‘8-Bit Grunge’ psychonauts WTVR’s gnarly yet effervescently melodious ditties take a garage-rock aesthetic and plunge it screaming into the future, as barbed accordion, noise-rock flourishes, shredding guitar and insouciant attitude coalesce in gloriously bratty style.’
– Supernormal Festival 2015
WTVR formed in 2014 when three guys found themselves unemployed and living together in Brighton – Sam (guitar) Jack (drums) and Mike (Electric accordion) began experimenting with different sounds and soon started generating some of the most original sounding alternative music to date.
They began by recording long noise rock jams on a laptop. When they listened back to the recordings they found that the microphone distorted the sound quality in a way that they hadn’t expected. The sound of WTVR was beginning to glimpse the world for the first time. Through the use of distortion pedals, bitcrushers and octaves, The guys were able to manipulate the sound quality to produce the sound of WTVR as it is now: jarring digital explosions, rib cracking bass, unholy screams and shrieking guitar. This style was draped across their songs which are at once catchy and unsettling, something you could dance or sing along to, but not in the way you are used to.
Influences for WTVR come as wide and varied as Beirut, Lightning Bolt, Venetian Snares, The Breeders, System of a Down, The Kinks, Nirvana, Metz, Wretch 32, Slutever ad nauseum.
After playing to much appraisal and having peaked the interest of many people after only five live shows, WTVR continues to impress people in the alternative scene. At Supernormal festival, WTVR opened up on Sunday at midday. Expecting to play to only a few people, they found the crowds flocking from their tents to discover what the sound was. It was after this that the band were invited to play at Manchester’s famous ‘Islington Mill’, and to discuss the possibility of a recording residency.
After so much positive feedback, the band have taken it upon themselves to start touring and playing legitimately. After three months of intense rehearsals and the recording of a new EP, the band are ready to wow audiences and push PA systems to the limit for 2016.
‘Buy the ticket, take the ride’ – Hunter S. Thompson.