To celebrate the completion of their new album, The Walkmen released an “embarrassing recording of a spontaneous outburst of frustration that occurred during the very rigorous sessions.” That outburst was a medley of U2 covers, namely “Pride In the Name of Love”, “With or Without You”, & “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. “It’s our way of blowing off steam I guess. Please forgive us,” the band wrote on their Facebook page, where the surprise was released. “Producer Phil Ek recorded it on the sly actually.”
Listen to it here.
Apparently it was so spontaneous that the group never intended for it to see the light of day. “None of us really remembered it until the last day of mixing when Phil, who by that point had also lost his mind, sat down and patiently mixed it. Enjoy.”
Expect The Walkmen’s follow-up to 2010’s Lisbon to drop sometime late spring or early summer. Check out what the band had to say about producer Phil Ek here. “You do everything you can to sound different, but in the end you always sound like the band you are,” frontman Hamilton Leithauser said. “We’ve done a lot of rock in the past, and Phil has made the new stuff rock really hard.”
Here’s a video I took of one of their new songs, “Your Southern Soul”, when the band performed for free in Hoboken on 10/16: