In November of 2010 The Walkabouts entered a studio in Seattle to begin work on the album. The final details were wrapped up in June of 2011. The same crew that made Acetylene and most of the other Walkabouts albums, made this one: Carla Torgerson, Terri Moeller, Michael Wells, Glenn Slater and myself. Paul Austin formerly of Willard Grant Conspiracy and Transmissionary Six joined us, providing new angles and possibilities. Travels in the Dustland is a collection of interconnected songs. It is a song cycle. The Dustland is a made up place but it looks and acts like a real place. While different characters come and go throughout the songs, the most important character is the landscape itself: Its vastness, its endless skies, its scarcity, its hidden opportunities and its rugged dead-end roads. The Dustland seems to be somewhere in America. It is an America with a future as cracked and worn as a dry-lake bed. It is a land where hollow ideas win-out and hopes and dreams are slowly slipping back into the wilds from which they began. But more than being an idea, this album is obviously a collection of music. We wanted songs and sounds as wide-open as the landscape that inspired us. We wanted an album with a mood of experimentation but also an album that played to our strengths as musicians.
It was a hard, slow process, a balancing act, but we are proud of the results.
Thanks for listening and thanks for traveling with us.
Seattle, July 2011
The WalkaboutsThe Virgin Years Box-Set
Release Date: 06/27/2014 · Format: 6-LP+5-CD · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 815
The WalkaboutsNighttown (deluxe edition)
Release Date: 06/27/2014 · Format: CD/2-LP(+CD)/DIGITAL · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 811
The WalkaboutsDevil’s Road (deluxe edition)
Release Date: 06/27/2014 · Format: CD/2-LP(+CD)/DIGITAL · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 810
Release Date: 11/16/2012 · Format: CD/DoLP (+CD) · Cat-No: GRCD/DoLP 749
The WalkaboutsLife: The Movie Collected Films & Clips
Release Date: 06/22/2012 · Format: DVD · Cat-No: GRDVD 705
The WalkaboutsTravels In The Dustland
Release Date: 10/21/2011 · Format: CD / 2-LP · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 731
Release Date: 08/10/2005 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 631
The WalkaboutsShimmers (A Best Of)
Release Date: 09/01/2003 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 581
The WalkaboutsDrunken Soundtracks
Release Date: 07/25/2002 · Format: 2-CD · Cat-No: GR 561
The WalkaboutsTrain Leaves At Eight
Release Date: 05/25/2000 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 490
The WalkaboutsSee Beautiful Rattlesnake Gardens
Release Date: 09/17/1993 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 355