The Walkmen discuss and play the title track from the new album “Heaven” for Pitchfork TV – check it out below:
The Walkmen – ‘Heaven’
June 4th on Bella Union
Bella Union is excited to announce that the celebrated New York quintet The Walkmen will release their new album, Heaven, on 4th June 2012. The record is the band’s seventh and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses) whilst Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.
“We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement…” When describing The Walkmen’s new album, lead singer Hamilton Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery after a decade together.
It’s been ten years since The Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted to be part of. This spring the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows in the US that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received.
The Walkmen are the great New York band of their generation, making the best music of their career and filling their largest venues yet. Their spot at the top of the bill at May’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, curated by The National, demonstrates the respect in which they are held by the current wave of bands making music in the city.
When renowned producer Phil Ek approached the guys last year asking if they’d like to make a record with him, they travelled to the studio he uses in the woods outside Seattle for the most intense recording sessions they had ever experienced. “There can be something brittle about our sound,” Maroon says. “He made it just a little bit warmer, a little bit stronger. When I play it in my car, it sounds strong, which I love.”
All five members of the band have kids now and if the impact of parenthood is hard to pin down in a single lyric, there is definitely a new openness and emotional honesty to the songs. Most importantly, the old gang mentality has deepened, becoming something worthwhile and lasting. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done. We’ve stayed friends and those friendships have grown,” says Bauer. “We have survival experience and real love that children generate in your life.”
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.
Watch the trailer below:
From Rolling Stone:
Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird stopped by the Rolling Stone studio to perform a few numbers from his latest album, Break It Yourself, accompanied only by his violin. After the set, Bird chatted about building a studio in an old barn and recording the new album as casually as possible.
This year August 31st, Bella Union’s day takeover at End of the Road festival, couldn’t come soon enough. It’s practically Christmas for us! We are excited to announce a raft of additional bands performing on our day:
The Acorn, Concrete Knives, Lawrence Arabia, Leif Vollebekk, Marques Toliver, My Sad Captains, Peggy Sue, Still Corners, Van Dyke Parks and Zun Zun Egui
These artists join the following previously confirmed acts:
Alessi’s Ark, Beach House, Cashier No. 9, Dirty Three, Hannah Cohen, I Break Horses, John Grant, Jonathan Wilson, Lanterns on the Lake, The Low Anthem, Midlake, Mountain Man, Our Broken Garden, Poor Moon, Roy Harper and Veronica Falls
Bella Union is curating all stages and all artists across the whole festival on Friday August 31st. Our bookings come in addition to End of the Road’s, who have booked bands such as Grandaddy and Grizzly Bear to perform sets during the rest of the weekend.
Full lineup and tickets here.
This Sunday, April 1st, I Break Horses will perform a headline show at London’s Scala. Support comes from Man Without Country, and tickets are available to buy from ATP here.
In 2011, we were thrilled to release I Break Horses’ debut album Hearts. The band had only played a handful of live dates, including a short December UK tour culminating in a sell out show at London’s Cargo. This Sunday’s show will be their first UK performance since that date and promises to be an awesome show indeed.
*VERY SPECIAL COMPETITION*
We are excited to offer a very special prize to a fan attending Sunday’s show. I Break Horses (amongst many other fantastic artists, including a bunch of Bella bands) will perform at Primavera Festival in Barcelona. We’d love you to have the chance to watch the band again at the festival, so we have a pair of tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is come to the merch table on Sunday and leave your name and contact details on the ‘Primavera’ list, and we’ll draw a name at random and alert the winner on the following Monday. Switswoo, what a great prize!
So, to enter, make sure you a) come to the show on Sunday and b) leave your name and email on the list at the merch stand.
Hope to see you there, and GOOD LUCK! May the force be with you etc etc