New York’s favorite band, The Walkmen, who celebrated their 10th anniversary together last year, have announced the release date and title of their next album. Heaven, the band’s sixth record together, will be spread amongst the masses on June 5, 2012 through Fat Possum Records. The new set of tunes was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Built to Spill) at Ek’s Seattle studio and features harmonies by Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.
The band have also announced a surprising pay-scale arrangement for the album: your sins will be judged, weighted, and quantified, and then you pay based on how clear your conscience is. For example: every murder you’ve committed adds $100 to your cost of the CD and if you happen to be spotless when it comes to stains on your soul then you get the album for free!
“The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone,” says singer Hamilton Leithauser, “We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement.” Leithauser also added that, along with their new generosity, the band are hoping that their new pay-scale can help people straighten up their lives and make real change in the world, hoping that once people realize their sins and have to pay a lot of money for a CD because of it, that they can start getting closer to Heaven.