The Walkmen is an American indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in
2000with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt
Barrick(drums)—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar). All but Bauer
attendedSt. Albans in Washington, D.C.
They prefer the sound of vintage musical instruments, particularly the upright piano, and have often recorded at
MarcataRecording, a recording studio built in Harlem in 1999 by the three former members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and later
relocated toupstate New York.