Wistful, nostalgic and honest. The Walkaways' latest album Romance and Medicine is a personal effort, a journey and a new beginning for Washington, D.C.'s beloved alt-country band. After years of playing sold-out venues throughout the East Coast, developing a loyal fan base and winning accolades from The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine and OnTap Magazine, The Walkways are finally at the forefront of their local roots-rock scene.
Produced with John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Rankin Family), the album's 12 songs gracefully touch upon themes of longing, loss and redemption all while making listeners come to terms with themselves. What makes Romance and Medicine beautiful is that it is your friend as much as it is your dance partner. The album took more than a year to record but it was an organic affair. After their last album and tour, the band wanted to maintain the sound for which they are loved but also record songs that challenged them as artists. The unique twang and sound that you hear on the album are humble nods to Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Sun Volt.
The rocker Last Saturday kicks off the album feeding into the lush Leap Years, its guitar humming a sweet nostalgic tune. The piano and slide guitar that form the backbone of the title track sets the tone for the record while Local Honey and its mandolin paint a vivid picture inviting listeners to hop aboard and ride into their heart's desires. Down is a visceral and slow song, confronting one's fears and hopes. The album's first single No Way Out of Neverland is a toe tapping song -- at once fun and fresh yet sad and helpless. The album is sweet with dark undercurrents waiting to follow you. Let them follow you...
If Romance and Medicine sounds like it was written while traveling, that's because it mostly was -- two of the songs Local Honey and I Should Have Known were written by Mark Bower as he was driving up and down Route 15. Says Bower, "Long drives make it easy to yearn for forward-looking passion and backwards-looking nostalgia, while medicine provides the bitter dose of reality. To stay sane in this world you need both."