THE MEN - DRIFT VINYL (LTD. ED. 'DEEP DRIFT' ORANGE)
LIMITED EDITION 'DEEP DRIFT' ORANGE VINYL
Release Date: 2nd March 2018
The New York rockers return to their label home of Sacred Bones after self-releasing Devil Music in 2016. That record helped them extract a lot of built up frustration of what it is to be a modern rock band with the constant touring just to make ends meet! Drift is therefore a hark back to The Men that we know and love, but in a progressive new form, with their unique slant on 70s folk and rock, and gritty lo-fi punk. This almost plays out as a greatest hits of the bands differing outputs, and it's a massive return to form!
"Drift is the seventh full-length by NYC rock polymaths The Men. The band’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. The album was recorded to 2" tape with Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices) at Serious Business Studios in Brooklyn. A whole pile of instruments was involved — synths, strings, sax, steel, harmonica, tape loops, on top of the usual guitar, bass, and drums. Unlike recent releases from The Men, there aren’t many overdubs on Drift — a reflection of the personalities of its makers becoming less frantic, Chiericozzi suggests. In fact, the band removed a lot of the additional parts they tried adding early on, giving the final product a bit of a ghostly feel. The songs on Drift took giant leaps and trips from their beginnings only to find the band returning to the first spark of creation."