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As of this week, The Walkmen are officially on a “pretty extreme hiatus” according to the band’s interview with The Washington Post last week. The Walkmen have been active for fourteen years and have released seven well received studio albums, yet bassist/organist Peter Bauer revealed that none of the band members “wanted to make another Walkmen record.” The band played the Philadelphia Union Transfer on Wednesday night, which very well could be the band’s last performance… ever.
The show in Philadelphia show was the band’s last official commitment, and Bauer told The Washington Post, “We have no future plans whatsoever.” Throughout the interview the band stressed the fact that this is not the archetypal band break-up, but instead an amiable and extreme hiatus. The band members, which include Paul Maroon, Walter Martin, Peter Bauer, Matt Barrick, and Hamilton Leithauser, have been friends since they were teenagers. After nearly 14 years of collaboration, all members agree that it is time to give The Walkmen a rest and see where they can go as individual artists.
Walter Martin and Peter Bauer, who both play organ and bass, are both currently working on solo projects. Bauer’s new album, entitled Liberation!, allows him to sing and write lyrics–two things he never experienced with The Walkmen. Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser has also been working on a solo album which is due for release in the spring. The album features other members of the band, showing Walkmen fans that future collaborations between the band members is not completely out of the cards.