The Men

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The Men is one of Brooklyn’s busiest bands. Formed in 2008, The Men self-released a full-length album, Immaculada, in 2010. The group’s harsh early sound, highlighted by now-departed vocalist/bassist Chris Hansell, drew the attention of Brooklyn’s fantastic Sacred Bones Records, resulting in The Men becoming a staple of the SB roster, one that boasts a diverse range of noise, experimental, and post-punk outfits. Their label debut, 2011’s Leave Home, an abrasive exploration of fuzzed-out punk jams, was the last Men record to feature Hansell, who departed the band for other projects.

A clear change in The Men’s output followed, exemplified in 2012’s critically acclaimed Open Your Heart, for which the band embraced their classic- and country-rock roots, ditching the screamed vocals and in-the-red distortion. This sound was expanded upon in last year’s New Moon, which strayed even further from the band’s punk history. They’re set to drop Tomorrow’s Hits this Tuesday, and “Pearly Gates”, the first single from the forthcoming LP, features an energetic horn section and piano. So, it’s clear that two distinct eras of The Men exist, an impressive accomplishment for a band still less than a decade old.

The jury is out on the band’s genre-bending approach, but their live show is undoubtedly action-packed. Catch them tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in advance of a full European tour launching later in the month. // DANIEL GELB

9:15pm. $13. With The Ukiah Drag + Urine Culture. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
 

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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1201 N. Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/04/2014. .

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