A comparison with the Walkmen's lauded 2002 debut finds a sophomore release that rocks harder. With newfound confidence and the feverish intensity of a Lower East Side express, the Walkmen hurtle heedlessly through a diverse palette -- from the majestic, slow burn shamble of "What's in It for Me?" to the thundering "The Rat." Manhattan is so obviously in the Walkmen's blood -- an undeniable spike in the group's vein along with the howl of pre-Unforgettable Fire U2 and the Velvet Underground -- that even Uncle Lou would have to smile.
Yes, Bows + Arrows is pretty damn good, distancing the Walkmen from the group's lackluster grease-stained, grit-stung garage rock revivalist origins as Jonathan Fire*Eater and delivering unique and energetic indie guitar rock. The group beats the sophomore slump, apparently hell-bent on adding something new, thankfully, to a musical vocabulary that has been explored pretty thoroughly.
The Walkmen perform at the Echo Lounge Mon., March 22. 8 p.m. $10.
Killin it. So damn sexy
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…