White Suns' scavenged instruments are of a piece with it being highly attuned to the city's economic realities. "I'm forever broke," says Visser. "I can't go out and get a Kaoss Pad or a laptop. It's about improvising and being ingenuitive with pieces of metal." The lyrics wailed by Barry touch on the hopeless lie of employment ("Skin Deep") and class warfare ("Harvest"). "There's a definite economic power structure in America," adds Barry, "and White Suns is by no means at the top of it. So our art is kind of influenced by our position in those ranks."

Pushing through the sickness: The Men.
Courtesy Sacred Bones Records
Pushing through the sickness: The Men.

Is that why the band has railed against chillwave? (Earlier this year, Barry told the Voice that the genre epitomizes a "pretend-nothing-is-happening mindset.") "It just seems lazy intellectually and it seems lazy politically too," says Barry. "That music just seems like support for some stupid lifestyle, rather than art." Adds Mark Perro, guitarist and vocalist for The Men, "I don't think we know any [chillwave] bands, but fuck those bands [Laughs]. Having not even heard them, we don't care."

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You should edit out the address of Johnson. Good article though.

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I am familiar with the Men, who are pretty damn good. It's too bad we can no longer count Pollution in the ranks of ugly sounding NYC bands; they were truly the best of 'em all.

 
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