Line Out: Music & Nightlife

RSS icon Comments on The Walkmen vs Estelle


I opted to see The Walkmen in BC a few nights before Bumbershoot with Man Man and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, and it was incredible. I don't think the Walkmen are suited for big ass festivals like this, much more of a band to see and appreciate in a darkened club when you've had some beers in you and can kick back and enjoy.

Posted by Tim | September 2, 2008 12:00 PM

"Whatever" and "studiously trad East Coast rock band" don't come close to describing The Walkmen. I agree that the show wasn't earth-shattering, but this is an amazing band with a truly unique sound and artistic proposition.

"The Rat" is really kind of just a radio-friendly one-off rocker that, while a decent song, isn't indicative of what this band does. Hamilton Leithauser is one the most subtle and nuanced storytellers in rock today. The Walkmen's shimmering-rock-waltz wall of sound is unlike anything out there today. Their sound is a sweeping, romantic soundscape that somehow has a kinship with beat-era jazz (though I might be getting that from their attire).

In any event, I think the writer of that post ought to get past the single, and really explore what this band is about before dismissing them as "Traditional".

Posted by Josh | September 2, 2008 3:49 PM

I thought Estelle did a great job, for a 3pm set. I was down near the front of the stage, and maybe that makes a big difference. She connected with the audience, and her backup singers/dancers looked like they were having so much fun. Having listened to her album (which is quite good, btw), I really like hearing the songs live, along with her motivations for writing the songs.

Posted by Emily | September 2, 2008 4:09 PM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 45 days old).