’t normally do. We’re slightly older now too, so that’s the take on it.”
Soon talk turned towards touring and the plans for the future. “I play drums for Exmagacian too and usually go touring with them” said Wally, “but there’s talk of a small Irish tour at the end of the year along with them and then next year we’re looking to get out there and do more stuff ourselves.
“We wanted to get everything right and take things slowly so that we were in total control of it all ourselves. We wanted to make a plan. Produce an album first so that we weren’t just pointlessly playing here, there and everywhere.
“Early this year we opened up for Frank Turner on the Irish leg of his world tour, so we did the Limelight in Belfast and the Academy in Dublin which went down an absolute storm and we had a great reaction from it.”
Waldorf and Cannon play Cool Discs on Saturday 10th September at 2pm, and The Grand Central Bar at 10.30pm the same day, both are free gigs. You can keep up-to-date with the band via Facebook, Twitter and also their website