Last week’s cover boys the Men released their latest album, New Moon, on Tuesday. Tonight, the dudes take the stage of the Bowery Ballroom to a sold-out crowd. And even though we spilled thousands of words in ink about these guys, there’s a bit that didn’t make the story. Here now, lotsa lotsa handy tidbits about the Men.
–New Moon was recorded over a two week period in the Catskills at a cabin in Big Indian, New York.
-Drummer Rich Samis designed New Moon‘s cover.
-The Webster Hall show in May came four days after the band returned home from recording in the Catskills. They played the majority of New Moon, and it was the first time most of those songs were played live.
-The band has another record nearly completed, and one that will further push them into the Americana realm.
–Open Your Heart was originally supposed to be a double album.
-Bassist Kevin Faulkner only recently became a full-time member, but played on both Leave Home and Open Your Heart.
-Faulkner also took the group’s press photos for Leave Home because, before joining full-time, Faulkner worked as an assistant to music photographer Danny Clinch.
-Faulkner once took a ride on Bruce Springsteen’s private jet with Clinch.
-In the cabin, the group set up the recording area in the living room with the sound and mixing area in a crow’s nest that overlooked the room. Faulkner slept on the drum sound proofing material in the living room.
-They recorded three or four songs a day.
-One day, the band went to Woodstock to find some maracas, but according to Samis, “We couldn’t find fucking maracas in Woodstock,” which sounds like an episode of Seinfeld.
-“I Saw Your Face” and “Supermoon” were both recorded in one take.
-The harmonies in “Open Your Door” were recorded in one take at 2:30 in the morning, sitting in a semi-circle on the floor. The band doubts they will play that song live.
-Guitarist/pianist/vocalist Mark Perro’s parents thought being labeled “pigfuck” was derogatory.
-Perro is 30, and the Bowery Ballroom show will be the first time his parents see the Men.
-The band travels in a big conversion van with a VCR and TV, and this will be their last tour with that van. While watching Alien and driving through Detroit, they saw a man, per Samis, “taking a shit” on the corner.
-Samis is known for doing all sorts of odd-jobs, like handing out chewing gum, helping kids move out of dorms, or delivering pizza.