e-mail interview with Hamilton Leithauser - jan. 28th 2002
by Barbara H
I really like your ep, does the lp have a different sound, or is it a "follow up" to what's been already introduced by the ep ?
the "ep" was actually a single that blossomed itself into an ep. two of those songs will be on the album.
Piano plays a very important role in the songs, how did you end up using it as a lead instrument?
we just bought the piano and started playing it. we liked the sound so we used it more.
There is a definite 80s pop/rock/new wave influence in your songs, from early U2 to late Joy Division, but some songs are reminiscent of an older music, "We've Been had" has a kind of "cabaret" feeling, do you consider cabaret music as one of your influences ?
actually no...not that I'm aware. you may know better than I do. that song is bouncy.
After the success of the Strokes, and the signing of the Moldy Peaches and ARE Weapons on Rough Trade, the British press started talking a lot about the NYC "scene", did it make it easier for you to find a label?
no. not one bit. I think that writers care about the scene, not labels.
What do you think of the whole "NYC scene" hype? do you see it globally as a good or a bad thing ?
it seems there are several bands doing well here at the moment. good for them!
What is your favourite memory as a musician ?
watching Pete Bauer (the bass man) deliver an impromptu post-show speech to a room full of us, friends, and strangers, titled "Why I'm a Walking Joke".
ok, now here are ten silly questions...
"was you ever bit by a dead bee" ?
wow. when I was young I stepped on a dead bee to prove that it couldn't sting me, and it stung the holy hell out of my bare foot.
What becomes of the broken hearted ?
do you have a plan ?
yes. a bad plan.
What do you think of sunrise?
Do you like moustaches ?
If I could grow one, I would. I'd rather have a big blonde beard like some Nordic nightmare.
Favourite band and worst favourite band of the moment ?
favorite...at this moment in front of the computer...I'd say the Rolling Stones
Are you insomniac ? How do you cope with it ?
I take tylenol pm...wait, why I am typing this?
Which Hollywood Star (dead or alive) would you like to date ?
Do you have a hero ? who is it ?
I don't think so.
What was your very first song about ?
thanks a lot !
/pic from www.marcata.net/walkmen/