Fat Possum Records is pleased to release “We Can’t Be Beat,” the lead track from The Walkmen’s upcoming album Heaven, on May 29th. The record is the band’s sixth and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Band of Horses) in Seattle.
The Walkmen just celebrated their 10thanniversary and are still comprised of the same members that started the group in 2001 – drummer Matt Barrick, multi-instrumentalist Pete Bauer, singer Hamilton Leithauser, guitarist Paul Maroon and bassist Walter Martin. The Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.
To pre-order the record, click HERE.
When describing Heaven, Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery, after a decade together. “The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone. We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement.”
It’s been ten years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analogue tapes down to the cheapest CD burner they could find. Ten years since Leithauser snapped Maroon’s arm in a celebratory wrestling match. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted any part of. In the spring of 2011, the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received. In contrast, fellow graduates from New York’s celebrated rock revival class of ’02 have burned out or faded from view.
Heaven is a definitive statement of purpose and commitment, from a band at the peak of its powers that is finally winning the recognition it deserves.
The Walkmen Tour Dates:
5/11 – Main Street Arena – Charlottesville, VA
5/27 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA
6/27 – WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays – Louisville, KY
6/28 – Plush – St. Louis, MO
6/29 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/30 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
7/20 – Deer Lake Park – Burnaby, BC %
7/21 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA %
7/22 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR %
7/25 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO %
7/29 – The Lawn @ White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN
7/30 – Jacobs Pavilion – Cleveland, OH %
7/31 – Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI %
8/2 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON %
8/3 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QC
8/5 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
% – w/ Florence & The Machine