Spring Weekend Artist Profile: The Walkmen

Since debuting in 2000 in New York City, the indie rock band known as The Walkmen has always lived up to the hype. Even before they went to high school together at St. Albans in D.C., Ham, Paul, Walt, Pete and Matt were playing on vintage musical instruments. When their debut album came out in 2002, critics were overwhelmingly positive: the band’s “popular” style was somehow “rare, […] like U2 or the Cure,” according to Pitchfork. Five albums later, the compliments keep coming, despite the band’s move to sadder, darker songs. With their seventh album coming out June 4 and their first album hitting its 10-year anniversary, the group is touring Europe and North America this summer, with several dates in conjunction with Florence + The Machine.

Rest assured however: this is not another gloomy hipster band.

The Walkmen want to get you moving and cheering, and they do so effectively with bright, fast-paced tunes like “The Rat” or “Victory.” Despite the inevitable slow songs (“I’m Your Son”, “Red Moon”), the band’s take is resolutely upbeat, as bright rock drums and catchy (if not a little commercial) guitar riffs pervade all their albums. And while their placement between Cam’ron and The Glitch Mob is not ideal, the group’s popular style will have most of us on our feet, especially if they cover Bob Dylan or Bono again.


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