This is one of those gigs that needs brackets after the name to explain who he is, but once you know, you’ll probably want to go. Yes indeed, it’s Hamilton Leithauser, who is definitely not a household name even in the most obscure of households, but the Walkmen aren’t far off it, and he does have a wonderful rasp of a voice. Read the rather confusing press release below…
Harmonic Presents – HAMILTON LEITHAUSER – (lead singer of The Walkmen)
The Sugar Club, Dublin – November 10th
Tickets priced €22 (including booking fee) on sale today from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide
Following turns at Green Man and End of the Road (w/ The Gene Clark No Other Band), Hamilton Leithauser – lead singer of The Walkmen – returns to London to support Spoon at Shepherds Bush Empire and will also hit the road as a duo around the UK playing tracks from his debut solo album, Black Hours.
In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord, piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass, and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffmanfrom Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser’s first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum stool for a pair of songs.
Black Hours brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to loud, live rock ‘n’ roll and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators including Rostam Batmanglij, Paul Maroon(The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album shows Leithauser at his most passionate, personal and free.