The Men
Leave Home


4.5
superb

Review

by ericfitforbattle USER (10 Reviews)
August 13th, 2011 | 121 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


It was the first time I heard Immaculada that I realized that The Men is a special band. Despite the fact that I had to spent many nights getting into this amalgamation of shoegaze, hardcore, post punk and noise, I was drawn in from the first minute, not knowing why I was so fascinated by this thick wall of sound and noises. I kept digging myself through the dark sonic clouds until I enjoyed it, until I perceived all the different shapes and shades that form this crowded sky of cutting guitars, screeching feedback layers and lulling drums. It was an awesome, rewarding experience that you're not witnessing with every album, so my excitement for their next, Leave Home, was pretty great.

As it turns out, Leave Home is The Men changing things up a little. It's not so shoegaze-y and drenched with feedback as its predecessor was, with the punk vibe being much more weighty and present. The record still has its noises and fuzzy squeaking though, but it's all dominated by indestructible punk riffs that spawn frenzy solos and angular guitar leads. It kind of feels like there is a resistant sound barrier raised by the jamming trio, set up by the unyielding drumming and the crunchy chords to absorb all those sparkling guitar sprinkles. Tracks like the instrumental rocker "Lotus", the epic "( )" and the raging "Bataille" all embrace 80s garage rock sounds and washed out psychedelia veils and stuffs them into a batch of terrific songs. "Think" ups the ante, having this dirty, gritty distortion that surely has crushed one or two amps during the recording session and burying the scrappy yelling in a driving rhythm that ruthless pushes the song forward. "L.A.D.O.C.H.", however, loosens the sonic boundaries a bit to fully exploit the force of sludgy guitars combined with grueling howls, a squall of unruly noises and rousing downstrokes that will leave you wondering if you're still listening to the same album. What's more, the closing songs "***tin' With the Shah" and "Night Landing" both add more depth and detail to the record. The former being a raw speakeasy lullaby that turns into a full-blown anthem for lenient summer night's, the album closer is maybe the most bulky punk composition on the record, offering trippin' flanger effects and askew arpeggios. While it's definitely not the most suitable track to tip a record off, it copulates with the foggy opener "If You Leave..." as the records cornerstones sound wise, balancing post punk noise and shoegaze haze with indie rock guitars and an irresistible punk drive.

Well, in the end, Leave Home is The Men being The Men, a band that picks their influences as meticulous as they craft their compositions. They make songs for music enthusiasts, albums for vinyl collecting High Fidelity dudes, and a sound that keeps blowing minds with its eternal power of sleazy 80s garages.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tuk
August 13th 2011


151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wrote this for my blog, feedback appreciated

FelixCulpa
August 13th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to see a review for this, it's really a fantastic album.

Blackbelt54
August 13th 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool someone wrote a review for this. This album slays.

MalleusMaleficarum
August 13th 2011


14350 Comments


Good review

liledman
August 13th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

djunior
August 13th 2011


796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album owns. good job

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psykonaut
August 13th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still haven't gotten around to listening to this, it's been sitting on my hard drive untouched for too long. good review, have a pos

rasputin
August 14th 2011


14550 Comments


great album, probably better than immaculada

iarescientists
August 14th 2011


5863 Comments


this album is hella rad

kount
August 14th 2011


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

think is the jam

SeaAnemone
August 14th 2011


20515 Comments


this

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Neurisis of Luna
August 14th 2011


411 Comments


so good

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2011


6094 Comments


Just saw this band play a house show. Pretty good show, I was expecting more tho. Leave Home is tremendous though, one of my favorites this year.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2011


7026 Comments


not surprised that i like the men

lobby
October 11th 2011


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ahh Bataille is so good

Blackbelt54
October 11th 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bataille is probably my favorite song

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2011


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh fuck

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Itwasthatwas
October 27th 2011


770 Comments


album rules

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2011


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this might be a 4.5

lobby
October 27th 2011


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better than Immaculada



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