Indie rock band The Walkmen have announced an "extreme hiatus".

The group has assured fans there are no plans to split, but the bandmates have will not be recording together in the near future.

Bassist Peter Bauer tells the Washington Post, "We have no future plans whatsoever. I'd call it a pretty extreme hiatus.

"I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."

Each member is now focusing on solo material - Bauer is working on his album, Liberation!

He continues, "I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all. It's nice to be removed from (being a band) and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.

"It's been almost 14 years now. I think that's enough, you know?"

The Walkmen were formed in 2000 and have released seven albums together.