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The Walkmen

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Washington, D.C. (2000 – present)

The Walkmen are an American indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums)—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar). All but Bauer attended St. Albans in Washington, D.C.

They prefer the sound of vintage musical instruments, particularly the upright piano, and have often recorded at Marcata Recording, a recording studio built in Harlem in 1999 by the three former members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and later relocated to upstate New York.

Each of the members of The Walkmen grew up in and around the Washington, D.C. area, played in many of the same bands from early in their careers, and even attended the same Washington-area high school. The bandmates eventually moved to Harlem and became a part of the burgeoning New York City rock scene.

The band was formed in 2000 following the breakup of two separate bands: Jonathan Fire*Eater, whose members included Martin, Maroon and Barrick, and The Recoys, whose members included Leithauser and Bauer. The three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater, which had recorded for Dreamworks Records, had money left over from that past recording contract and used the remaining funds to construct a rehearsal space in uptown New York. The rehearsal space featured a 24-track recording studio and was dubbed Marcata Studios.

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  • BrokenSignals

    They seemed to have a much more unique sound with their early work. Their later stuff sounds very similar to each other to me.

    Yesterday 4:48pm Reply
  • Wrenaissance

    Sad that I missed out on these guys while they were together. Indie rock perfection.

    21 Jun 6:10am Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    come back (zinc)

    14 Jun 5:50pm Reply
  • hamburgertime0

    How I Met Your Mother :'( <3 [4]

    16 Mar 8:13pm Reply
  • WhoTylerDerden

    Nobody loves Loves perfection

    2 Feb 1:03pm Reply
  • TriptheLight

    best during winter season always brings back memories. still sound great 11 years later

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • yaniv297

    So glad I got to see them live while they lasted, and on a small club. And they finished with 'I Lost You'. What else can you ask??

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    One of those bands you thought would have gone on forever. Oh well.

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • andrey_ka

    крутые перцы )

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    best band for all bands

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • edde_o

    "Remember, REMEMBER, all we fight for!" --- Heaven's such an amazing song. :) Their others songs are great, but 'Heaven' will always be an amazing song to listen to. :D

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SweetSorceress

    How I Met Your Mother :'( <3 [3]

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • missingpage

    Thank you for this song. (2)

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • FrankyRey

    Awesome song for an awesome finale.

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • factorydiana

    How I Met Your Mother

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • PolaroidGuitar

    How I Met Your Mother :'( <3 [2]

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HerperDerper

    Thank you for this song.

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    How I Met Your Mother :'( <3

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Joetheking

    Heaven reminds me of lazy summer days skateboarding and beers stolen from parents. The sound of youth!

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    i'll always love that scene in Seven Psychopaths where sam rockwell's character shoots Angela (olga kurlyenko) then Angela Surf City plays. awesome. that's actually how I discovered them.

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
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