Lisbon, the fifth album by critically acclaimed band The Walkmen, is due September 14 with iTunes pre-orders beginning August 10. The albumâ€™s first single â€œAngela Surf Cityâ€ is currently available via iTunes. This summer and fall the band will embark on a nationwide tour in support of the record including newly announced stops in Montreal (October 8) and Chicago (October 13). See below for a complete list of dates.
The band will also be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 12, the same day they perform in New York City at Governors Island with Grizzly Bear. Additionally, they can be heard on WNYC FMâ€™s Soundcheck on August 10 at 2:30pm EDT; listen live at 2:30 p.m. EDT on FM 93.9 or by live stream at http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/.
Lisbon was recorded over a two-year period in warehouses on Girard Ave. in Philadelphia and on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. A few songs that helped establish the recordâ€™s tone were written during several inspiring and successful trips to Lisbon, Portugal. The 11 songs on Lisbon were carved out of 29 songs that the band recorded over the course of ten months beginning in August 2009. You & Me engineer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Tokyo Police Club) worked with the band from August to February, and then in March of 2010 the band traveled to south Dallas to finish the album with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky).
Featuring the bandâ€™s signature vintage instrument-sound, Lisbon brings a raw, fiery rock â€˜nâ€™ roll spirit to the complexities of the You & Me songwriting. Lisbon will showcase â€œa bunch of fast rockers and big bashers, and a couple great oddballsâ€ says front man Hamilton Leithauser.
The Walkmen broke through in 2002 with their debut album Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone. 2004â€™s Bows & Arrows featured indie rock anthem â€œThe Ratâ€ which Pitchfork recently named the #20 song of the decade. In 2006 the band recorded a song-by-song cover of Harry Nilsson and John Lennonâ€™s 1974 classic Pussy Cats as a farewell to their Harlem studio space Marcata. The Walkmen grew up playing together in various bands since the fifth grade including New Yorkâ€™s Jonathan Fire*Eater and Bostonâ€™s The Recoys.
August 12 Governors Island New York, NY*
September 8 The Showbox Seattle, WAâ€
September 9-10 Melkin Bowl Vancouver, BCâ€¡
September 11 WOW Hall Eugene, ORâ€
September 12 Music Fest NW Portland, ORâ€¡
September 14 The Fillmore San Francisco, CAÂ§
September 15 Music Box @ Fonda Los Angeles, CAÂ§
September 17 Clubhouse Phoenix, AZÂ§
September 18 Belly Up San Diego, CAÂ§
September 19 Neon Reverb Festival @ Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
October 7 Royale Boston, MA#
October 8 Cabaret Jouste Pour Rire Montreal, QC#
October 9 Opera House Toronto, ON#
October 10 Magic Stick Detroit, MI#
October 12 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN#
October 13 The Metro Chicago, ILÂ§
October 14 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WIÂ§
October 16 Waiting Room Omaha, NEÂ§
October 18 Fox Theatre Boulder, COÂ§
October 19 Bottleneck Lawrence, KSÂ§
October 20 Off Broadway St. Louis, MOÂ§
October 21 Zanzibar Louisville, KYÂ§
October 22 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PAÂ§
October 23 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PAÂ§
* supporting Grizzly Bear
â€ with Helio Sequence
â€¡ supporting The National
Â§ with Japandroids
# with AA Bondy
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