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The Men Announce New Album, Tomorrow’s Hits

With just over a month since the release of their last EP, The Men have announced their newest full-length record, Tomorrow’s Hits which 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.

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.

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The Men Tomorrow’s Hits artwork

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 end result reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.

UK live dates are to be announced early in 2014.

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The Men – Campfire Songs EP Review

Seven months after the release of their previous album New Moon, The Men are due to release a new five track EP entitled Campfire Songs on October 14.

The five piece punk band from Brooklyn look to build on their previous album’s success and expand exposure with their continued tour of America. The Men have been extremely busy of late as they seem to be constantly in the studio or touring. However, this will be no problem for the energetic line up of Mark Perro (vocals, guitar), Nick Chiericozzi (vocals, guitar), Rich Samis (drums), Ben Greenberg (vocals, bass) and Kevin Faulkner (lap steel).

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The Men

The Men decided to create an EP with acoustic versions of a collection of already released songs, aptly titled Campfire Songs. Campfire Songs opens, as you would expect from an album with such a title, with an acoustic guitar and fair vocals. The album starts with I Saw Her Face which, after a lengthy introduction, the audience is introduced to Perro’s vocals. Light, soft and clean, The Men ease into the album with an almost methodical feel. The repetitive metronomic tones lead into another and the audience may feel time vanish and before they know it, the next song is upon them.

If I Saw Her Face is a gradual awakening then the next track The Seeds is an alarm clock. A more familiar tone for the majority of The Men fans, The Seeds sets an early pace and doesn’t let up.  It starts with fast, clean guitar, beating maracas and comforting repetitive smooth vocals. The Seeds is a strikingly well produced song with neat arrangements and perfect vocals. The volume on each layer is extremely compatible which helps to lead on to the rest of the album.

The theme of the album continues with the third track, Water Babies. Once again The Men have added their sing-a-long, campfire feel to one of their previous releases. This version of the song completely fits with the theme of the album. However, it seems not as tight, more relaxed and maybe intentionally, as a song around a campfire would be.

The Men close the album with a fitting version of the single from New Moon, Turn Your Color and a new song for the album Patience. Turn Your Color sounds like an extension of the previous three songs and really drives home the overall theme of the album which is something The Men really wanted. Patience concludes the album and offers something a little different. The band all chip in for the vocals and the collaboration of different acoustic guitar layers and the return of the maracas which made The Seeds so uplifting are present too. The final track evokes images of one last jam around the campfire. It truly draws a line under the album and after listening to it all at once, it’s easy to see how the songs float into each other almost seamlessly. Patience is the perfect end to the album with the lyrics, “Oh let it be now…” repeated throughout the track with the guitars picking away before the end of the song.

Overall, The Men have succeeded in creating a campfire-esque EP, one in which is easily appreciated when listened to throughout as opposed to a song here and there. It offers something different to the usual material the The Men have recorded and is definitely an album worth investing in for any The Men fan.

By Luke Bennett.

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The Men To Release New Acoustic EP Campfire Songs

Campfire Songs may be the The Men’s most spontaneous release yet. While jamming around a campfire (surprising that, eh?) outside a house in uptown New York where the band recorded their latest full length release New Moon, the boys wrote and recorded an additional five acoustic songs to create their 12 inch EP.

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The Men

Available to fans from 14 October through their label Sacred Bones, Campfire Songs hails a different sound from the blatant punk rock riffs usually produced by The Men. Although previously criticised by music moguls for fraternising with the mainstream, the new EP avoids such genre confusion. Containing three existing tracks I Saw Her Face, The Seeds and Water Babies plus two original songs Turn Your Colour and Patience, fans will hear a softer and more romantic sound from the band. Nonetheless, rather than reduce The Men’s music to the realms of mass produced pop, the acoustic remakes transcend genre and instead are a piece of musical genius in their own right. In particular, the songs showcase lead singer Mark Perro’s gravelly tone, the perfect balance of grit and gentility which captivates listeners from around the globe.

The perfect example of The Men’s new found commanding gentility is the revamped, The Seeds. A compelling reconstruction stripped back and remoulded into an innately chilled track that will have you jigging along in a decidedly hill-billy manner. But before you sigh into your speakers and delve a little deeper into your punk rock collection, consider The Men’s versatility to be a testament of their musical prowess. For these men do not need to be manhandled into the confined space of category, their music is nothing but their own. Their spontaneity in creating different sounds from a variety of inspirations is the mark of truly talented musicians. And as Mark Perro once said himself: “In a world where so much has come before you, you can’t deny that it’s going to have some impact on you”. Their mature acceptance of the dilemmas of being a true individual leads the way for bands both old and new and is what makes them almost prodigal in status. Or perhaps more potently it’s what makes these boys from Brooklyn, The Men.

By Nicole Pilcher

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