In 2006, U.K.'s Warning released Watching from a Distance — a melodic doom album that caused a stir among underground circles. Despite the record's widespread influence on bands like Pallbearer, Warning called it quits in 2009 and founding guitarist/singer Patrick Walker went on to create music as 40 Watt Sun.
In the decade since the album's release, Warning's legend has grown considerably. In the past year, Warning have reunited for only a handful of appearances overseas. But U.S. audiences are in for a treat: the band has just announced a nine-show run through the States — during which they'll be playing Watching from a Distance in its entirety.
With the dates around the corner (see full list below), we asked Walker about his return to the stage with Warning and the legacy of Watching from a Distance.
Why Warning and why now?
PATRICK WALKER Well, it's my old band and apparently many people want to hear those songs live. I'd had some offers and requests come and go over the past years but it had to be an appropriate and convenient time; my priority the past three years was the last 40 Watt Sun album. I put my life into writing, recording and eventually releasing that record. I finally was able to put that behind me, and I figured this year I can take the time to put together a lineup and play these shows.
What do you think was so special about the Watching from a Distance LP that has resonated so strongly with fans?
I don't know. It seemed to resonate with a lot of people. I think the record was rather atypical and divergent. When I started the band in the mid-90s, I took my cue from John Brenner and Revelation which was this beautiful, introspective heavy music with a focus on songwriting. There were next to no bands playing like that and I guess that's still the case.
The Warning gigs have been in the works for some time now. What are you most excited about with respect to playing these songs on the road?
Really, I'm just looking forward to traveling with my friends and meeting fans that never had the opportunity to see the band.
What's next for Warning after these dates?
Nothing — this is it. It's just these concerts. It's now or never, folks.
WARNING on TOUR
10/15 Seattle Highline^
10/17 Portland Tonic Lounge^
10/18 San Francisco DNA Lounge^
10/20 Phoenix Club Red^#
10/22 Austin Barracuda#
10/26 Chicago Reggies#
10/28 New York Le Poisson Rouge#
10/29 Baltimore Days Of Darkness
10/31 Boston ONCE Ballroom