November 30, 2013


The Walkmen Reveal "Pretty Extreme" Hiatus

Arno Frugier
Arno Frugier

NYC indie-rock outfit, The Walkmen, recently announced an indefinite hiatus after almost 14 years together.

Speaking candidly to The Washington Post, bassist and organist, Peter Bauer, explained that despite the fact that the five-piece group are not officially breaking up, they "have no future plans whatsoever."

Bauer described it as "a pretty extreme hiatus."

“We really just have no idea," he said.

"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."

While the Walkmen have not released new music as a unit since 2012's Heaven, the guys have announced various projects—both solo and as a band.

In August, The National announced that they were recruiting bands—including The Walkmen—for a Grateful Dead covers album.

And the same month, frontman, Hamilton Leithauser, announced that he was prepping a solo album, featuring the likes of Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes, for a spring 2014 release.

Bauer and Walter Martin (Martin also plays bass and organ in the band) have solo projects in the works as well.

Perhaps the apathy Bauer speaks of is death by solo efforts? This Bauer quote kinda solidifies that theory:

"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.”

Here's hoping they can reignite the spark after they're done flying solo. After all, 14 years is longer than most marriages.