The Men : Open Your Heart
The Men turned a few heads at SXSW this year with their gut-wrenchingly loud performances. A ‘cult’ band in their native NYC, the power punk collective will be introduced to Australian audiences this month when their third full length record, Open Your Heart, is released locally through Spunk. The title track aptly demonstrates their frantic tsunami of sound, where three guitarists race each other to the finish line while the singer slings a whining kind of nineties rock vocal melody and the drummer hails down murderously on the kit. It’s all a bit sloppy and simplistic, but there is something visceral and plainspoke about it, and hearing it live is like putting your head inside a jet engine.