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Men beat storm of indifference
Men beat storm of indifference

It's been a massive year for the Men, the Brooklyn band who play scuzzy punk rock, country ditties and everything in-between on their latest album, Open Your Heart. And not even bad weather can stop their momentum.

While October's Hurricane Sandy closed down most of New York, the quartet still lugged their gear into a bar called Don Pedro.

"The show was the night before the storm and I think it was the only show in New York that wasn't cancelled," singer/guitarist Mark Perro says.

"That show ended up being great, and it was tonnes of fun. It was at this bar that we all live nearby, and hang out at, and anyone who didn't have to travel by train was there. Everyone was stuck inside and waiting out the storm and it was fun to wait it out together."

The terror and uncertainty of the storm was the polar opposite to how the year kicked off for the Men, which saw them pick up their strongest praise yet with US tastemakers Pitchfork, among others, declaring them a band to watch.

"It was interesting and a new thing for us because we're a punk band and living this very DIY underground existence where no one even acknowledged our presence," Perro explains.

"Then you have this other world, and all these other influences, and all these other people talking to you and giving their opinion on what you should do and what you shouldn't do. It was a good thing for us and I think we learnt a lot from it. We're not opposed to people liking the record and getting into it."

Fans will have two records from the band to get into next year as they have one ready for release in March, and another being recorded this month.

"We rented a house in upstate New York in a town called Big Indian," Perro says. "We went there for a few weeks and we built a studio in the house, we worked on a lot of material and finished that record back in May. Now, we're going into a studio here in Brooklyn with some good friends of ours to work on a new record.

"We're all pretty excited about having some new instrumentation for that one; some piano and some horns and some different stuff that we haven't been able to really mess with before."

'We're not opposed to people liking the record and getting into it.'