January 9, 2013

The Daily Choice: The Men – Electric

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The Men might have put out the best pure rock ‘n’ roll album of 2012. Open Your Heart is the kind of big riff, hard-charging, smart rock that we don’t get to see very much anymore and to be honest, I was surprised that it came out of The Men’s camp. Past albums from the group seemed steeped in a more scorched-Earth sort of post-punk, music that you’d play in your house when all the guests had gone home. Open Your Heart seemed to be a step towards a more palatable sound, the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that would start mosh pits in big venues, but could be analyzed and broken apart and still hold water. Thus, it’s exciting to see what’s next for the band, what direction they move towards as their star continues to burn brighter. “Electric”, off the upcoming Sacred Bones release New Moon seems to be a nice middle ground between the old and the new, a blast of discordant guitar that slowly bleeds in to a enjoyable wrecking ball of a song.

New Moon will be released on March 5th on Sacred Bones.

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