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The Men Release New Video For Pearly Gates

Two days after releasing their fifth record in four years, and with their European tour just days away, The Men have revealed their latest music video for album track, Pearly Gates.

Featuring everything from incompetent doughnut-eating cops to Satanic death cults, The Men’s new video is a pulpy, booze-fueled tribute to muscle cars and fast women. The track is drawn from the band’s new record Tomorrow’s Hits, out now on Sacred Bones, and finds the band playing live and at top speed, backed by a full horn section.

The Men are also about to hit UK shores, playing the following live shows across Europe:
Thu 13 Mar 2014 UK, Sheffield – The Harley
Fri 14 Mar 2014 UK, Brighton – The Haunt
Sun 16 Mar 2014 Holland, Amsterdam – Doka
Mon 17 Mar 2014 Germany, Hamburg – Hafenklang
Tue 18 Mar 2014 Denmark, Copenhagen – Loppen
Fri 21 Mar 2014 Czech Republic Prague 007 .
Sat 22 Mar 2014 Switzerland Zurich La Parenthese
Sun 23 Mar 2014 Italy Milan Rocket
Tue 25 Mar 2014 Germany Cologne MTC
Wed 26 Mar 2014 France Paris Fleche d’Or
Thu 27 Mar 2014 UK London Village Underground
Fri 28 Mar 2014 UK Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Sat 29 Mar 2014 UK Glasgow Broadcast
Sun 30 Mar 2014 UK Leeds Brudenell

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The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits Album Review

After spending much of 2011 and 2012 on the road, including a trip upstate to write and record New Moon, their fourth full-length in as many years, The Men needed a break. They decided to take the winter of 2012 off to work on new material in Brooklyn. All that time spent on tour meant they had no practice space so founding member Mark Perro offered to turn his bedroom into one. All the furniture except the bed was moved out and the band’s gear was moved in — drums, pianos, a dozen or so guitars and amplifiers. They practiced in that bedroom in Bushwick nearly every day for three months, writing new songs and cutting more than 40 demos.

By the end of that winter, The Men had pared that crop of songs down to 13. With their plans to take a break foiled by their own work ethic, they decided to record those songs before New Moon came out. They booked two days at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studios, clocked in and tracked all 13 songs entirely live. A horn section stopped by as well, contributing to two songs and playing live right along with the band.

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The Men Tomorrow’s Hits artwork

Eight songs from those sessions made the final cut for The Men’s new LP for Sacred Bones, the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow’s Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their highest fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward and concise record that is full of genre-bending risks. The end result reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.

Opening track Dark Waltz sees The Men’s sometimes chaotic sound rather simplified into a melodic introduction to the album. As usual, the vocals are hard to decipher but this doesn’t matter. The American tones seep through which compliment this blues meets country rock track.

The second track, Get What You Give, carries a 90s pop rock feel to it. It’s a little Del Amitri meets Ocean Colour Scene, somewhere in between. It’s summery – perfect for the brightening spring days the UK is finally getting.

Another Night has a 70s soul and funk feel to it. The song begins with a pleasant piano piece before the guitars and drums kick in. Shortly after, the brass instruments follow in tow giving this track a very The Jam and Paul Weller sound. The vocals are marvelous, “Hey baby/I just can’t stand another fight/And I just can’t stand to stay another night” and are complimented by the bluesy piano and guitar and exploding brass melodies. It’s such an upbeat song despite the saddening lyrics but even so, you can’t help but dance like a loon to this one.

Sleepless continues to present the bluesy tones heard on Tomorrow’s Hits. The piano plays a gentle melody while the drums carry the rhythm and the guitar riffs build on the piano’s melodies. It’s another summery track full of feel good vibes which entices images of sunny beaches, green fields and lazy summer evenings at the pub with your friends. The addition of the harmonica towards the end of the track transports you to the 60s – this song has something bohemian about it.

Pearly Gates explodes through your speakers; it’s a massive blues jam. Having recorded this live, it makes it an even more impressive blues jam. It’s loud, wild and full of energy. It’s just what Tomorrow’s Hits needed to liven the album up. The vocals are raw, gravelly and quite rock star sexy. Pearly Gates has the spirit of the 60s in it. You can’t help but love it.

Pearly Gates is shortly followed by a gentler summer track, Settle Me Down. Settle Me Down introduces muted guitar notes which are complimented by the surfer infused riffs. This track has a do-wop style. The lyrics, “Settle me down my love/I can’t take much more of what you do/Settle me down my love/I can’t sleep the whole night through/Got a piece of my mind/You’re taking plenty of time/Gotta settle me down my love/’Cause I’m afraid we may cross that line” are sung in a soft, enchanting way. This track shows a softer side to the otherwise sometimes chaotic sound of The Men.

Tomorrow’s Hits is a wonderful rock album. It has elements of blues, jazz, folk, pop and rock. It justifies why this band has become known for bending the rules of the rock genre. This is a record everyone should have as the soundtrack to their summer. Tomorrow’s Hits is out now via Sacred Bones.

 

 

 

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Introducing…Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes, the project of New York-based Damon McMahon, is set to release his third full-length album, Love, this May on Sacred Bones.

Lonely Richard is the first track to be unveiled from the forthcoming release, featuring guest vocals from Elias Bender Ronnenfelt of Iceage and Vår, and is also available on the Sacred Bones’ Record Store Day complilation, Todo Muere Vol. 4 which is out April 19.

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

The upcoming album is McMahon’s most focused and ambitious work yet. Amen Dunes has always been rooted in traditional song and sound but Love is his first work in which this so clearly shines through. The guiding influence of Astral Weeks, Sam Cooke, Tim Hardin, Marvin Gaye, Hector Lavoe and the cosmic non-verbal mediations of Leon Thomas, all kept vigil over the song writing of Love and the spirit of late 60’s/early 70’s spiritual jazz of Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane channelled the sound. These are elemental songs about time, love and memory, as much about the listener as they are about the writer: pure, open and beautiful.

Whereas the previous Amen Dunes records – D.I.A. (Locust Music, 2009), Murder Dull Mind EP (Sacred Bones, July 2010) and Through Donkey Jaw (Sacred Bones, August 2011) – had all been largely improvisational first-take affairs, recorded in a matter of weeks at most, Love is the product of close to a year and a half of continuous work. As McMahon began to flesh out the new material, he found himself guided by the aforementioned work of classic American singers and songs more strongly than on any previous Amen Dunes record. And unlike the earlier recordings of McMahon’s, which were almost always a solo affair, the music on Love was performed by a variety of musicians, centred around the core trio and symbiotic interplay of McMahon and his long standing collaborators, Jordi Wheeler (guitar and piano) and Parker Kindred (drums).

Eager to capture a musical feeling outside the confines of New York City, McMahon chose to hold the main recording sessions in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In addition to recording the sessions that McMahon produced, members of Godspeed also played on several of the songs, along with Colin Stetson on saxophone and several other Montreal musicians. The remainder of the recordings took place back in Brooklyn at Strange Weather and Trout Recording and featured additional performances by a handful of musicians, including Elias Bender Ronnenfelt of Iceage and Vår, who duets with McMahon on Green Eyes and is featured on first single, Lonely Richard.

Amen Dunes’ new album will be released on May 12 via Sacred Bones.

Live dates are to be announced soon.

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The Men Premiere Two New Tracks From Tomorrow’s Hits

After masses of praise for Pearly Gates last month, The Men continue with their usual disregard for protocol and have revealed not one but two new songs from their forthcoming new album.

Their fifth full-length record, Tomorrow’s Hits, is set for release on March 3 via Sacred Bones. The album is the latest entry in the band’s rapidly growing discography and a collection of songs that once again finds the band expanding their ever-evolving musical palette.

Another Night and Different Days showcase this multi-faceted album and the band’s instinctive off-the-cuff approach to writing and recording. Diverse in sound but always united by The Men’s ability to capture energy and simply write great rock songs.

After spending much of 2011 and 2012 on the road, including a trip upstate to write and record New Moon, their fourth full-length in as many years, The Men needed a break. They decided to take the winter of 2012 off to work on new material in Brooklyn. All that time spent on tour meant they had no practice space so founding member Mark Perro offered to turn his bedroom into one. All the furniture except the bed was moved out and the band’s gear was moved in — drums, pianos, a dozen or so guitars and amplifiers. They practised in that bedroom in Bushwick nearly every day for three months, writing new songs and cutting more than 40 demos.

By the end of that winter, The Men had pared that crop of songs down to 13. With their plans to take a break foiled by their own work ethic, they decided to record those songs before New Moon came out. They booked two days at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studios, clocked in and tracked all 13 songs entirely live. A horn section stopped by as well, contributing to two songs and playing live right along with the band.

Eight songs from those sessions made the final cut for The Men’s new LP for Sacred Bones, the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow’s Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their highest fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward and concise record that nonetheless is full of genre-bending risks.

The Men will be playing the following European tour dates in support of Tomorrow’s Hits:
Thu 13 Mar 2014 UK, Sheffield – The Harley
Fri 14 Mar 2014 UK, Brighton – The Haunt
Sun 16 Mar 2014 Holland, Amsterdam – Doka
Mon 17 Mar 2014 Germany, Hamburg – Hafenklang
Tue 18 Mar 2014 Denmark, Copenhagen – Loppen
Fri 21 Mar 2014 Czech Republic Prague 007 .
Sat 22 Mar 2014 Switzerland Zurich La Parenthese
Sun 23 Mar 2014 Italy Milan Rocket
Tue 25 Mar 2014 Germany Cologne MTC
Wed 26 Mar 2014 France Paris Fleche d’Or
Thu 27 Mar 2014 UK London Village Underground
Fri 28 Mar 2014 UK Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Sat 29 Mar 2014 UK Glasgow Broadcast
Sun 30 Mar 2014 UK Leeds Brudenell

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The Men Reveal First Track, Pearly Gates, From New Album

Following The Men’s hotly anticipated EP, Campfire Songs, the boys have just released their latest single from their new forthcoming album, Tomorrows Hits.

Kicking off 2014 with a bang, the latest single, Pearly Gates, is available online now. Even better than this, the band have announced an extensive list of European tour dates including six in little old blighty.

The Men

The Men

After spending most of 2011 and 2012 writing albums including last year’s New Moon, The Men decided it was high time to put their feet up. Fortunately for us, this wasn’t to be. Instead they began creating new material while holed up in founding member Mark Perro’s Bushwick bedroom. Emerging three months later the boys had cut more than forty demos which they quickly made into thirteen recorded tracks.

But their work wasn’t done yet. From these thirteen, eight were chosen for the boys new LP to create the playfully named, Tomorrows Hits, with the track Pearly Gates being chosen for single release.

Pearly Gates is typical of The Men’s flirtatious relationship with genre and is decidedly upbeat. The cheery rolling gait of the track carries it for approximately a minute before Perro’s gravelly voice kicks in and reminds the listener why The Men are so consistently fresh. Full of surprises, such as Perro’s throaty groans coupled with the odd Glissando, the track provides an exciting six minutes and nineteen seconds of pure musical indulgence. Similarly, the contrast between Perro’s tuneful whine and the jazzy tinkle of the piano instantly injects the listener with a shot of warm fuzziness that showcases The Men’s signature ability to bend the rules of rock.

The Men’s new album, Tomorrow’s Hits, will be released on March 3 via Sacred Bones.

You can catch The Men live on the following dates in 2014:
Thu 13 Mar 2014 UK, Sheffield – The Harley
Fri 14 Mar 2014 UK, Brighton – The Haunt
Sun 16 Mar 2014 Holland, Amsterdam – Doka
Mon 17 Mar 2014 Germany, Hamburg – Hafenklang
Tue 18 Mar 2014 Denmark, Copenhagen – Loppen
Fri 21 Mar 2014 Czech Republic Prague 007 .
Sat 22 Mar 2014 Switzerland Zurich La Parenthese
Sun 23 Mar 2014 Italy Milan Rocket
Tue 25 Mar 2014 Germany Cologne MTC
Wed 26 Mar 2014 France Paris Fleche d’Or
Thu 27 Mar 2014 UK London Village Underground
Fri 28 Mar 2014 UK Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Sat 29 Mar 2014 UK Glasgow Broadcast
Sun 30 Mar 2014 UK Leeds Brudenell

By Nicole Pilcher

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