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Album of The Day: The Men – New Moon

Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: It’s the first law of indie-rock: Every grungy, guitar-powered act– from Dinosaur Jr. to Titus Andronicus— eventually goes a little Crazy Horse, gradually easing their squalling sludgefeasts into a classic-rock comfort zone. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon for the Men.

Over the course of two quick-succession albums, 2011’s Leave Home and last year’s Open Your Heart, the Brooklyn bruisers’ primordial post-hardcore roar had exploded into a constellation of possibilities, exploring everything from krautrock to country to shoegazed psychedelia.

But the Men that hit the road in early 2012 to promote Open Your Heart were already a different band than the one documented on that record. Their once-unwieldy noise was being harnessed into a more economical drive and harmonicas were being blown. A band that less than two years ago sounded like descendents of Big Black had already found their way to Big Pink.

The Men - New Moon

This is the Men that greet us on New Moon— recorded, natch, in a cabin in the Catskills. And what gracious hosts they’ve become, welcoming us in with the gentle, piano-tapped lullaby ‘Open the Door’. Even when you take the band’s rapid-fire maturation into account, the song still startles with its angelic harmonies, peaceful images of “trees swaying,” and general air of bonhomie.

But if the opener seemingly announces a break from the band’s formative inspirations, New Moon as a whole reinforces their spiritual connection to them. In hindsight, 1980s indie rock wasn’t so much an antidote to the preceding generation’s dinosaur rock as a tough-love corrective measure to revitalize it, from the Minutmen’s CCR / BOC boosterism to Hüsker Dü‘s sand-blasted take on the Byrds.

What the Men ultimatley share with their SST forbears isn’t a sound but a work ethic, with a record-release output that can barely keep pace with their artistic progression, fuelled by a blatant disregard for the punks they’re bound to piss off along the way.

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Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]

Album of the day: The Men – Leave Home

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year. Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Nothing is sacred to the Men. For one, this Brooklyn quartet’s name is pretty much identical to that of fellow New Yorker JD Samson’s […]