Brooklyn quintet The Men have made LP releases a prolific habit, racking up an album a year since 2010.
In that quick succession, they’ve diligently worked through various guitar-powered gears – from the punk and post-hardcore roots showcased on 2011’s ‘Leave Home’, the band’s first LP for Sacred Bones, through to an easier rock comfort zone.
Album number five, ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’ finds them genre-hopping again, as they did on both 2012’s ‘Open Your Heart’ and 2013’s ‘New Moon’. It makes for a focused, solid offering.
Soft percussion, jaunty keys and heavy harmonica on ‘Sleepless’ create an easy-going vibe, and ‘Pearly Gates’ is all breakneck guitar licks and saxophone squall.
But it’s the frenetic, hoarse-throated intensity of ‘Different Days’ (below) that shows The Men at their most honest.
Words: Reef Younis
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