The Walkmen played Bowery Ballroom & Fox News (video)
NY Press: How did you guys end up spending so much time on the bus?
The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser: I live in Manhattan, Pete and Walt live in Brooklyn, and Matt and Paul live in Philadelphia. We were doing the trip two days a week and they were coming up once or twice as well– sometimes neither camp wanted to make the trip. It was actually probably a good thing for writing, because it put a certain pressure on the times the five of us were together. Our practice space in Chelsea was an on-again-off-again illegal nightclub, so some Mondays we’d come in and the place would be absolutely disgusting–poorly cleaned up vomit on the stage and bottles everywhere. The toilets, which were on the second floor, leaked and dripped down through the ceiling, so occasionally it would hit you on the head. In Philadelphia, we rented a space from our friends for $75 a month…If it’s moderately cold outside, it’s 20 degrees colder inside, and vice versa if it’s hot.
The awkward Fox News segment aired yesterday morning (Aug 18, 2008) – the same day The Walkmen played their first of two shows at Bowery Ballroom in NYC in support of their new album that is streaming at AOL (thx Eric).