Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, the collaborative project between The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, made their introduction to the world with “1000 Times”. The track’s new video depicts the two musicians at various ages, with their real-life fathers portraying them in their later years. (And yes, that’s Batmanglij’s dad with the ridiculous facial hair, because of course.)
“When I heard the idea for this video, I knew my dad would pull it off,” Leithauser said in a press release, “and I also knew there was only one kid who could get the job done right. As anyone can see, Sam Nivola is only a few years (months?) from stardom.”
It was actually Batmanglij who came up with video’s idea, but it was Leithauser who inadvertently inspired it. “There’s a photo hanging on the wall at Hamilton and his wife Anna’s apartment,” Batmanglij explained. “It’s Hamilton as a teenager in a white shirt and black jeans, surrounded by 3 of his best friends wearing the same thing; they’re playing in a band on some sunny lawn. It looks like they might be covering “Louie Louie”. I think this photo is hung at my eye level because every time I’ve been to their apartment I’ve remembered seeing it. At some point something must have clicked and inspired me to come up with this video concept.” He added, “… though I gotta confess originally it was meant for a different song we wrote together, one called ‘I Retired’.
Watch the video, co-directed by Batmanglij and Josh Goleman, above.
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam have also announced their first ever live dates as a band. They’ll debut on September 26th at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade (tickets on sale Friday here), and head to London on October 5th. There will also be a “handful of other dates this fall,” so stay tuned for more announcements.
Look for their debut LP, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, on September 23rd through Glassnote Records.