Walt Disco: The Rebel Alliance

It’s already been a hell of a year for Glaswegian art rockers Walt Disco. The band have enjoyed a rapturous reception as tour support with OMD and released a new album, ‘The Warping’, combining the anthemic with the deeply personal 

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