The Walkmen Go to Heaven

05/29/2012 4:00 AM |

Do you ever worry about young bands maybe not being given the chance to get to that point in their career? You guys have become a career band, which is something that just doesn’t happen all that often, for a million reasons. Do you worry about young bands, or about what it means for music in general that people aren’t given the chance to figure things out the way you have?
Well, it’s really, really hard to get started. The idea of starting something just seems so scary to me. I remember what it was like, when nobody would even let us play, or you’re paid, like, $25 to play at midnight at the Continental on a Sunday night. I did that for years. Nobody returns your calls, and it’s just an ugly scene. You just really have to want to do it. Getting our foot in the door was hard, but even when we had success, it’s never really been easy for us. If you really, really want to do it, you just work something out. I don’t know, for us, it’s always been better when we’re certain that we’re doing it on our own terms. Whenever we feel like we’re doing something because we’re being pushed into it, that’s when everybody starts turning on each other and just wants to get the hell out as soon as possible.

What will be the thing that makes you stop doing this?
What will be the nail in the coffin? I have no idea. I have no idea. Nothing’s stopped us yet, and we’ve been through some pretty serious shit, so I don’t know man… I think we’re pretty durable.