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Photos from the 2009 OUTMusic Awards
Tagged on December 22, 2009
|New Music: MEN|
Last weekend I was standing in front the mirror, getting ready to go out dancing with a couple of gay male friends. And before I even got to my mascara, one of them was already trying to make a joke about lesbians. “What’s with dykes only liking soft rock and slow R&B from the 90s?” he quips and before he can finish, I’m shouting that it’s not true and running for my iTunes. Thanks to the new MEN EP, I have my evidence.
MEN is a Brooklyn-based group that consists of JD Samson, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Michael O'Neill, plus Johanna Fateman and Emily Roysdon working behind the scenes as writers and producers. The group began back in December 2007, when Samson teamed up with fellow Le Tigre member Fateman to do DJing and remix projects. Eventually the duo grew into the current collective and began touring. Late last June, they released their first EP called Limited Edition Demo. The songs on it are fun, quirky and clever, with unrelenting danceable beats – I’m no fan of men, but these MEN have left me swooning and wanting more.
Take the first song, “Off Our Backs,” for example. MEN borrowed the title from the historic 1970s angry feminist newspaper and have turned it into what could be a lesbian anthem: “Off our backs, and back up to lead,” they sing. “Credit Card Babie$” is my favorite on the EP. The lyrics are a sort of tongue-in-cheek, explicit musing on the problems gay couples face in having children. “I’ve gotta fuck my best, to get a little tiny baby,” they repeatedly assert and note the more expensive options: adoptions, sperm banks – “sharing our love goes on a credit card.” MEN’s music has a politics reminiscent of punk but it’s matched with a wit and pop that’s all their own. “Sontag in the crib,” they wish for at one point in “Credit Card Babie$.”
Yet what first drew me to MEN was not their lyrics, but rather the incessant, dancy rhythms of the songs, the guitar- and synth-driven beats. It’s the kind of music that makes listening and sitting still an impossible combination. It’s the kind of music that my gay male friends were expecting to hear at the club when we went out that weekend. And it’s perfect for proving—to quote another project title from Samson—that yes, “dykes can dance.”
MEN on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/men
Limited Edition Demo can be purchased on iTunes and in New York at Printed Matter, Inc.
Look out for MEN’s two fall 2009 support tours with Gossip and Peaches.
Tagged on September 8, 2009