The Men-Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

The Men’s latest offering sees them moving slightly away from their hardcore past and towards a punk rock sound which can be heard on album opener Turn it Around.  The men continue in similar high energy fashion with Animal but also show they are not afraid to stray into new genres with the aptly titled instrumental, Country Music.  There are also more relaxed moments on tracks such as Presence, whilst The Men show they have a softer side on Candy.

On the album’s title track there’s a tongue in cheek nod to the Buzzcocks, however taking nothing away it the track is still really enjoyable.  Even in the latter stages of the record, The Men keep up the pace with tracks like Cube and Ex-Dreams.  This is a really good punk rock album with enough variety in to show the band could well end up going down a different path, The Men also prove that guitar music is well and truly alive despite many critics claiming the contrary. 

Matt Hill

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