Last Night: The Walkmen At Fitzgerald's

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Photos by Jim Bricker
The Walkmen
Fitzgerald's
March 3, 2011

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"Play the rock, already!" yelled an impatient spectator toward the empty Fitzgerald's stage. Fans at Thursday's sold-out show (an understatement) were awaiting New York rockers The Walkmen - and impatiently so, evidently.

Touring in support of their sixth album, 2010's Lisbon, The Walkmen took the stage fashionably late and fashionable in general; they looked like well-groomed members of a prep-school elite who just happen to moonlight as gritty garage-rockers.

We spoke with Walkmen organist Walter Martin earlier this week about the resurgence of popularity Lisbon has seemed to bring the band. It's always tough for bands to follow-up on such a strong debut album; The Walkmen's impressive 2002 debut Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone quickly turned even the most critical indie heads.

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Pressures and expectations abounded, but The Walkmen still managed to pull off an equally successful sophomore album with 2004's Bows + Arrows, but they lost some of that newbie momentum in the mid-'00s; it was 2008's You & Me that restored some of the hype that, so far, Lisbon is only reinforcing.

The band took the stage eased and smiling, but was quickly zoned into music-making-mode as the brooding red backlight cast ominous tones on their otherwise dapper white button-downs and khaki suit-coats. Lisbon track "Blue As Your Blood" opened the set, frontman Hamilton Leithauser showcasing his familiar fixed microphone death-grip and hunched stance.

"Thank you for being here with us tonight," he said to the rowdy crowd, before swiftly delving into Lisbon's "Angela Surf City."

While the set drew most liberally from Lisbon, it spanned the band's decade-long history (with the exception of 2006's A Hundred Miles Off, which was noticeably absent from the set list).

You & Me was frequently visited with songs like "On the Water" and "Canadian Girl," during which Leithauser introduced each band member. They even revisited their 2001 self-titled EP with "Summer Stage," a song which best demonstrates Leithauser's vocal ability and distinctively frenetic style - he screams while somehow remaining in key.


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Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

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surf camp lisbon
surf camp lisbon

In today's world we all are so busy with our own personal and professional life that we get very little time to spend quality time with our friends. In order to revitalize ourselves once in a while it is very important that we take a vacation break and indulge in some fun activities. Planning a vacation with your closed one and visiting a place that offers Sun, Sand and Water can be quite exciting.

Matthdwi
Matthdwi

I thought I heard 'All Hands and the Cook' that night.

B@a
B@a

Everyone says "y'all." It's not a southern thing anymore.

The Chapperone
The Chapperone

Kind of a quick, short show. Felt as if they may be holding back for their weekend shows. I think this band is the type you appreciate more in person, as the lead singer can display his vocals in a way that doesn't come through on recorded songs.

Having never heard of the band before yesterday and only listening to a few songs on my computer to familiarize myself with them before the concert, I was pleasantly surprised by the live performance; but disappointed with the short set. Perhaps being quick between songs made it feel even more brief.

They definitely let their music do the talking, because besides the brief introduction, midway of the band memebers, there wasn't much crowd interaction. Could be just the Houston effort I have seen from bands before. It seems they always want to leave some in the tank for the (usually later) Austin/Dallas shows.

Eggs
Eggs

I wish my photos didn't look so terrible on here.

Mint
Mint

For a band that doesn't interact with their audience, they sure as hell pay alot of attention to their audience. Flawless show, although I wish the crowd would have been as incredible as the one at Walter's last time :(

LestorFreemon
LestorFreemon

Yeah, they did play all hands and the cook. I think the reviewer must have got confused as to what album that song was from

Matthdwi
Matthdwi

I enjoyed watching him do his best to ignore the drunk guy directly in front of him who looked like he was trying to suck the life force out of him with his magic hands.

Neph Basedow
Neph Basedow

Think you guys are right. Sub "Cook" for "Summer Stage." ;)

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