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The Walkmen & Almost Nothing

Vicar Street

Aug. 23, 2023

8 p.m.

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In November last year The Walkmen caused a stir with the announcement that they would be reuniting for the first time in a decade. The band initially announced they’d play a series of five shows at Manhattan’s Webster Hall, all of which sold out immediately, before announcing additional dates in Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington DC, performing across a number of nights in each city, followed by UK and European dates.
Today, in further exciting news, The Walkmen have announced their Dublin live return @ Vicar Street on August 23rd.
The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser wrote: “Back in 2013, an unnamed Walkmen band member (Peter Bauer) announced to the Washington Post that we were going on an 'extreme hiatus.' I assumed that meant there would be a lot of monster energy drinks and maybe that red-headed snowboarder guy would be hanging around a lot…but none of that actually happened. Instead, in the ensuing years, we’ve all worked on a ton of different projects in a ton of different places. Recently, someone sent us a clip of us playing at Irving Plaza from 2003, and it just looked very exciting. So, we’ve decided we’d like to play together again. See you soon.”
The Walkmen emerged at the turn of the century as major players in the New York City circle of post punk / new wave-inspired bands (including Interpol, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others). Setting The Walkmen apart from the outset was a heavy reliance on piano and organ, and a preference for atmospherics over garagey antics. The band already had two acclaimed albums under their belt when 2004’s Bows + Arrows broke big and made them music magazine cover stars. Subsequent work cemented their appeal and commercial success, cresting with rave reviews and Top 40 appearances for 2010’s Lisbon and 2012’s Heaven. “Awash with lyricism… Poignant tales set to rich, hauntingly romantic melodies” said MOJO magazine of Lisbon, while The Times stated that “Heaven is a career high that should see them billed alongside Fleet Foxes or The National... Their stately progression towards brilliance continues”. The Walkmen then went on hiatus, with three of the four members beginning solo careers.

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