Thursday it finally happened – a concert I’ve been waiting for for a few years now. Finally, The Walkmen would be back in Belgium!
I missed them at my first opportunity because I didn’t know them and didn’t trust the bar owner that invited me to pick good music for me. How wrong I was.
Make no mistake, The Walkmen, besides having one of the coolest band names ever, are … intense … live. I’m surprised the singer didn’t have any veins pop out of his head. And I’m amazed that anybody is physically capable of squealing in tune for so long at a time.
I’m just like you
I never hear the bad news
The concert, though short, didn’t disappoint – playing my new favorites from their latest album, You and Me, as well as knocking me out with songs I’ve grown to love over the last few years. Thinking of a dream I had was especially everything I expected – that song is made for the stage, going from ecstatic/crazy to full-on melancholic (when that organ hits) and back again.
I think one of the reasons I like them so much is because I like guitars that sound like someone in the basement of the old school is rattling a wrench against the radiator bars. Think some Sonic Youth songs, some Placebo songs on their first album – and pretty much any track the Walkmen do. I just love that sound.
When I used to go out
I’d know everyone I saw
now I go out alone
if I go out at all