The Walkmen Heaven on LP + Download Card
Heaven: What a way to mark an anniversary. The Walkmen
just celebrated its 10th year together and are still comprised of the same members that started the group in 2001: drummer Matt Barrick, multi-instrumentalist Pete Bauer, singer Hamilton Leithauser, guitarist Paul Maroon, and bassist Walter Martin. The Fleet Fox’s Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.
Heaven, Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery, after a decade together. “The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone. We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement." Adds Maroon, “When you’re starting out, you’re sitting there trying to come up with a big idea, but after a while, you learn about the process of writing. You learn about your friends in the band and how they work best.”
It's been ten years since the
Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analog tapes down to the cheapest CD burner they could find. Ten years since Leithauser snapped Maroon’s arm in a celebratory wrestling match. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted any part of. In the spring of 2011, the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received.
are the great New York band of their generation, and in Heaven, they have delivered their third killer album in a row. Although Leithauser argues that “our biggest accomplishment is just being here,” they are making the best music of their career and filling their largest venues yet. Heaven is a definitive statement of purpose and commitment, from a band at the peak of its powers that is finally winning the recognition it deserves.
The LP, produced by Phil Ek, includes a digital download card.
The Walkmen Heaven Track Listing:
1. We Can't Be Beat
2. Love is Luck
4. The Witch
5. Southern Heart
6. Line by Line
7. Song for Leigh
9. Jerry Jr.'s Tune
10. The Love You Love
12. No One Ever Sleeps