With their new album Heaven due for release 4th June, the band’s London Village Underground show sold-out the same day as it went on-sale last month, New York’s finest have just announced news of an Autumn tour that takes in major cities like Glasgow and Manchester before reaching London for a performance at the Forum on 1st November. Upcoming UK/Ireland live info below:
Tuesday 12 June – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Sunday 19 August – POWYS – Green Man Festival
Saturday 27 October – BIRMINGHAM – Institute
Sunday 28 October – GLASGOW – ABC
Monday 29 October – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Tuesday 30 October – MANCHESTER – Ritz
Thursday 1 November – LONDON – Forum
Click the link to check out new track “Heartbreaker” : Listen to “Heartbreaker” by The Walkmen
Heaven is The Walkmen’s sixth album and second since signing to Bella Union.The album was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses) whilst Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.
“We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement…” When describing The Walkmen’s new album, lead singer Hamilton Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery after a decade together. It’s been ten years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who
Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted to be part of. This spring the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows in the US that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received.
Their spot at the top of the bill at May’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, curated by The National, demonstrates the respect in which they are held by the current wave of bands making music in the city.
When renowned producer Phil Ek approached the guys last year asking if they’d like to make a record with him, they travelled to the studio he uses in the woods outside Seattle for the most intense recording sessions they had ever experienced. “There can be something brittle about our sound,” Maroon says. “He made it just a little bit warmer, a little bit stronger. When I play it in my car, it sounds strong, which I love.”
All five members of the band have kids now and if the impact of parenthood is hard to pin down in a single lyric, there is definitely a new openness and emotional honesty to the songs. Most importantly, the old gang mentality has deepened, becoming something worthwhile and lasting. “I’m very proud of what
we’ve done. We’ve stayed friends and those friendships have grown,” says Bauer. “We have survival experience and real love that children generate in your life.”
Album artwork and new photo below, click the link for a little taster of the album…The Walkmen “HEAVEN” album trailer