MEN, the new project from LE TIGRE’s JD Samson, is about to go on the road with Brazil’s dance-punk band CSS for an extensive tour of North America. In honor of this, the bands collaborated to make a split 7” vinyl of never heard before tracks of the bands swapping remixes. On one side is the CSS remix of MEN’s “Rip Off” – (CSS Desperately Seeking Julia Cafritz Rework) and the other side MEN’s remix of CSS’s “City Grrl” – (MEN Meets Grrl Remix). Besides trading the remixes, each band made the artwork for their respective vinyl sides. The split 7″ vinyl is limited to 1000 copies and for sale on tour only.
At once a band and art/performance collective, MEN focus on the energy of live performance and the radical potential of dance music. Their music speaks of issues such a wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show.
Based out of Brooklyn, the group is comprised of LE TIGRE’s JD Samson, cult icon and leader in the LGBT community, and Ladybug Transistor’s Michael O’Neill. The group began in 2007 with the DJ/production/remix team of LE TIGRE members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. With LE TIGRE on hiatus, when the duo began to write new songs, it made sense to merge their efforts with JD’s other project HIRSUTE (Michael O’Neill, JD Samson, Emily Roysdon and Ginger Brooks Takahashi). Michael and JD now comprise the core of MEN, with Johanna Fateman and artist Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers. The band enjoys changing the shape of the project and collaborating every tour with new instrumentalists and visual elements. Having sold out physical copies of their debut self-released EP MEN, the band released their debut album Talk About Body through IAMSOUND Records on February 1st, 2011. The album is available digitally HERE.
MEN’s fall tour with CSS promises to be a creative endeavor between two bands that captivates audiences with a unique artistic dynamic bound to get bodies moving on the dance floor.
MEN Tour Dates:
10/01: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue**
10/02: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom**
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Neptune**
10/06: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore**
10/07: San Diego, CA @ 4th & B **
10/09: Los Angeles, CA @ Filter Culture Collide Festival
10/10: Palm Springs, CA @ Ace Hotel
10/11: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom**
10/13: Denver, CO @ Bluebird**
10/14: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/15: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/16: Madison, WI @ Freqency
10/17: Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave**
10/18: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre**
10/21: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer**
10/22: New York, NY @ Webster Hall**
10/23: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club**
10/24: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club**
10/26: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club**
10/28: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues**
10/29: Houston, TX @ House of Blues**
10/30: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa**
11/02: Atlanta, GA @ 529 (Free Show!)
** tour dates with CSS