Brooklyn punk outfit The Men are today sharing their new single and video ‘Anyway I Find You’, the latest to be lifted from their ninth album ‘New York City’ due out February 3rd on Fuzz Club. Where recent singles ‘Hard Livin’ and ‘God Bless The USA’ honed back in on an abrasive proto-punk/noise-rock sound, it wouldn’t be a The Men record without some detours along the way and the dusty, sun-bleached country-rock of ‘Anyway I Find You’ lives up to that promise. Watch the video HERE
The Men’s Nick Chiericozzi said of the new single: “‘Anyway I Find You’ was written in a kitchen. The album take is a bit louder and looser than the track’s original intent. It’s akin to the Bo Diddley line, ‘If I get to heaven before you do, I’m gonna make a hole and pull you through.’”
That the Men’s new album returns to a more raw, back-to-basics sound owes largely to the way in which was forged. “The New York City album was revised, reorganized and shaped until it became clear that things fall into place like the hammer driving the nail or the scythe’s swipe through the tall grass.”
First completed with a different tracklist by founding members Chiericozzi and Mark Perro alone in late 2020 using a drum machine, that version was thrown out in favour of the sound of four people getting in a room together and thrashing the songs out live. With drummer Rich Samis and bassist Kevin Faulkner in tow, the resulting LP was recorded live to 2″ tape in Travis Harrison’s (Guided By Voices, Built To Spill) Serious Business studio in Brooklyn.
Out next month, ‘New York City’ is a record that doesn’t stop moving for a second, packed full of the kind of energy you can only really capture in a live setting. “These songs became the blood of the band as the band could only exist for and of these songs. There was no place else to hang their hats. Without making this record, the group would not exist, so there really wasn’t another option. NYC is fluid. It means a lot of different things to all kinds of people. We present the record in that spirit.”