Peter Matthew Bauer, one of The Walkmen‘s founding members as bassist and organist, is now a lead singer-songwriter touring his new solo record Liberation! out now on Mexican Summer records. Bauer put out seven records with The Walkmen including indie anthem The Rat, produced by Dave Sardy.
In the first single, “Latin American Ficciones”, the sound is reminiscent of The Walkmen’s garage tambourine and sheen guitars, but you may find that the vocal stylings surprisingly remind you of Tom Petty-Americana, in a good way. Check it out:
Bauer explains his release: “Liberation, as the idea of the record, relates to Belief in its various incarnations. In a way I’m trying to poke fun at it; this Western idea of heaven, this Eastern idea that it will take a hundred lifetimes, or a thousand lifetimes to get somewhere better. You can be mad about these things, but you can also arrive at some sort of strange, joyful experience right now without believing anything.”
He plays Bottom of the Hill tonight — July 9th — with his backing band that includes Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes, who is also opening the evening.
You should know that Walkmen frontman, Hamilton Leithauser, is also touring solo this summer, with his new album Black Hours and will be playing San Francisco’s The Chapel August 2.
photo by Matt Barrick