Sunday 9 March 2014
The Men - We Are The Men
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Noise Punk, Noise Rock, Hardcore Punk
For Fans Of: (early) Fucked Up, Lower, Cult Ritual, Raw Nerve, Iceage
Brooklyn's The Men have been turning a few heads in the couple years they've been a band. Beginning as a rowdy, noisy hardcore group, they've found their way onto Sacred Bones records and have morphed from post-punk to country-fied indie rock in the space of three albums. While I can't say I enjoy their new direction, I think it's cool they've picked up some attention and with their sound constantly evolving, it'll be interesting to see if they throw in another curveball and go back to their raucous roots. ANYWAY, this here is The Men's first release from back in '09 and it's pretty much four tracks of scuzzy punk bliss. You've got your feedback, dirty guitars, frantic drumming and scuzzy vocals coming together to form something that sounds like it crawled out of a sewer. Manic, weird and a little scary, I'd rank this up there with 'Leave Home' (this isn't quite as scary as the track 'L.A.D.O.C.H', but it's getting there) as the best thing these guys have released. Check it out.
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