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The Walkmen Announce Indefinite Hiatus

Band "Has No Future Plans"

Dec 02, 2013 The Walkmen
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With a single show left in support of their 2012 album Heaven, The Walkmen have announced plans to take a rather extended vacation from music for a while, at least with each other. In an interview with The Washington Post member Peter Bauer said that while the band isn’t breaking up, “We have no future plans whatsoever. I’d call it a pretty extreme hiatus.”

Elaborating on the uncertainty of the band’s future, Bauer went on to add: “We really just have no idea. I don’t think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won’t, maybe we’ll play shows. I think it’s weird to make a hubbub about something if there’s nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don’t think we’ve been a gang properly for a long time, so there’s not much to break up, I guess.”

According to Bauer, while everyone in the band still gets along, time and distance have played a part in changing how the group functions as a unit: “When we play shows it’s a really fun time seeing old friends. It’s not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It’s like going to Thanksgiving ... I think it’s cool that we’re all still pals and all. It’s nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.”

At the moment three members of the band are currently working on solo LPs, including frontman Hamilton Leithauser, whose recently announced album will feature contributions from members of the The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Vampire Weekend.



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