'Miles' To Go
New York rock act the Walkmen will release its third full-length, "A Hundred Miles Off," this week via Record Collection.New York rock act the Walkmen will release its third full-length, "A Hundred Miles Off," this week via Record Collection. The set is the follow-up to 2004's "Bows and Arrows," which debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 9 on the Top Independent Albums tally.
"Its much more solid than the last record," vocalist/guitarist Hamilton Leithauser says. "There are no dips, so it is very different in that regard. We've always been pretty heavy, and this seems a little lighter. I mean, it still sounds like the same band. But it has a lot less organ involved."
From start to finish, "A Hundred Miles Off" took about a year to materialize. "We tried writing from January of 2005 to July, and didn't come up with one thing. It was very frustrating," Leithauser admits. "But, in July we finally wrote our first song, and it just was a relief, once we got that down."
The opening track, "Louisiana" is described by Leithauser as "light and fun sounding. We added a trumpet line, and it has a very Dylan 'Basement Tapes'-era feel to it. But it's a nod, not a ripoff." "All Hands in The Cook" has a "sort of swingtime feel to it," according to the artist. "It is probably our best song we did, and you could say it sounds like a modern Leonard Cohen." "Danny's at the Wedding" is "straight up Walkmen-sounding. It's a rock song, but in a different way than 'The Rat,'" the opening track of "Bows and Arrows."