The Walkmen Bows + Arrows on LP
The Walkmen may have had their collective tongue somewhat in cheek when they called their first record Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone (2001) but the acclaim and attention it received was anything but insincere. The Washington DC-bred, New York-based quintet's emphatic, deeply textured rock was embraced by fans, radio and press alike as something fresh and unexpected, which is why their second album, the Dave Sardy-produced Bows + Arrows, was equally as well received and was one of 2004's most acclaimed releases. Featuring the popular singles "Little House of Savages" and "The Rat" which was listed at #20 on Pitchfork's 'Top 500 Songs of the 2000s' and #13 on NME's 'Top 100 Songs of the 2000s.'
"Not only does Bows + Arrows make good on the promise the band had hinted at, it also serves as the foundation for what was to come. The maturity seen on albums like You & Me and Heaven are found throughout their second record. Where other bands at the time were searching for a sound, The Walkmen managed to find their souls – with that sweet mix of pathos, pain, and cleverness. Leithauser‘s voice was unmatched in its classic touch, singing like a torch singer filtered through the indie rock prism. But, the secret weapon of the band was drummer Matt Barrick. His pounding assault, even in the gentler tunes, added an uneasy tension, threatening to break the band apart even as Leithauser kept them together with his words." - Travis Block, Unrecorded