At the beginning of the month, we mentioned the Walkmen’s forthcoming fourth collection You & Me. The press release name-dropped Elvis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Randy Newman, the Modern Lovers, and the Pogues. It’s hard to tell if this roll call’s fulfilled on the basis of one track, but Dylan should be kept in mind for enunciation purposes, and there’s a Strokesian swagger to the way some cadences roll of Hamilton’s tongue. Lyrically, “In The New Year” finds Leithauser at his old address, watching loved ones move some (sisters are married, etc). Adding to life’s everyday motion, he’s battling against the dense ragamuffin instrumentation of his band (clattering drums, woozy organ), which ups the urgency of his rasp.
The Walkmen – “In The New Year” (MP3)
The plan: Enunciate your hopes and resolutions, get home through the snow and therapy, before you drown in those cymbals.
You & Me is out this fall via Gigantic. August finds the guys playing shows:
08/18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08/19 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
08/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
08/27 Portland @ Doug Fir
08/28 Vancouver, Canada @ Richards on Richard (w/ Man Man)
08/29 Victoria (Rifflandia Festival)
08/30 Seattle, WA (Bumbershoot Festival)