This past March, prolific Brooklyn-based rockers The Men released their 5th studio album, Tomorrow's Hits, and during their tour to promote the record they stopped by KEXP to play a few songs and discuss their influences and their recording process. Check out the full performance above.
During the live performance portion, the band played two songs from the new record, as well as two from 2013's record New Moon. The first two songs were combined into one long jam session. The first track was the nearly 7-minute-long "Supermoon," which showcased the band's psychedelic rock influences with multiple killer guitar solos and long instrumental bursts. They immediately went into a track off their new record called "Dark Waltz," which demonstrated the band's classic rock influences, taking from the southern rock sounds of groups like Creedence Clearwater Revival, with punk rock roots that harkens back to the beginning of their career. The final two songs of the set follow the same pattern, one from New Moon and one from Tomorrow's Hits. The Men put on an energetic live show with and emotion in the vocals.
In the interview portion, the band talks about their recording process, some of their influences and the rest of the stops on their tour. Tomorrow's Hits, released almost exactly a year after New Moon, was recorded within just 3 days: 2 days for the tracking, with an extra day for the final tweaks. They also mentioned that their recent EP, Campfire Songs, released in between their two most recent albums, was recorded around an actual campfire. Since the band tours frequently, they mentioned that the bands they tour with often influence the sound of their next work, saying they like the challenge of incorporating something new and different on each record.
The Men Live On KEXP 4.18.2014 Setlist and Crew
Host: Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Scott Holpainen, Christopher Meister, & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Scott Holpainen
Source: KEXP YouTube Channel