The Walkmen feature three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater and two from the Recoys. When Jonathan Fire*Eater disbanded in 1998, the group took the remainder of their Dreamworks funding and established an uptown rehearsal space in New York City that doubled as a 24-track recording studio where they use a wide variety of vintage equipment. The 900-square-foot Harlem industrial space, dubbed Marcata Studios, was completed in the fall of 1999. (Bands that have recorded at their studio include labelmates the French Kicks and experimental rockers Arto Lindsay and Nação Zumbi.) The Walkmen, some of whom had gigged in the city under the moniker Today Okay, formed in 2000 and consist of Fire Eaters Walter Martin (vocals, organ, etc.), Paul Maroon (guitars), and Matt Barrick (drums) and ex-Recoys Hamilton Leithauser (vocals) and Peter Bauer (bass). Like Jonathan Fire*Eater, the members of The Walkmen grew up together in the Washington, D.C., area and have played in the same bands since the fifth grade. Perhaps the only way the group could be any closer is if they were all related. (Martin and Leithauser are cousins, so the semi-merging of bands is also somewhat of a family reunion.)

Hamilton Leithauser Releases Video for "5AM" from his album 'Black Hours,'

Hamilton Leithauser Releases Video for “5AM”

Hamilton Leithauser has unveiled the music video for the track “5AM”, taken from his debut album Black Hours, which was released in June via Ribbon Music. Watch the video HERE. Directed by Tristan Patterson, whose debut feature “Dragon Slayer” won the title of Best Documentary at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, the video was filmed in Los Angeles. Having just wrapped some dates with Spoon and Broken Bells:

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Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) Tours this fall With The War On Drugs and Delta Spirit, starting October 2nd in Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Peter Matthew Bauer And The War On Drugs Tour

Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) Tours this fall With The War On Drugs and Delta Spirit, starting October 2nd in Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Peter Matthew Bauer’s ‘Liberation’ LP is now out on Mexican Summer records:

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Peter Bauer (The Walkmen) Announces Two Shows, Rough Trade NYC 03/06 and Philadelphia 03.08 at Milkboy. His upcoming "Liberation comes out this summer.

Peter Bauer (The Walkmen) Announces Shows

In the summer of 2014, Peter Matthew Bauer is releasing his first album Liberation! The record is a collection of mostly autobiographical songs on the topic of belief and its various incarnations and phenomena. It touches,

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Pete Bauer from The Walkmen recently commented on the current state of the band. “We have no future plans whatsoever,” keyboard player Pete Bauer said. I’d call it a pretty extreme hiatus…It’s been almost 14 years now. I think that’s enough, you know?”

The Walkmen Announce Long Term Hiatus

“I don’t think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record,” Bauer added. “Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won’t, maybe we’ll play shows. I think it’s weird to make a hubbub about something if there’s nothing to really make a hubbub about.

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