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The Walkmen is an American indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan FireEater—Paul Maroon guitar, piano, Walter Martin organ/bass, and Matt Barrick drums—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer bass/organ and Hamilton Leithauser vocals, guitar Bauer attended Maret School in Washington, DC, while the other band members attended St Albans, also in Washington

They prefer the sound of vintage musical instruments, particularly the upright piano, and have often recorded at Marcata Recording, a recording studio built in Harlem in 1999 by the three former members of Jonathan FireEater A house engineer later relocated the name to upstate New York

The band are currently on hiatus, with Leithauser, Bauer and Martin all pursuing solo careers, and Barrick joining Fleet Foxes in a touring and session capacity

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Early years
    • 12 Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
    • 13 Bows + Arrows
    • 14 A Hundred Miles Off and Pussy Cats
    • 15 You & Me
    • 16 Lisbon
    • 17 Heaven
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Studio albums
    • 22 EPs
    • 23 Singles
    • 24 Other recordings
    • 25 Songs in film
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

History

Early years

Each of the members of the Walkmen grew up in and around the Washington, DC area, played in many of the same bands from early in their careers, and even attended the same Washington-area high school, St Albans School Washington, DC The bandmates eventually moved to Harlem

The band was formed in 2000 following the breakup of two separate bands: Jonathan FireEater, whose members included Martin, Maroon and Barrick, and The Recoys, whose members included Leithauser and Bauer The three members from Jonathan FireEater, borrowed money from their family and friends to construct a rehearsal space in uptown New York The rehearsal space featured a 24-track recording studio and was dubbed Marcata Studios

The newly formed band, who wished to distance themselves from the garage rock sounds of previous bands, released a self-titled EP of songs in 2001 on Startime International, a small Brooklyn-based record label Shortly after the release of the EP, which featured a blend of upright pianos and other vintage instruments, the Walkmen made their official live debut with a performance at Joe's Pub in the East Village

Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone

The 2002 debut album Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, released by Startime, was well received by critics The album was noted for its innovative approach to atmosphere and instrumentation, with sparse bass and drums complemented by plinking piano, jangly guitars and Leithauser's unique vocal stylings Two of the songs on the album, "The Blizzard of '96" and "That's the Punchline," were adaptations of tracks meant for The Recoys' unreleased full-length album

Critics compared the results of the album to past work by U2 and The Cure as a result of the uniqueness of its sound as compared to other contemporary New York City bands such as The Strokes One of the album's songs, "We've Been Had," was featured in a commercial for a Saturn Ion automobile

Bows + Arrows

The band's follow-up album, Bows + Arrows, was released on the Record Collection label in 2004 and was listed by many critics as one of the year's best albums The album was recorded in 2003 at Marcata Recording in New York City, Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, MS, Easley-McCain Studios in Memphis, TN, and The Magic Shop in New York City The album spawned singles for the songs "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages" Critical success of the album led the band to perform on the popular Fox series The OC Bows + Arrows was noted for containing a more immediate and focused sound than its predecessor; both "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages" were seen as stark contrasts to much of the band's past outputs

A Hundred Miles Off and Pussy Cats

Their next album, A Hundred Miles Off, was released in the US on May 23, 2006 The band premiered most of the new songs on a tour of the Northeast in early 2006 The first single to be released was "Louisiana," which featured an upbeat chorus of horns Peter Bauer and Walter Martin traded musical instruments on the new album, with Bauer handling the organ duties and Martin playing bass The album found the band refocusing its sound toward folk sounds, unlike their previous two albums; though the change in direction was lauded by some critics, other reviews were often mixed

The band was forced to close Marcata Studios that same year after Columbia University purchased the building it resided in The band released another full-length album, "Pussy Cats" Starring the Walkmen, a track-by-track cover of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon's 1974 album Pussy Cats, as a farewell to their studio's Harlem location

You & Me

Their next studio album, You & Me, became available on July 29, 2008, as an exclusive charitable pre-release on indie music website Amie Street The Walkmen made the album available for $5 on Amie Street, with all proceeds donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center During its first week of sales, the album charted at No 29 on Billboard's Top Digital Albums The album was made available on physical formats on August 19, 2008 The album was recorded at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, MS, with John Agnello, and at Gigantic Studios in New York City with Chris Zane The album artwork featured photographs by Fred J Maroon, guitarist Paul Maroon's father

Lisbon

The Walkmen recorded 13 songs for their latest album in five days in August 2009 with John Congleton and Chris Zane They had been playing several of the songs since the summer of 2009 They recorded "something like 28 songs," but included only 11 on the album In support of the new album, the Walkmen performed at All Tomorrow Parties in May 2010, Lollapalooza in early August 2010, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals at the end of August 2010 Lisbon was released on September 14, 2010 on label Fat Possum records Initial reviews have been favorable, with Pitchfork Media awarding the album 86/10, and PopMatters rating it 7/10 The band embarked on a fall tour of North America and Europe to support their new release

Heaven

Pitchfork announced that Heaven would be out on June 4 Europe/UK and on June 5 US It was completed in early March, as mentioned by the band on their website on March 7, 2012 "Hi everyone Our album is finally done and we're thrilled with it We can't wait to get it out there"

They released the song entitled "Heaven" to the public through Pitchfork Media's website on April 16, 2012, sparking the website to give the title "Best New Track" on the same day

The Walkmen toured in early 2012 for their 10th anniversary of Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, and during that tour they played many new songs

They released their album, Heaven, on May 29, 2012 Pitchfork rated it 81, and Stereogum called it the second best album of the year American Songwriter says of the Walkmen that Heaven is "arguably their best, and certainly most accomplished album yet" Still in Rock gave the album a 78 rating and made a selection of the best tracks on the album

The music video for the album's tenth track, "The Love You Love", was shot at the infamous Baleroy Mansion in Philadelphia by the band who was looking for a haunted site

The song "Heaven" was also used as the closing song on the series finale of the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
BEL
FL
POR
SCO
UK
Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
  • Released: March 26, 2002
  • Labels: Startime International
Bows + Arrows
  • Released: February 3, 2004
  • Labels: Record Collection
65 62
A Hundred Miles Off
  • Released: May 23, 2006
  • Labels: Record Collection
163
"Pussy Cats" Starring the Walkmen
  • Released: October 24, 2006
  • Labels: Record Collection
You & Me
  • Released: August 19, 2008
  • Labels: Gigantic Music US, Fierce Panda UK
71
Lisbon
  • Released: September 14, 2010
  • Labels: Fat Possum US, Bella Union UK
27 94
Heaven
  • Released: May 29, 2012
  • Labels: Fat Possum US, Bella Union UK
30 176 28 70 82
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
Sales
SCO
UK
2004 "The Rat" 49 45 Bows + Arrows
"Little House of Savages" 88 72
2006 "Louisiana" 160 A Hundred Miles Off
2008 "The Blue Route"/"Canadian Girl" You & Me
2009 "In the New Year"
2010 "Weight On My Shoulders" / "Good Days Carry On" Limited Edition 7"
"Stranded" Lisbon
"Angela Surf City"
2012 "Heaven" Heaven
"The Love You Love"
"Dance With Your Partner" / "Vermeer '65" 25 Limited Edition 7"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Other recordings

  • "Radio" aka "Wake Up" on This Is Next Year: A Brooklyn-Based Compilation 2001
  • "Little House of Savages Live version" on Music from the OC: Mix 2 2004
  • "There Goes My Baby" on Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack 2005
  • "Lemon Hill" - Blog Released Track 2007

Songs in film

Year Song Appearance
2006 "The Rat" Mulberry Street Soundtrack
2007 "Red River" Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack
2008 "Brandy Alexander" In Bruges Soundtrack
2009 "Red Moon" Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 02 - Grilled
2011 "New Country" 50/50 Soundtrack
2012 "Stranded" and "Angela Surf City" Seven Psychopaths Soundtrack
2012 "Heartbreaker" Trouble with the Curve Soundtrack
2014 "Heaven" How I Met Your Mother Series Finale Season 9 Episode 24 - Last Forever

References

  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2006-12-05 Retrieved 2007-01-02 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Walkmen Biography on Yahoo! Music" Retrieved 2009-02-17 
  3. ^ "BBC Collective - The Walkmen Interview" Retrieved 2009-02-17 
  4. ^ Goodman, Lizzy 2017 Meet Me in the Bathroom New York: Dey Street/HarperCollins pp 539–540 
  5. ^ "Allmusic Biography-The Walkmen" Retrieved 2009-02-18 
  6. ^ a b c Dahlen, Chris April 8, 2002 "Pitchfork Media Review: Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone" Retrieved 2009-02-18 
  7. ^ Yu, Stephanie "NY's Walkmen rock in DC this Thursday" The Johns-Hopkins Newsletter Archived from the original on 2009-09-05 Retrieved 2009-02-18 
  8. ^ a b Carr, Eric "Pitchfork Media: Bows + Arrows Review" Archived from the original on 2007-07-24 Retrieved 2009-02-18 
  9. ^ "Bows + Arrows - The Walkmen | Similar | AllMusic" AllMusic Retrieved 2017-11-26 
  10. ^ a b LeMay, Matt "Pitchfork Media: A Hundred Miles Off Review" Archived from the original on 2009-01-26 Retrieved 2009-02-18 
  11. ^ Hiatt, Brian "Rolling Stone Review: A Hundred Miles Off" Retrieved 2009-02-18 
  12. ^ Jboh213 "Walkmen release You & Me for $5 exclusively on AmieStreetcom - Prefixmagcom" Prefixmagcom Retrieved 19 October 2017 
  13. ^ "Get The Walkmen Album Early, Help Charity On Amie Street" TechCrunch 2008-07-28 Retrieved 2008-08-08 
  14. ^ "Top Digital Albums" Billboard 2008-08-06 Retrieved 2008-08-08 
  15. ^ "You & Me" Rough Trade Retrieved 2017-11-26 
  16. ^ "The Walkmen - You & Me" Discogs Retrieved 2017-11-26 
  17. ^ "The Walkmen's Walter Martin: The Cream Interview" Blogsnashvillescenecom Archived from the original on 2 October 2009 Retrieved 19 October 2017 
  18. ^ Archived October 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "The Walkmen: Lisbon | Album Reviews" Pitchfork 2010-09-13 Retrieved 2012-04-29 
  20. ^ Amidon, David "The Walkmen: Lisbon < PopMatters" Popmatterscom Retrieved 2012-04-29 
  21. ^ Archived September 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "The Walkmen Announce New Album | News" Pitchfork 2012-03-29 Retrieved 2012-04-29 
  23. ^ Archived February 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ "The Walkmen: Heaven" American Songwriter Retrieved 12 August 2012 
  25. ^ "The Walkmen, best titles by Still in Rock" 
  26. ^ "The Walkmen Album & Song Chart History" Billboard billboardcom/ 
  27. ^ "The Walkmen Flanders" Ultratop Retrieved 2009-12-13 
  28. ^ "The Walkmen - Portugal" Portuguese Charts Retrieved 2009-12-13 
  29. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
    • Bows and Arrows: "2004-05-02 Top 100 Scottish Albums Archive" Official Charts Company officialchartscom/ 
    • Heaven: "2012-06-10 Top 100 Scottish Albums Archive" Official Charts Company officialchartscom/ 
  30. ^ "The Walkmen > UK Charts" Official Charts Company officialchartscom/ 
  31. ^ "The Walkmen - Daytrotter - The Creature Of Man And His Endless Figuring Over Cursive Lines" Daytrottercom Archived from the original on 27 March 2008 Retrieved 19 October 2017 
  32. ^ Moeller, Sean "Pipe Dreams Are Still Dreams To The Blind Modernists" Daytrottercom Archived from the original on 2009-02-24 Retrieved 2009-02-17 
  33. ^ "US Single Sales" Billboardbiz 
  34. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
    • The Rat: "2004 04 25 Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100" Official Charts Company officialchartscom/ 
    • Little House of Savages: "2004 07 04 Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100" Official Charts Company officialchartscom/ 
  35. ^ "UK Charts" officialchartscom Retrieved 2 June 2016 

External links

  • Official website
  • The Walkmen at AllMusic
  • The Walkmen collection at the Live Music Archive
  • The Walkmen's newest album, "You & Me" at Amie Street
  • The Walkmen on NPR Music
  • Interview with Hamilton Leithauser and Ashley Marie Sansotta with REAX Music Magazine
  • August 2008 Interview with LA Record
  • Interview with Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick, September 2010
  • October 2008 Interview with Drop-D


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