The Walkmen Release Two Videos

posted July 13, 2012

The Walkmen Release Two Videos

Fat Possum Records is excited to release the new videos from The Walkmen for the tracks "The Love You Love" and "Heartbreaker," both off their latest album Heaven. "The Love You Love," directed by Sean Pecknold, is the seventh installment in the Urban Outfitters Music Video Series. The UO Music Video Series is an ongoing program to support and promote music video productions by independent recording artists and up-and-coming directors.  The video premiered alongside behind the scenes photos and an interview with the band. The "Heartbreaker" clip was directed by Alex Southern, who also directed the previously released video for the titular track off Heaven.

This summer, The Walkmen are heading out on a North American tour in support of Heaven. Following dates with Florence & The Machine in July, as well as appearances at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands, the tour takes the band from the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles on September 12th to Royale in Boston on October 19th.

NPR said that Heaven finds the band "[continuing] to refine and mature its increasingly stately, deliberately paced sound," while Pitchfork called the album "gloriously pretty." Stereogum praised the record listing it as the #2 'Album Of The Year So Far' and noting "Heaven is the elegant, understated, utterly gorgeous new album from the Walkmen, and it may well be their best."

Heaven is the band's sixth and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Band of Horses) in Seattle. The Walkmen just celebrated their 10th anniversary 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 Foxes' Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record. 

When describing 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."

It's been 10 years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analogue 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.  In contrast, fellow graduates from New York's celebrated rock revival class of '02 have burned out or faded from view.

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 Walkmen Tour Dates:

  • 7/20 - Deer Lake Park - Burnaby, BC %
  • 7/21 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA %
  • 7/22 - Edgefield - Troutdale, OR %
  • 7/25 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO %
  • 7/29 - The Lawn @ White River State Park - Indianapolis, IN
  • 7/30 - Jacobs Pavilion - Cleveland, OH %
  • 7/31 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI %
  • 8/2 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON %
  • 8/3 - Osheaga Festival - Montreal, QC
  • 8/5 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
  • 8/10-12 - Outside Lands - San Francisco, CA
  • 9/12 - Anson Ford Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
  • 9/14 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
  • 9/15 - The Conservatory - Santa Ana, CA
  • 9/16 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
  • 9/18 - University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK
  • 9/19 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
  • 9/20 - Stubbs - Austin, TX
  • 9/21 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
  • 9/22 - Tipitinas - New Orleans, LA
  • 9/26 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
  • 9/27 - Cannery - Nashville, TN
  • 9/28 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
  • 9/29 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
  • 9/30 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 10/04 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC #
  • 10/06 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA #
  • 10/18 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
  • 10/19 - Royale - Boston, MA

% - w/ Florence & The Machine
# - w/ The War on Drugs