To coincide with their 10th anniversary this year, Brooklyn-based four-piece The Men have announced their new album Drift, which is set for release March 2nd via Sacred Bones Records. The first track from the record ‘Maybe I’m Crazy’ is streaming now.
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.