As we all remain in prolonged mourning for Le Tigre and it’s long-ago-announced hiatus, we also must celebrate, at long last, the debut from JD Samson’s MEN.
Originally started back in 2007 as a DJ and remix side-project with the third Tigre, Johanna Fateman, Samson’s slowly grown the group’s presence over the past few years, bringing in her bandmates from Hirsute to record and play live shows while keeping Fateman on as a creative collaborator.
Now they’ve got a recently released full-lenght out on LA’s I Am Sound Records, who’ve brought us such finds as Florence and the Machines and Restless People. What we’ve heard sounds pretty party.
Check out this week’s Song of the Week to get a taste—it’s a non-album version of their album track, “Who Am I to Feel so Free,” and it features Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons, on lead vocals. It’s supremely disco-awesome…but we have to say, we LOVE the original. You can check it out on MEN’s site, buy the CD at I Am Sound, and download songs on iTunes. Ah, digital choice. Oh, and they’re playing Bowery in two weeks and the Music Hall of Williamsburg in April.
MEN photo by Donnie Cervantes; Antony photo by Alice O’Malley.