Photo by Amy Price
Back in November, The Walkmen announced an “extreme hiatus”, leaving many to believe that it would be a very long time until we heard from the indie stalwarts, especially after bassist Peter Bauer ominously said, “It’s been almost 14 years now [with the band]. I think that’s enough, you know?” Just a few months later, however, and the band is reading its return — at least, for one night.
As Pitchfork points out, the the band is reuniting for the Rock On Foundation’s first “Alt-Star Party” during the NBA All-Star break. Hosted by the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner, who co-founded the organization with his brother Luke, the party will take place at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on February 15th, and also boasts a DJ set from Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, among “other surprises.”
Frontman Hamilton Leithauser, who is also prepping a solo LP, explained in a statement, “We thought it might take a lifetime to get us back together—til the Alt-Star Party gave us the nod. How could we stay on the bench? We’re coming 110%. Full-court press. Man to man. Rock n Roll, Pick n Roll.”
Re-watch footage from what was definitely not their final show: