The Men, Gun Outfit, Skrapyard | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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The Men, Gun Outfit, Skrapyard 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., April 11, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $14, $12 in advance
Some fans of post-everything punks the Men were taken aback by the alt-country twang that cropped up on a few songs from last year’s Open Your Heart—it was quite the departure from the bombastic combo of no wave, noise rock, hardcore, and heavy psych on their previous album, Leave Home. But on the recent New Moon (Sacred Bones) the genre-hopping Brooklyn band, now a five-piece, doubles down on that experiment: it’s very nearly a straight-up country record, with jangly acoustic guitars, honky-tonk piano, and wailing harmonica. Most of the songs sound awkward—it feels like the Men are struggling to play slower and stay under control—but here and there the new approach results in greatness, like the soulfully sour, raggedy Crazy Horse vibe of the album’s centerpiece, “I Saw Her Face.” My favorite tracks are when the band goes back to the ramped-up Buzzcocks-style power pop that gave Open Your Heart its best moments: “The Brass” and “Electric” are a one-two punch of raging, catchy punk, and album closer “Supermoon,” which clocks in at eight minutes, sounds a whole lot like the Stooges, screaming guitar solos and all. —Luca Cimarusti Gun Outfit and Skrapyard open.



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