The Men will release their fifth studio album, Tomorrow’s Hits, on March 4th, 2014 via Sacred Bones. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full over at NYTimes.com.
The follow-up to last year’s excellent New Moon is described as their “highest fidelity album to date”, having been recorded at a “high-end studio.”
According to a press release, the album’s eight songs were culled out of “a pool of over 40 demos written and recorded in guitarist Mark Perro’s Bushwick bedroom during a three-month period last winter.” Production took place at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studios, surprisingly prior to New Moon‘s release, and horns were included.
“We toured a lot that year and we took a month in November and most of October to write songs, and we used Mark’s bedroom as the rehearsal space,” guitarist Nick Chiericozzi told Prefix earlier this month. “We brought a lot of acoustic guitars, sort of deadened the drums; we played in his apartment and wrote the record there. Then we went in [to the studio] and kind of banged it out in two days in December. That was it. Yeah, it was pretty quick! And it sounds so good. It’s kind of funny, you know. It took us the least amount of time in the studio, and we ended up with maybe the best sounding thing.”
Chiericozzi added, “It was a long time ago [writing and recording the album]. I agree with you, I like the tightness of Tomorrow’s Hits. But live, we really like to stretch songs out, experiment, and work with improvisation to achieve a whole new experience. The record is its own experience, but when documented live it becomes more aggressive, in terms of feeling I guess, because of the volume. We like to play loud, you know, we’re kind of a louder band.”
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing. Below, watch a performance of “Settle Me Down” from a recent KEXP live session:
Tomorrow’s Hits Tracklist:
01. Dark Waltz
02. Get What You Give
03. Another Night
04. Different Days
06. Pearly Gates
07. Settle Me Down
08. Going Down