RIYL: Metz, Cloud Nothings

Label: Sacred Bones

The Men are back, and maybe it’s just me but these guys are like an old leather jacket; it just gets more beat up and gritty and that only makes it that much cooler. This first single Maybe I’m Crazy has got some great drone grind going on with the classic horn section loaded in there. Give this a ride if you’ve loved some of the latest King Gizzard releases, which.. who hasn’t.

The Details

***Limited Edition Version: Edition of 300 hand-numbered copies, comes with alternate screen-printed wrap around sleeve, wax sealed, pressed on "Deep Drift" vinyl, and available by mail-order only. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.***

Drift is the seventh full-length by NYC rock polymaths The Men, and it marks their 10th anniversary as a band. The Men's last album, the self-released Devil Music, was the sound of a band who had been through hell hitting reset and looking to their roots to rediscover themselves. On Drift, The Men return to their longtime label Sacred Bones Records and explore the openness that Devil Music helped them find.

The immediately evident result of that exploration is the experimental quality of much of the material on Drift. Songwriters Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi chase their muses down a few dozen thrilling rabbit-holes over the course of the album’s nine tracks. The songs on Drift veer in a number of directions, but notably, almost none of them feature a prominent electric guitar. The lone exception, “Killed Someone,” is a rowdy riff-rocker, worthy of the finest moments of the band’s now-classic Leave Home and Open Your Heart albums. The rest of the album drives down stranger highways. “Secret Light” is an improvisation based on an old piano riff of Perro’s. “Maybe I’m Crazy” is a synth-driven dancefloor stomper for long after last call. “Rose on Top of the World” and “When I Held You in My Arms” are paisley-hued, psyched-out jams with big, beating hearts.

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