Release Date : 12/03/2012 (Sacred Bones Records)
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The Men, now on their fourth album, are probably one of the most exciting guitar bands around today. Following on from last year’s ‘Leave Home’, ‘Open Your Heart’ shows them genre shifting and demonstrates their boundless invention for crafting amazingly chaotic, beautiful music. Their DIY aesthetic is still very much intact but they are certainly moving on as a band.
The Men have always had their roots in punk and opener ‘Turn It Around’ demonstrates this to perfection. Bashed out in just under four minutes, guitars are ablaze from the start and vocals are throwaway beneath the mayhem. It’s effortlessly done. With drumming bridge on exit, ‘Animal’ follows a similar vein, and is reminiscent of mid-seventies Iggy and The Stooges.