Hamilton Leithauser Bio, Wife, Children, The Walkmen, Rostam and Dear God

Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Administrator

Hamilton Leithauser Biography

Hamilton Leithauser (Full name- James Hamilton Leithauser) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born on April 15, 1978. He became popular as the lead vocalist of the American indie rock band The Walkmen, with whom he recorded seven studio albums. Leithauser and bass guitarist and organist Peter Matthew Bauer were both members of The Recoys prior to the formation of The Walkmen band.

Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser Wife | Children

Hamilton Leithauser is married to actress and director Anna Stumpf whop is best known for Heart & Soul, 2010, Underlings, 2012, and The Way I See Things, 2008. Together, thew couple has two daughters with the eldest named, Georgiana Leithauser. The family live in New York.

Hamilton Leithauser Age

Leithauser was born on April 15, 1978. He is most famous as the former lead vocalist of the American indie rock band The Walkmen, with whom he recorded seven studio albums. Hamilton Leithauser is 45 years old as of 2019.

Hamilton Leithauser Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser released his debut studio album, Black Hours, on June 3 2014 after embarking upon a solo career in earlier the same year. This was after his band The Walkmen went on an indefinite hiatus.

Hamilton Leithauser Dear God

Dear God is an album that Hamilton Leithauser wrote and recorded as a follow-up to his debut solo album, Black Hours. He co-wrote and recorded alongside his The Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon. The duo independently released the album under both of their names in 2015.

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Hamilton Leithauser And Rostam | Vampire Weekend | Drummer

Hamilton Leithauser collaborated with former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij in 2016, on the studio album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine. The album received widespread critical acclaim upon its release later that year.

Hamilton Leithauser The Walkmen | Band

Hamilton Leithauser was one of the founding members of the American indie rock band, The Walkmen, in 2000. Others were Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), Matt Barrick (drums) and Leithauser’s former band-mate at The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ).

Leithauser supplied the vocals and played guitar. Members were based in New York City and Philadelphia. The Walkmen band is currently on an indefinite hiatus with members Hamilton Leithauser, Bauer and Martin all pursuing solo careers. Barrick also joined Fleet Foxes in a touring and session capacity.

Hamilton Leithauser Albums

  1. Black Hours, 2014.
  2. Dear God, 2015. (with Paul Maroon)
  3. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, 2016. (with Rostam)
  4. I Won’t Let Up: Live At Music Hall Of Williamsburg, 2017. (with Rostam)

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times

I had a dream that you were mine
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
I left my room on the west side
I walked from noon until the night
I changed my crowd, I ditched my tie
I watched the sparks fly off the fire
I found your house, I didn’t even try
They’d closed the shutters, they’d pulled the blinds
My eyes were red, the streets were bright
Those ancient years were black and white
The 10th of November, the year’s almost over
If I had your number, I’d call you tomorrow
If my eyes were open, I’d be kicking the doors in
But all that I have is this old dream I’ve always had
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
I left my room on the west side
I walked from noon through the night
I changed my crowd, I ditched my tie
I watched the sparks fly off the fire
I found your old house, I didn’t even try
They’d closed the shutters, they’d pulled the blinds
I had a dream that you were mine
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
But I don’t answer questions, I just keep on guessing
My eyes are still open, the curtains are closing
But all that I have is this old dream I must have had
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times
A thousand times, a thousand times
I’ve had that dream a thousand times

Hamilton Leithauser Alexandra

 

Hamilton Leithauser Interview

Is your last name of German origin?
Yeah, my wife got me one of those research your name things for Christmas. It came back that it was the name of a Bavarian tavern owner. Here [in Berlin] it’s the only place where people pronounce it correctly, every time. [laughs]

2011 was the ten-year anniversary of THE WALKMEN. Where is the band now? Are you on hiatus?
Yeah, we’ve sort of gone our separate ways.

Is it permanent?
It very well could be, yeah.

Was it amicable?
Yea, it was. They’re more…like my best friends and my cousin. So we are all on good terms. It’s more-everybody …we worked together for so long, and after our last record, we all started writing songs: I started writing songs, Wal [Walter Martin] started writing songs, and Paul started writing these songs. It was sort of like we didn’t know how we were going to do it again, to be creative and feel new about it. The idea of getting back together was so daunting and it’s desperate attempt to try to feel new, that it seemed a lot easier if we all just tried to do stuff separately. Everybody was sort of into that idea, everybody who wanted to make a record.

It’s definitely brave-
It’s definitely scary…[laughs]

It’s a time when we are seeing so many bands from previous eras reunite. How does a band know when to stop?
It was a slog for us. We did it for years. The only way to make money was to travel and we all have kids and families and we don’t make a lot of money so you’re travelling a lot. Not to complain too much because, man, we can – once you get that train going you’ll can just go all day.

The drawbacks of touring you mean?
Yeah. You just – it needed a change.

As far as working on your own… what’s liberating about doing it away from the band? What are the drawbacks?
Well, it’s exciting and scary at first because you don’t have your gang behind you for moral support or creative support or anything. It’s different, it makes the things different and that is what’s fun about doing it the first place. That’s is why I feel much more personally connected to this record than I did to our last record. I’m not going to say it’s all straight liberating…I’m not just like ‘Oh I shed this dead weight…’ They’re my good friends and I miss them, you know? But I was glad I was able to write songs and see songs to completion in a way that I wanted them to be completed and not go through some sort of political thing.

I also saw on this record you had a lot of collaborators. How did that happen?
One of them is Paul [Maroon] from THE WALKMEN, we had a very good songwriting team/partnership going on.  We just work really well together.

Another guy was Rostam Batmanglij from VAMPIRE WEEKEND. He heard I was doing this record and asked if he wanted to work on something.  And that was a new- he’s a control freak, he’s a demanding guy, he can’t stop. He was really fun to work with because I was trying to put myself in a new world.  To be invited into his world and being attacked like a [slaps hand together] like a pack mule [laughs] was really exactly what I needed. We did butt heads for a while but it really ended up working out and I was really happy I was brought to this new dynamic that was very unexpected.

Do you feel like when you started, is it almost like dating?
Definitely, because it’s intimate.  Yeah, he’s technically the producer but I worked with him the way I’ve always worked with someday in a band: we are writing it together, we are telling each other what we do like, we are telling each other what we don’t like, then we are going out to dinner each other.  It’s exactly like having a new band member, which is a close relationship.

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