Walter Martin, multi-instrumentalist from the Walkmen, found out his wife was pregnant with their first child just as the New York band was finishing work on their 2012 album Heaven. With fatherhood on the horizon, and adulthood an undeniable reality, Martin felt it was time to challenge himself a bit. He had co-written songs for the band since they had formed in 2000, at first writing their big drum beats and rock riffs, and later focusing more on lyrics and the band's more romantic material. Now he just wanted to write something for himself. It was while standing in his kitchen the summer before last, surrounded by his young family and listening to their collection of 1950s rock 'n' roll records, that he realized what that meant exactly.
We're All Young Together, Martin's debut solo effort, is a sweet, funny, rough-around-the-edges "family record," as he likens it, that's intended to entertain the little ones, while getting a laugh out of their parents. An album of alphabet songs, it is not. Inspired by early rock 'n' roll, it is filled with the kind of innocent yet mischievous music that has long struck a chord with Martin. "I'm calling it 'family music' because I want families to enjoy it together," explains Martin. "But to me it's just rock 'n' roll done the old-fashioned way."