My brother and I have a tendency to make lists.
In younger days, discussions often came down to naming the top Pirates pitchers (Doug Drabek), the best WWF matches (Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon), and the best Ghostbuster (Egon). But as we grew older, and dreams of athletic glory and paranormal activity passed, our lists began to focus on things a little more immediate. (best beers, top Arrested Development episodes, etc.)
So when we decided earlier this year to make a trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza, questions quickly turned to “What are the top five bands you must see?”, “What’s the #1 conflict on your schedule?”, and “What’s the first can’t-miss song of the weekend?”
To the final question, the answer was a quick, and unexpected, “The Rat.” Even though I hadn’t put the Walkmen near my top 5 must-see bands, “The Rat” elicited such careening, uninhibited chaos, that seeing that song performed toward the very start of the festival just had to be a harbinger of the raucous weekend imagined to come.
“The Rat” kicked-off a festival that, while not always raucous, was appropriately careening. Joined alongside it were two excellent tracks from the new album Lisbon, “Angela Surf City” and “Stranded.” I haven’t had the opportunity yet to purchase the rest of the album, but if the two songs were any indication, the Walkmen are quickly approaching top-5 territory.