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- Posted on Dec 3rd 2010 12:00PM by DJ Lanphier
The Walkmen have been on the road a great deal the past several years, recently playing some rather interesting venues, including the Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon, Portugal. Naturally, the New York skyline is a welcome sight after being away for so long. Keyboardist Peter Bauer told Spinner that having a central base is important -- "Otherwise, you feel like a nomad or something." And, as one would expect, over the years, the city that never sleeps has been a great influence on their work. "We've been around [in New York] a long time." he explained. "When you're immersed in it for so long, you end up writing a different type of music." That fact is apparent on their most recently released album, 'Lisbon,' which made up a good chunk of the setlist at the evening's show. It's a fascinating pastiche of music from all over the world.
The '80s-style punk-pop of 'Woe Is Me' sits at the same table with the whimsical country-fair crooner 'While I Shovel the Snow.' The speedy adrenaline fun of 'Angela Surf City' saddles up to the galloping western serenade of 'Blue as Your Blood.' Throw in the Latin-flavored title track, and it's easy to see why the Walkmen defy being pegged into any one genre -- and they wouldn't have it any other way. "It's important to keep it fresh, to keep what you are fresh, to keep what you're playing fresh," Bauer said. "It helps a lot."
While long stretches on the road and traveling the world can become a seemingly endless loop at times, when it comes time to play, everything changes, thanks to the audience. "It's something you end up appreciating more now than when you were just a kid," Bauer said. "It's a good feeling."