Hamilton Leithauser, the former frontman of The Walkmen, will take the stage at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett this weekend.
“This will be my first performance [at the Talkhouse], but last summer I did swing by one night with some friends, and we saw a cover band doing Van Halen songs, and sort of hair metal kind of stuff,” said Leithauser. “One very drunk concertgoer got very friendly with my friend — married, female — and my wife, then he leaned over to me and slurred into my ear ‘you gotta let ‘em off the leash.’ I’m not entirely sure what that meant, but I wonder if I’ll see him again?”
Leithauser’s latest album I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, a collaboration with Rostam Batmanglij, the multi-instrumentalist formerly of Vampire Weekend, was released in 2016. It’s a selection of songs Hamilton and Rostam wrote and recorded together.
Leithauser is also currently touring with Arcade Fire. “They’re great people and a great band,” said Leithauser. “I watched them the other night in Detroit and was really blown away. It was actually the best show I’ve seen them do,” he told The Independent.
What’s next for Leithauser? “I’m working on a new record . . . actually in Amagansett. Actually about a mile from the Stephen Talkhouse! I’m gonna check your calendar for that Van Halen cover band.”
The show at the Talkhouse will be held on Sunday, July 15, at 8 PM, along with supporting act Caveman.
“We’re gonna let it off the leash next Sunday!” said Leithauser.
Tickets are $50 for general admission and $70 for VIP. For tickets and more info visit www.stephentalkhouse.com.