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The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...

"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "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."

"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "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," Bauer says. "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.

"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"

The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.

The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.

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Comments (21)

"It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment."

This only happened with the Monkees. And Gomez.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:27 PM

I've enjoyed nothing really since "The Rat" but I liked "The Rat" so much that this saddens me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Will miss them. Great live show and Heaven was a solid album

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

"extreme hiatus"

AKA we'll get back together for Coachella 2015 for the right price.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:31 PM

Disappointing they can't do one last in NYC

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:42 PM

Good, their last album was a complete and total disaster. Bows and Arrows through Libson was pretty awesome though.

So yeah, it was time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:51 PM

Agree with 1:42; disappointing to say the least!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 1:58 PM

Walkmen never got close to the greatness of You & Me. Wish they kept in that direction

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 2:07 PM

"total disaster"

please.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 2:22 PM

Scott walker Paul walker Walkmen

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 2:37 PM

Total disaster..how so? Did yo even listen to the album?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 2:39 PM

"Good, their last album was a complete and total disaster. Bows and Arrows through Libson was pretty awesome though.

So yeah, it was time."

Even if their last album was actually a disaster, you're saying they had FIVE good albums in a row and one misstep after that makes it "time" to break up?

This is just flawed logic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 2:41 PM

They'll do less successful solo records. Tour individually to smaller crowds. Then in a few years when the money gets tight a new record and tour will happen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 3:09 PM

Fuck these dudes. Boring entitled overrated assholes. Good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 3:21 PM

@3:21

Amen

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 4:54 PM

2:07 Yeah that was basically their pinnacle. But it's pretty awesome and a record I've listened to a billion times, which is more than most any band can say.

2:39, 2:41 I did listen to it and it's some of the most bland shit I've ever heard in my life, and this is coming from someone who's seen them three times and listened to nothing but You and Me for months. Everything about it is tame and safe. The whole "look at us we're grown up and wearing suits and look we have kids" schtick got old pretty quickly too. I knew when they started working with the Fleet Foxes producer it was all downhill from there, because those guys are bland shit too.

And I wouldn't say it was flawed logic. You can usually tell if a band was off but they still had it and could bounce back. But with the Walkmen you could completely tell that they were losing the plot from (I have to say it) a hundred miles off.

But look, they have nothing to be ashamed about. They had an awesome run of records that anyone should be proud of. They just got old and lost their energy. It happens. It doesn't have to be tragic or anything, you just move on.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 4:55 PM

4:55- its not a total disaster. You clearly didn't listen to the drums thats the best part.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 9:22 PM

Heaven - not their best. "The witch," "dreamboat," pretty good songs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 11:46 PM

4:56- These guys have always been wearing collared shirts and polos.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 12:00 AM

jonathan fire*eater reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 8:40 AM

Their last NYC show was an pretty epic free concert in McCarren Park at Northside Festival last year. If you missed. Your fault.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 4:09 PM

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