Premiere: Walter Martin “Me & McAlevey”

From Forthcoming Solo Album Reminisce Bar & Grill

Feb 09, 2018
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What makes Walter Martin's (co-writer, multi- instrumentalist of the Walkmen) songwriting so welcome is often his blunt observational humor. His penetrating new song "Me & McAlevey" from his forthcoming solo album Reminisce Bar & Grill isn't without Martin's keen wit but tugs more on the emotional strings. It opens beautifully in the way an old Walkmen ballad might. Under the Radar is happy to share the premiere of the second single from the new album.

"'Me & McAlevey' is about friendship" says Martin of the Song. "I’m in a period in my life where many of my old friends have moved away or fallen out of touch and 'Me & McAlevey' is about those adult friendships that find a way to last.  It’s my first joke-free song.”

Reminisce Bar & Grill is the fourth solo album Walter Martin has recorded since his band The Walkmen split in 2013. On this turn Martin shifts from the lighter material of past work, confronting realities of his stage of life with candor. Martin's bio describes, "With frankness and poignancy, Martin, now a 43-year-old married man with two young children, squarely tackles the subject of adulthood – specifically, his own. “I wanted this album to be an entertaining discussion of marriage, fatherhood, work, fear and weakness.” While Martin approaches these subject matters with candor and sincerity, he clearly also enjoys mining them for humor."

“I think this is my mid-life crisis album,” explains Martin “These days my friends and I all seem to be thinking the same dark thoughts – ‘What the hell am I doing? What the hell's going on? I’m lost. I’m running out of time and I’m doing everything wrong. And I’m probably dying.’ This is definitely an insane period,” Martin continues, “but most of the time I kind of love it.”



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