MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective that centralizes their dynamic on the power of live performance and radical potential of dance music.
The duo formed in 2007 by Johanna Fateman and JD Samson, two of the three members of Le Tigre, however, when they began to collaborate on new tracks, efforts were combined with JD's other new project Hirsute. Borrowing members from this act, MEN is now comprised of JD Samson, Michael O'Neill and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (with Johanna and artist Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers.)
Here's where we start to rant and rave and wave a triumphant flag in the face of this band.
MEN have easily just taken the winning title of our favorite song of the year so far. Only problem is, we don't know which one to pick! (and apparently, there are more tracks, that we're told are even better than these)
Off Our Backs is the perfect track to bump while you lounge poolside with a drink in your hand yet in the same respect, the grooving beat, hand claps, rad riffs and blips make it just as suited to shake your moneymaker to.
Credit Card Babie$ takes on a grittier vibe by declaring "I'm Gonna Fuck My Best/Friends...", layered over a bass heavy/guitar-centric anthemic arrangement.
We can't decide, but that's exactly what makes the mark of quality production and songwriting. A+ all around.
mp3: MEN - Off Our Backs
mp3: MEN - Credit Card Babie$
MEN play The New Museum in NYC on June 12. NOT TO BE MISSED.