Lisbon, the fifth album by critically acclaimed band The Walkmen is due September 14. The band’s label debut for Fat Possum Records, Lisbon follows 2008’s You & Me, which landed on numerous year-end “best of” lists including NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Time Out NYC, and many others. You & Me received five stars from The Gaurdian who described the album as “intimate intense and beautiful,” while Pitchfork called it “the sound they’ve reached for since the beginning.”
Lisbon was recorded over a two year period in warehouses on Girard Ave, in Philadelphia, and on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. A few songs that helped establish the record’s tone were written during several inspiring and successful trips to Lisbon, Portugal.
The 11 songs on Lisbon were carved out of 29 songs that the band recorded over the course of ten months beginning in August 2009. You & Me engineer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Tokyo Police Club) worked with the and from August to February, then in March of 2010 the band traveled to sout Dallas to finish the album with producer John Congleston (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky).
Featuring the band’s signature vintage instrument-sound, Lisbon brings a raw, fiery rock ‘n’ roll spirit to the complexities of the You & Me songwriting. Lisbon will showcase “a bunch of fast rockers and big bashers, and a couple great oddballs” says front man Hamilton Leithauser.
The Walkmen broke through in 2002 with their debut album Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me is Gone. 2004’s Bows & Arrows featured indie rock anthem “The Rat” which Pitchfork recently named the #20 song of the decade. In 2006 the band recorded a song-by-song cover of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon’s 1974 classic Pussy Cats as a farewell to their Harlem studio space Marcata. The Walkmen grew up playing together in various bands since the fifth grade including New York’s Jonathan Fire*Eater and Boston’s The Recoys.
The Walkmen 2010 Tour Dates:
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/12 – New York, NY @ Governors Island #
08/25 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
08/27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
09/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl %
09/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl %
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW
10/28 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy *
10/30 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy *
10/31 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy *
11/02 – London, UK @ O2 Academy *
11/04 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City *
11/06 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy *
11/07 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy *
# = w/ Grizzly Bear
% = w/ The National
* = w/ The Black Keys