Before heading to Australia to open for The National, The Walkmen are in the midst of a September tour opening for Fleet Foxes in the U.S. The indie rockers are entering their second decade as a recording and touring band and are out supporting their sixth release, Lisbon. They plan on going into the studio this November to record a new album. While in Seattle last week, they stopped by KEXP radio for a live acoustic session.
We told you it was coming! Now it’s here. The AV Club’s Undercover series jolts back to life with a seasonal program. Ten bands entered the studio to cover a holiday song of their choosing. First up: The Walkmen. As you may recall, last time they rocked some R.E.M. This time around, they dragged a chestnut out of the attic (hmm, mixing Christmas metaphors there). It’s Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” a song best known for its use in National Lampoon’s Vacation.
The Walkmen keep the peppy bounce, but thankfully do away with some of the dated ‘80s production. My only gripe is: no one has any right to look that good in a Santa hat. Watch the video and download the MP3 below. The new Holiday Undercover series runs every Tuesday and Thursday until Christmas, so be sure to check back!
We reminded you last week that all good things must end. Well that end has arrived. We’ll get to that in a minute, but first let’s look back. The A.V. Undercover series gave us a good run of indie-classic matchups. First we heard the Antlers croon/moan through “Wish You Were Here.” Then Frightened Rabbit went all Scottish-downer on the Lemonheads. The Swell Season raised our spirits again with some “Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2.” Then last week Tokyo Police Club dragged us through the mud with a grungy “Everybody Wants You.”
And now here we are. The final installment. Don’t worry though; it’s a doozy. Since each band crossed the song they chose off a list, the final band had no choice at all. Through hell or high water, the Walkmen had to cover R.E.M.’s “Driver 8.” They rose to the occasion though with one of the best performances yet. Organ swirls, the guitar riff unwinds, and drums roll along in what sounds like the darkest carnival ever. Check it out below.