The Walkmen - Heaven

In February, our T. Cole Rachel spoke with the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser about their forthcoming, Phil Ek-produced record, which later got a name and a more official announcement. Behold:

STEREOGUM: I’m always fascinated by the role the producer plays with bands, how involved it is sometimes and how not involved it is sometimes. Historically, has it been beneficial for you guys to work with a producer?

HL: We’ve never really done it before. I’m trying to think of … I guess when we were doing some of the old songs — “The Rat” I think — and we were making these bad, bad recordings. We did it again and again and kept spending money on it. Then somebody suggested a producer and finally we did another one that sounded like shit and we were like “OK, let’s get someone else to do it.” And he came in and did a much better than we’d done. And then we sort of had the same thing at the end of Lisbon. We had just been doing these songs over and over again. We liked the songs but didn’t like the recordings we were turning in. So we went to Texas and did it with John Connell just blindly and he brought a lot of live sound that we hadn’t been doing. Those were the two times we’ve done it and it really did work out.

Now the first glimpse of Heaven has been posted, the title track. Have at it below.

Heaven is out 6/5 on Fat Possum.

Comments (14)
  1. Sounds like a slightly cleaner production, which I’m not quite sure is a good thing, but a pretty minor quibble overall. I like it. They didn’t play this at their last Chicago show. I tend to like their up-tempo stuff better, and most of the new stuff I’ve heard is a bit more subdued.

  2. i think my biggest pet peeve is when people complain about clean sounding production on rock songs. Nobody complaining that the new Major Lazer track “doesnt sound like shit”. Fuck offff this song is great.

  3. Without intending to invoke a rockist cliche, is anybody getting a U2 vibe from this?

  4. Early song of the year contender.

    • Couldn’t agree more! Isn’t this the song we’ve been waiting for from them!? Not to worry, they still won’t cross over with it, but man is it good. Album is gonna be an instant classic I think. And too clean!? The live version sounds great, yes this is polished but it doesn’t at all sound overproduced like the mega bands mentioned by haters in this post.

  5. Remember Spoon?

  6. Great first single, and it feels like a logical next step in the Walkmen’s catalog. True, Lisbon had some roughness to it, but songs like Woe is Me sort of predicted an airier, cleaner style.

  7. Groovy & Catchy. Walkmen Forever!

  8. Love that rollin guitar. Makes me want to take a road trip.

  9. joy division more like i think

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