"The Walkmen" are an indie rock band from New York City. The band formed with three members from Jonathan Fire Eater which had recently disbanded and two members from The Recoys in 2000. The group comprises of Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar), Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ), Peter Bauer (bass) and Matt Barrick (drums). Their sound is made unique with the use of vintage musical instruments, most famously the clangy upright piano, and through the use of their self-designed recording studio Marcata Recording, which uses analog recording equipment.
The 2002 debut album ''Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone'' was well received by critics for its experimental approach and progressive sound. The track "We've Been Had" from ''Everyone Who Pretended...'' was used on a television commercial for the Saturn Ion. The follow up album ''Bows & Arrows'', was released in 2004 and was listed by many critics as one of the year's best albums while embracing a less whimsical, experimental sound than the previous album. Several songs were featured on the Fox television program The O.C., including "What's in It for Me?", "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages".