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The Men

Tomorrow's Hits

12" LP

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$14.99

Quick Overview

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. The converted founding member Mark Perro s bedroom in Bushwick into a practice space and rehearsed there nearly every day for three months, 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, even including a horn section.

Eight songs from those sessions made the final cut for The Men s 2014 LP, Tomorrow s Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow s Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band s ever-evolving musical palette. It s full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.

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Their fifth album in as many years, the Men prove themselves to be not only prolific, but wildly versatile on Tomorrow's Hits. Following suit with 2013's New Moon, the album finds the Brooklyn band continuing their astounding evolution from abrasive noisemakers to full-on bar band. Embracing the sounds of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Seger, the band merge the earnest, rollicking sounds of rock's past with a production aesthetic that still feels like their own. Given the band's starting point, what makes Tomorrow's Hits such a surprise isn't so much how much the band has changed, but how fast. Recorded just before the release of New Moon, the album really captures the excitement of a group of musicians following their muse wherever it might lead them. And that unfettered sense of exploration and growth really comes through on the album, which feels effortlessly adventurous, as the band goes full-on E Street Band, with horns and all, on the rollicking "Another Night." While there are plenty of bands who like to change things up from album to album, and even more willing to flood you with more releases than you know what to do with, the Men are unique in their ability to do both, and do them well at that. Though it's titled Tomorrow's Hits, the album is a well-written love letter to yesterday's rock & roll. Though this means the album's sound isn't nearly as revelatory as the sonic assaults of their earlier work, the Men continue to prove that, above all, they're a band that know what they're doing, even if they don't know what they're doing next.

Additional Information

Artist The Men
Track Listing 1 Dark Waltz - 5:13 2 Get What You Give - 3:20 3 Another Night - 5:28 4 Different Days - 4:31 5 Sleepless - 3:11 6 Pearly Gates - 6:16 7 Settle Me Down - 4:58 8 Going Down - 3:41

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