"We wanted to do something with more of a punch" – hmv.com talks to The Men
New York punk rockers The Men don't mess about, since their 2010 debut Immaculada, they've put out an album every single year and 2014 is no exception. We spoke to Nick Chiericozzi about their new LP Tomorrow's Hits…
You finished this album almost a year ago, why wait until now to release it?
"Yeah, we were hoping to put it out in October, but in the end it got pushed back and we held on until now. We're excited to get it out there now though."
You recorded it quite quickly right?
"We always record that way, normally it's over a few days, this time it was 12 days, and we're normally pretty good at getting things done."
It's eight songs long, why did you settle on that number?
"We like it when records are shorter, our last record was 12 songs and we thought that was too many, we like short bursts. We wanted to do something with more of a punch. This winds up at about 30 minutes, which is just right for us."
What kind of record is it lyrically?
"There's a lot on there. A lot of my family is from Georgia and I got really inspired by a lot of the folk music from down there and how the words are used. There's a mixture of other things, the usual songs about being on the road and travelling, our little take on that."
You've been sat on this album for a year, so are you quite advanced with your next record?
"We're all in a bunch of side projects as well as our own bands. Me and Mark (Perro) are in this project called The Dream Police and we've made a record that we're just done mixing. So we're all busy with other stuff as well as this band."
Are you touring for the rest of the year?
"Kind of. I think we're booked solidly through the summer and I imagine the rest of the year will fill up too."
The Men's new album Tomorrow's Hits is out now and you can preview it by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page.