THE MEN Announce New Album ‘New Moon’

The Men New Moon cover art

With their fourth full-length album to be released in as many years, The Men are set to release New Moon, the most intensely personal and immersive installment yet. New Moon is the follow up to their well-received 2012 release, Open Your Heart. The record’s first single, “Electric”, will be released on 7-inch vinyl on January 22.

The Men quit the city in early 2012 to head for Big Indian, NY – transforming a remote Catskills locale into a full-fledged stray dog studio home. Taking complete advantage of dry eyes and clear mountain mornings, the band thoroughly surrendered their writing process and themselves to the recording environment.

Entering with only the most skeletal sketches, the house was selected as an incubator for its technical limitations, 32-hour orbit and predisposal to celestial intervention. Familiar faces remain, the core of guitarists Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro, with drummer Rich Samis all returning from 2012’s much-acclaimed Open Your Heart. Friend and producer Ben Greenberg (Pygmy Shrews, Hubble, Zs) officially joins the ranks as bassist on paper, and full-bore compositional partner in practice. In tandem, wayward brother Kevin Faulkner occupies his most substantial sphere to date, dreaming aloud on lap steel.

The Men’s oft-cited commitment to their “no-one-is-frontman” maxim surely insists itself all the more emphatically here. — so much so that it practically creates a new band in the process. This smiling observance induces a fresh fluidity amongst their roles and instrumentation, incorporating at various junctures piano, mandolin, harmonica, four-part vocal harmonies and even no-input harsh noise. New Moon is simultaneously an expansion of palette and a contraction of focus. It is a love letter devoted in bowed humility to the grand continuum, exposing the hoax of the great divide. Allegiances to the glowing patinas of Detroit and San Francisco, New York and Nashville all abound, but ‘nostalgia’ is not her name. The band’s clear ethos is to revisit but never retread.


01. Open The Door

02. Half Angel Half Light

03. Without A Face

04. The Seeds

05. I Saw Her Face

06. High and Lonesome

07. The Brass

08. Electric

09. I See No One

10. Bird Song

11. Freaky

12. Supermoon


Mar 07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Mar 09 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

Mar 14 Paris, FR – Point FMR

Mar 15 Kortrijk, BE – De Kreun

Mar 16 Bruxelles, BE – Magasin 4

Mar 17 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Mar 18 London, UK – Rough Trade

Mar 19 London, UK – Garage

Mar 20 Nijmigen, NL – Merlyn

Mar 21 Copenhagen, DK – Stengade

Mar 22 Berlin, DE – Festaal

Mar 23 Prague, CZ – 007 Club

Mar 24 Vienna, AT – Arena

Mar 25 Budapest, HU – Gozsdu Mano Klub

Mar 26 Ljubljana, SL – Menza

Mar 27 Zagreb, CR – Club Mocvara

Mar 28 Belgrade, SE – Grad Beograd

Mar 29 Skopje, MA – Menza Pro Koritu

Mar 30 Tessaloniki, GR – 8 Ball Club

Mar 31 Athens, GR – AN Club

May 31 Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas

Jun 01 Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas


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