REWIND! The Walkmen – Metro Chicago – 2010

[REWIND! is a weekly feature where Hugh Voltage and Ray De Ation dig through the coverage archives. The original words and photos are published with modern commentary about what they think now.]
THIS WEEK: The Walkmen – Metro Chicago – 2010

HUGH: We’ve covered quite a few shows over the years that cannot accurately be described with the old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is not one of those shows. Each and every single image that Ray shot for this show conveys the larger than life emotion and personality that this band puts on display every time they play live.

RAY: The Walkmen was one of those bands that I loved to listen to but had no idea what to expect with their live set. They were one of the first bands that I fell in love with after seeing them live, because prior to that I had only known two or three songs.

ORIGINAL REVIEW FOLLOWS: The Walkmen – Metro Chicago – 2010
In stark contrast to the bombastic, slightly aloof Japandroids set, the entire performance from The Walkmen was deliberate. Whether it was the suits and collared shirts or the harmonies and melodies, The Walkmen mean business – on stage and off.

Judging by the crowd hanging on his every word, Hamilton Leithauser and his merry band of walkmen finally have a following commensurate with their commercially successful #27 record “Lisbon.” Sure, there have been a number of commercially successful bands that have never truly succeeded live – and vice versa – but The Walkmen are not one of those bands.

It might have taken some time for their sweet vindication, but The Walkmen are on the fast track to super stardom.

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