Cheers from Hamilton Leithauser and The Walkmen!

We can’t tell how seriously to take this offer, but it’s pretty awesome all the same. As some of you may recall, The Walkmen were scheduled to perform at the Electric Factory with Philly space rock luminaries The War On Drugs last month, but the show was unfortunately called off. Each band has made up the cancellation with new dates, The War on Drugs closing off 2012 at Johnny Brenda’s and The Walkmen kicking off their 2013 tour at Union Transfer. But the latter band is realizing that this might not be enough, and today sweetened the deal via a Facebook post.

As we realize it’s a headache for everyone in Philadelphia who bought tickets to the cancelled October show, and we’ve come to understand it’s never a good idea to tick off a large group of our neighboring Philadelphians, we would like to invite anyone with a cancelled ticket stub to our sound check at the Union Transfer on January 11th for spaghetti and meatballs prepared by the band and served by local rockers, and cheap canned beer. Probably around 5 or so…we will get back to you with more details. If you don’t actually have the stub you can just write in and plead your case–I mean, it’s not THAT sweet a deal, so the restrictions are sort of lax. Potential servers may include (none of whom have been asked): Mazarin, Fleet Foxes, Blood Feathers, War on Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Kurt Vile–(don’t actually this last guy, but figured he might be into the spaghetti). There’s a very good chance that none of these people may show up. The band will sound check with half-assed versions of songs like “the Scientist” by Coldplay and “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour…and maybe the “Fix You” song by Coldplay too…and maybe “Salsbury Hill”. Casual attire. Please RSVP to this facebook page. (This is my first facebook post though, so I honestly don’t know if that’s even possible.) See you there!

If even only 20 percent of these claims are true, that sounds like a pretty awesome way to grab dinner before a show. The Walkmen are on tour in support of their excellent seventh record Heaven, available now via Fat Possum Records.