THE WALKMEN go on “Pretty Extreme Hiatus”
After fourteen years together, The Walkmen are potentially walking away for good. Bassist and organist, Peter Bauer has told The Washington Post that the band has no plans to continue for the future, and that after fourteen years together - it feels like enough. Of course, in the day and age of the festival reunion, that doesn’t mean that they won’t be headlining Coachella in five years, but at this point it sounds like last years wonderful, “Heaven”, will be the band’s swan song - and that’s fine by me. The Walkmen have released pretty incredible material for the bulk of their career, but last year’s “Heaven” did manage to feel like an exclamation point for the band. As a fan that’s been seeing them perform since 2002 and having never seen them phone it in, I’m happy that they would be going their separate ways before things got stale. Of course, three of the band’s five members are currently prepping solo material, so there will be no shortage of material from the band. Of course, we’ll always have the older material in the event solo material is not your idea of a good time. In fact, I feel like it’s a good time to go ahead and break out my personal favorite track from the band, the title track of their second album, "Bows + Arrows" - a somber, powerful album closer that still sends chills up my spine whenever it graces my ears.
If this is the end, then goodbye to The Walkmen. If it’s just a long break, then I’ll be happy to see their return. Whatever the future holds, I’m glad that they were here when they were.