Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Walkmen at Mojo's 10/4/09

Prepsters The Walkmen will be playing Mojo's on October 4. Suit up in blazer and tie and slip into some penny loafers for an evening of educated rock a la Vampire Weekend. I've had a schoolgirl crush on this band since I first heard "Canadian Girl" on their latest release, You and I. The organ and piano alone are worth a ticket to this prom. Although the Walkmen have been playing together since 2000, their music sounds like it was recorded back in 1962 in a darkened dancehall littered with corsages and cigarette butts. As Hamilton Leithauser confesses in the YouTube video below, Roy Orbison is a huge influence on the band. Perhaps it's Orbison's strident yearning I hear in songs like "On the Water" or "Long Time Ahead of Us." I suspect, however, that the band's penchant for vintage pianos, organs, and horns creates its distinctive resurrected sound: these are tracks unearthed from a jukebox in an abandoned Route 66 stop-over.

The Walkmen are true gentlemen in every sense of the word. I love these guys because they pre-released You and I last summer on the indie music site Amie Street for $5, with all proceeds going to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. They have heart! They have class! They play vintage instruments! Please give this band the old college try and cheer them on at Mojo's next month.

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