New York and Philadelphia’s Paul Maroon, Walter Martin, Matt Barrick, Peter Bauer and Hamilton Leithauser bring the indie, garage and alternative rock sound with The Walkmen. The band has already released five studio albums, and as of 2010, is working in an upcoming record, although to support it, the band’s been touring the east coast and Europe.
The Walkmen was formed in 2000, while most members had already met at school in Washington D.C. The five piece had ever since wanted to play vintage music instead of garage rock, as previous projects, Jonathan Fire and The Recoys, were about that. The Walkmen preferred to use their sound as a time machine experimenting mostly with the piano tune, although added some of their own with their indie rock style.
Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone is the name of their debut album released in 2004, which became notable for the instrumentation instrumentation approach, and consideredone of the best albums of that year. Although the band sounded more classical in their first album, through the years they have switch their tune a little, and not only to add up instrumentation, but to assemble different genres that match up with their indie and post punk revival sound.
The Walkmen, who have managed to keep a vintage and experimental instrumentation, were part of KEXP’s live broadcasting at SXSW, where the five piece performed an amazing show filled with the classic sound of piano, the unique voice of Leithauser, with a mixture of drumming, bass and the rock streaming of the elctric guitar.