The Men, Leave Home

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 07.28.11 in Reviews

In the spirit of disorder, Brooklyn’s The Men (not the Le Tigre offshoot band MEN) titled their third album Leave Home, just like the Ramones record. It’s somewhat appropriate: their amped-up-n-loud music borrows heavily from punk and metal — not to mention drone and free jazz — without sounding pretentious or retro. Think that’s a simple task? Try it. It’s easy to take apart a refrigerator, but hell to put it back together again. The same goes for even the simplest of musical forms.