The Walkmen announced on Black Friday that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus. They played their last show in Philadelphia on December 4th. While three of the members have been working on solo albums, we were doomed to never see The Walkmen again.
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. 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.
A month later, The Walkmen have agreed to play an NBA All-Star Weekend party in New Orleans this February hilariously named “Alt-Star Party. This means that their extreme hiatus was almost shorter than Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kris Humphries (swish three point shot for the basketball reference).
We thought it might take a lifetime to get us back together–til the Alt-Star Party gave us the nod. How could we stay on the bench? We’re coming 110%. Full-court press. Man to man. Rock n Roll, Pick n Roll.
I’m just happy to see that my favorite band doesn’t completely hate me to the point they won’t get together for a basketball game one more time.