Born from the ashes of former NYC million dollar it band Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Walkmen have already recaptured their former hip-as-shit status in the Big Apple. But donít stop there. The Walkmen are no local act. The lush orchestrations and haunting vocals found on their debut LP, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, have already begun to attract attention all over the world. MTV, Rolling Stone, GQ, LA Times, NY Times, CMJ, Village Voice, and The Tripwire have all praised the album and the band for their unique, experimental garage sound and energetic live shows. Many have equated The Walkmen with early U2, an idea which multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin is quick to validate. While the band my have some attributes similar to U2 in the early days, they are undoubtedly their own group. And while, yes, The Walkmen are based in NYC, and yes, their music can be categorized as garage, they are no Strokes copy-cats or cookie-cutter, neo-punk indie band. Their music is touching, distant, emotional, serious, witty, and best of all, entertaining. Stand-out tracks include "Revenge is a Wristwatch," "The Blizzard of í96," and "That's The Punchline," but itís their first single, "Weíve Been Had" that has attracted the most attention as of late. The song's been licensed to Saturn for use in their new Ion ads, and has started a whole new round of "buzz" throughout the industry and, more specifically, alternative radio. WHFS has already added the song, and next week (2/25), The Walkmen will be the first StarTime band to go for commercial adds. Good luck boys!