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The Walkmen 10/20/10 + Video

The Walkmen 10/20/10
Written by Jamie Adams
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  • Date Recorded: October 20, 2010
  • Artist / Band: The Walkmen
  • Hosting Show: Juxtaposition
  • Sound: Dominic Puleo
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

The Walkmen exemplify contrasts that work. The band innovates with vintage instruments, plays indie rock in prep school attire and sings of heartbreak and lament to beachy guitars and killer drum beats.

Six albums into their career with the release of Lisbon, the Walkmen -- Peter Bauer (bass/organ), Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar), Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass) and Matt Barrick (drums) -- continue to experiment with music while retaining the band's core sound. They are broadly classified as American indie rock, but who isn’t these days? More specifically, the group produces a surf rock sound that compliments their retro persona and works metaphorically within the music itself. Guitar riffs shimmer like sunlight on water. Musical surges swell like the ocean, while a barrage of cymbals could easily be the crashing of waves on the shore. The disparity between the rueful vocals and upbeat rhythms bring to mind the moments in life when the build up of optimism and hope collide with frustration.

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