the walkmen are already set to record a new album, the follow up to the barely one-year old lisbon. the band are hitting the studio in november, and are already field-testing this new, as-yet-untitled new song. i’m gonna call it “sing myself sick.”
The Walkmen have had a curious following to say the least. The raucously bittersweet New York band have flirted with mainstream indie success but always come up short to their contemporaries like The Strokes or even Arcade Fire, yet have remained your favorite bands’ favorite band – The Walkmen, with their shimmering Velvet Underground meets organic urban grit sound have always been the music aficionado’s kind of band; So underappreciated in its time that they actually seem to enjoy the bit of esoteric value they’ve acquired.
Thursday’s show at Houston’s formerly ramshackle turned posh and plush revamp venue Fitzgerald’s saw absolutely no lack of devotion from this very fan base, who flocked in droves to support the band on a tour cycle for their much heralded sixth album Lisbon.
lisbon track “while i shovel the snow” get’s a blizzard of a video treatment whilst the b-side, the laid-back “orange sunday” has a deep sea diving video to go along with the lisbon, portugal theme of the album (at least it’s title). both are available for download over on the walkmen’s official site. snag that up here.
rockfeedback, with their new view on music, had the walkmen stop by to perform a few songs from last year’s lisbon . hamilton bellows, the band rocks, and even throw in a cover of deerhunter’s “agoraphobia” from their highly acclaimed third album microcastle for good measure. nice one, dudes.
dave welcomed back the walkmen to the late show, and the band brought with them, lisbon album opener “juveniles,” as well as an impeccable sense of fashion. dave seemed more impress by the drums though. not the drummer. the set itself.
it’s back! and this time, with a holiday theme! proving once again that they are adept at revitalizing dusty old classics, the walkmen once more, swung by the av club studios’ “undercover series” to perform the holiday-themed “holiday road,” an immortal classic by fleetwood mac’s lindsey buckinham, but probably best remembered for those crazy griswolds in the national lampoon’s vacation movies. you can check out the performance at the link below.
apologies for the douchery that is the screen cap for the video.
the walkmen were up in the wee hours of the night to perform on last call with carson daly. the lisbon track “angela surf city” sounded especially powerful this evening with hamilton really belting it out and all the while looking dapper.
… and so it ends with the walkmen covering the final song on av club’s “undercover” series, and boy-howdy, do they turn fables of the reconstruction‘s “driver 8” into a full sounding walkmen song. it’s still got brooding, romantic sound of the walkmen with that sweet peter buck guitar line.
the walkmen are set to release their sixth full length lp next month and in preparation are debuting some new songs on pitchfork’s pov series where you the viewer … should know what to do by now. hit the link below to watch these gentlemen do what they do best.
the walkmen have a new album coming out next month and for its first televised performance they brought out the big drums for “angela surf city.” check the halfway point, when things get turned up to 11 … and by “things” i mean hamilton leithauser.
the walkmen swung by wnyc to perform some new songs from their upcoming album lisbon as well as play a few oldies like “the rat.” this is shaping up to be another great album in the vein of you and me. be excited.
stereogum’s got another new track from the walkman’s upcoming album lisbon. “blue as your blood” feels a bit like a horse moseying into town before hamilton leithhauser’s triumphantly bellowy voice and some powerful cymbal crawshes blow the chorus out of the water and into familiar romantic walkman territory.
the walkmen bring some new orleans style brass to their soulful new song “stranded” off their upcoming album lisbon, which is fine with us, as we here in the wwm camp have been watching a ton of hbo drama treme. npr is streaming the new track on “all songs considered.”