The Walkmen New Album, Tour Dates

The Walkmen will be releasing their fourth studio album, You and Me, due out this fall on Gigantic Music. To preview new material, the fellas will be touring in August in addition to playing Rifflandia and Bumbershoot Festivals.


The music that inspired the Walkmen to compose You and Me follows in a tradition of song writing that goes back to early rock ‘n’ roll: the intimacy and energy of Elvis Presley‘s and Buddy Holly‘s early recordings, and the massive voice and orchestration of Roy Orbison. And it carries on through people like Bob Marley and Randy Newman and on to bands like The Pogues and The Modern Lovers – the sort of songs that are very much a product of their time and place while firmly rooted in tradition. The vocals were performed live right in the room with the full band, and sometimes a horn section too.

With some romance and drama, You and Me harnesses a sense of classic live-band production into meticulously constructed, unique-sounding rock songs. The sound would definitely not be mistaken for old, but it would be impossible to ignore the most timeless influences. You and Me offers a distinctive twist to the”Walkmen” sound of their first three records. Each song shows focus, and an up-beat enthusiasm apparent in all lyrics, music, and performances. It is a long record, clocking in at just under an hour, and it presents a wide range of ideas. The pacing is very important, as the band felt it was essential to set the right tone, and show each song in its proper light.

Writing and recording of You and Me happened over a vibrant and rigorous 2-year period, during which the members of The Walkmen were split between Philadelphia and New York. The band rode Chinatown busses five days a week to work in two small rehearsal spaces (an old nightclub in Chelsea, New York and a warehouse in Fishtown, Philadelphia) to freeze by the kerosene heater in the winter, and sweat it out in the summer. By the time of the record’s pressing there were over four hundred cast-off 8-track tapes littering both spaces.

The effort was well worth it as You and Me is a solid and complex showcase of inspired songwriting. Romantic and celebratory, this is the sound of The Walkmen returning to classic form.

Tracklisting:
01. Dónde está la Playa
02. Flamingos (for Colbert)
03. On the Water
04. In the New Year
05. Seven Years of Holidays (for Stretch)
06. Postcards from Tiny Islands
07. Red Moon
08. Canadian Girl
09. Four Provinces
10. Long Time Ahead of Us
11. The Blue Route
12. New Country
13. I Lost You
14. If Only It Were True

Tour Dates:
8/18: Bowery Ballroom, New York
8/19: Bowery Ballroom, New York
8/21: Troubadour, Los Angeles
8/22: Troubadour, Los Angeles
8/27: Doug Fir, Portland
8/28: Richards on Richard, Vancouver (co-bill w/ Man Man)
8/29: Rifflandia Festival, Victoria (Black Mountain, Destroyer, etc.)
8/30: Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle

The Walkmen: website | myspace

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