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Filed under: Music — Thomas @ 22:28


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

Go buy their albums !


  1. Agreed. And ‘You & Me’ is a definate return to form after the unfortunate ‘Pussy Cats’.

    Comment by eoin — 2008-10-25 @ 23:27

  2. I’m seeing them in London next week, can’t wait. Pussycats shouldn’t really be judged too harshly it was more of a side project and a jape. I haven’t heard You & Me yet but I’m encouraged by your words.

    Comment by Jon Pritchard — 2008-10-26 @ 19:56

  3. Hardly “one of the coolest band names ever”… there have been at least two other bands called “The Walkmen” in my lifetime, so it’s not terribly imaginative.

    Comment by SW — 2008-10-29 @ 13:18

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