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It took us a long time to make this new album. Six years in fact. It wasn’t that we stopped being a band during that time, it was just that other things took over. Life took over, and that is a hard thing to control and slow down. But there was also something else. After “Acetylene” we knew that when we did another album it needed to follow a different trail. It needed to have its own idea, its own purpose, something luminous and worth fighting for. That idea was elusive. But one hot, dust-blown afternoon, as I sat in the back of a rusty Jeep, as it bumped and ground itself across a desert track, somewhere deep in the Sahara, these words came to me: “Travels in the Dustland.” And after I returned home, I remembered those words, and from them came songs, and from those songs came rehearsals and recording sessions.

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.

//Chris Eckman
Seattle, July 2011

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The Virgin Years Box-Set buy item

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The Virgin Years Box-Set

Release Date: 06/27/2014 · Format: 6-LP+5-CD · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 815

Limited to 500 copies worldwide, this deluxe box set contains the double LP (plus 2 CDs) “ Devil’s Road ”, the double LP (plus 2 CDs) “ Nighttown ” and exclusively to this set the double LP (plus CD) “ Bruxelles ”, which is a live...
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Nighttown (deluxe edition)

Release Date: 06/27/2014 · Format: CD/2-LP(+CD)/DIGITAL · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 811

Deluxe Reissue of their 1997 classic with re-worked and extended artwork plus a bonus CD containing five unreleased tracks of that period. Comes in a multifold digipak with 16 page booklet and as a two-LP set (180 gram heavyweight vinyl,...
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Devil’s Road (deluxe edition)

Release Date: 06/27/2014 · Format: CD/2-LP(+CD)/DIGITAL · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 810

Deluxe Reissue of their 1996 classic with re-worked and extended artwork plus a bonus CD containing five unreleased tracks of that period. Comes in a multifold digipak with 16 page booklet and as a two-LP set (180 gram heavyweight...
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Berlin

Release Date: 11/16/2012 · Format: CD/DoLP (+CD) · Cat-No: GRCD/DoLP 749

Live recordings don’t tell lies (or at least only small ones). Presuming that there’s very little post-production studio modification of the original recording other than to mix the tracks, what you hear is a performance; with all its peaks...
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Life: The Movie Collected Films & Clips

Release Date: 06/22/2012 · Format: DVD · Cat-No: GRDVD 705

“Dark, haunting, and elegiac: The Walkabouts sprung forth from the storytelling traditions of American roots music and the kinetic excitement of rock & roll.” (Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide). Life: The Movie – Collected Films...
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Travels In The Dustland

Release Date: 10/21/2011 · Format: CD / 2-LP · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 731

It took us a long time to make this new album. Six years in fact. It wasn’t that we stopped being a band during that time, it was just that other things took over. Life took over, and that is a hard thing to control and slow down. But...
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Prague

Release Date: 03/01/2007 · Format: CD · Cat-No:


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Acetylene

Release Date: 08/10/2005 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 631

The first time we heard about the Walkabouts was through a track on Sub Pop 200, a 1988 Seattle compilation that pre-staged the Grunge revolution. But the Walkabouts were anything but a grunge band; dark, haunting, and elegiac, their work instead...
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Shimmers (A Best Of)

Release Date: 09/01/2003 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 581

The word "shimmers" refers to reflected light. It refers to something that sparkles, without being upfront and obvious. Somehow we thought this was a good metaphor for our music. Over the course of 15 albums and close to 20 years of...
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Drunken Soundtracks

Release Date: 07/25/2002 · Format: 2-CD · Cat-No: GR 561

The Walkabouts are a very prolific band. There is always an idea, a concept, a soundtrack, a compilation-appearance here, a cooperation there. Not only do they deliver a new album regularly, they also record and tour as Chris & Carla, and...
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Ended Up A Stranger buy item

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Ended Up A Stranger

Release Date: 10/25/2001 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 538


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Bruxelles

Release Date: 07/19/2000 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 505

I think some of you lost a little interest in the Walkabouts when they signed to Virgin. Then again they gained a lot of fans by having a radio hit in Germany with “The Lights Will Stay On”. When the follow-up hit did not materialize those...
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Train Leaves At Eight buy item

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Train Leaves At Eight

Release Date: 05/25/2000 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 490

"Train Leaves At Eight" is an inbetween project, a concept album which will remind you of "Satisfied Mind", another inbetween album with cover versions that became one of the most critically acclaimed recordings in the long career...
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Drown buy item

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Drown

Release Date: 08/23/1999 · Format: CD-Single · Cat-No: GR 461

Drown“ is an edited version of the album-track. Extras are „Bonnie And Clyde“ (Serge Gainsbourg), the song that also graces the limited edition LP release and an ambient guitar-piece titled „Lost In the Scraps“.
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Trail Of Stars

Release Date: 08/02/1999 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 450

Back home then. One of the most graceful bands of our time has (re-)found its ideal business complementary to realize their musical ideas after their two-albums co-operation with a major record company. These circumstances are often readily...
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Death Valley Days

Release Date: 02/07/1997 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 404

A Walkabouts CD-Anthology of 18 rare and lost songs. Seven are previously unreleased, another six are taken from various compilations which are all out of print now. The remaining five songs have been Sub Pop single-b-sides, all of them are...
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Satisfied Mind

Release Date: 11/12/1993 · Format: CD · Cat-No: SP 116/294

A collection of covers mostly recorded with acoustic instruments, ranging from Nick Cave to the Carter Family. Released in late 1993. "Proudly displaying country rock's emotional battle-scars as trophies, The Walkabouts turn their...
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See Beautiful Rattlesnake Gardens buy item

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See Beautiful Rattlesnake Gardens

Release Date: 09/17/1993 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 355

CD-reissue of their debut album from 1990, with 5 exclusive bonus tracks recorded prior to the album. "Graceful but energetic rock that draws heavily on folk traditions without ever sounding like it belongs on PBS, this 1987 debut LP...
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New West Motel buy item

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New West Motel

Release Date: 02/19/1993 · Format: CD · Cat-No: SP 81/252

Dropped by Sub Pop in their homeland the band was signed by Glitterhouse for Europe. "New West Motel" was recorded live in an aluminium-sided garage in the timber country south of Seattle. The resultant sound is rough-hewn, soulful, loose...
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Rag & Bone / Cataract buy item

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Rag & Bone / Cataract

Release Date: 04/13/1990 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 0085

Value for money. Die erste Sub Pop LP "Cataract" (eigentlich ihre 2.) zusammen mit der nachfolgenden Mini-LP "Rag & Bone" (6 Tracks) auf einer CD. Viele begannen die Band schon damals inständig zu lieben. Mit Recht. 18 Tracks...
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