January 26, 2012 SOUNDS ⁄  BOYS TO MEN?

BOYS TO MEN?  Brooklyn’s premier DIY iconoclasts, The Men, have a tendency to jump genres with the eclecticism of a Ritalin-deprived child but their music was always unified by pure rage. On the title track to their forth-coming album, Open Your Heart, we catch a glimpse of their gentler side and we’re not sure what to think…

If their last album was Minor Threat, this one’s more Fugazi. Great – but it doesn’t make us want to toe-punt strangers’ groins and bite their ears off as they writhe in agony. Their evolution’s starting to mimic the original hardcore timeline. (Let’s hope the next step isn’t guyliner and skinny jeans…)