During the making of their 2004 sophomore album, Bows and Arrows, the Walkmen must have wondered if someone was conspiring against them. While cutting tracks at Memphis' Easley-McCain Recording, a storm killed electrical power at the studio for a week. When they got back to their native New York for mixing, again they experienced a studio power outage. The group persevered through these technical hiccups, however, much to the relief of their steadily growing cult following.
The Walkmen formed from the ashes of the Recoys and the much-admired Jonathan Fire*eater, and made an immediate splash with the 2002 debut Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone, earning comparisons to the soaring, anthemic grandeur of early U2 and the artsy modalities of Television. In truth, the group filters much of rock history through its post-punk prism, as reflected in its professed admiration for a wide range of artists, including the Kinks, Pavement, the Ink Spots (don't hear that one from your average post-millennial indie band, do you?), the Specials, Randy Newman, and the Clash.
| The Walkmen |
Sun, Sep 25
1818 N. Main
With appearances on The OC and The Late Show With David Letterman under their belt, these guys are well on their way to supplanting their namesake Sony product in the hearts and minds of America's music listeners. •