In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, I called up The Walkmen’s very own Pete Bauer to reflect on their bandship from the past decade. They don’t have very many regrets about their career, except maybe for their band name, which Bauer claims makes them sound like a bunch of chumps. We also discussed which member has aged the most over the years and what it’s like to all be married and have a million kids. Though it’s too late for them to be called The Killers (what they wish they were named instead), I may or may not have accidentally re-branded them… as a dad band.
NOISEY: Hi Pete! First of all, congratulations on your 10-year anniversary!
Pete Bauer: Thank you!
All five of you have been together since day one, right? That’s very impressive and probably pretty rare nowadays.
Right, yeah, I think it’s probably pretty rare.
Did you guys think you’d stick around for so long?
I don’t know, I think we just continued doing it and we hoped it would last long but no, it’s been a lot longer than we ever expected. I mean, you don’t think it’s gonna last that long but it ended up lasting forever.
Do you think it’s going to keep going for more decades to come?
We hope so! We’re going to try. We’re in it for life. We have no other skills! Whatever skills we had before are gone now.
Well, you’re all doing whatever you’re doing now very well. By the way, the new single, “We Can’t Be Beat,” is lovely and I’m really looking forward to the new album Heaven!
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