The Men @ Saint Vitus
The Men headlined a Pitchfork-produced Sandy-benefit at Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) with Widowspeak (who play Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge soon), Sweden's Lust For Youth (who also played WIERD two nights prior) and Don Giovanni-signed Waxahatchee. The show was a one-off, hometown show for the Men who will tour down under in the new year. Pictures are in this post.
I was most excited to catch The Men and Lust for Youth. The latter's synth-propelled darkwave sounded excellent in the room at Vitus, though watching the pair play was far from a live spectacle. A band like this does extremely well in a setting like WIERD at Home Sweet Home, where lights, strobes and fog are all very common-place. Made me wish I caught them there.
The Men have changed quite a bit in the past few years, so while it wasn't shocking that the band came out with four acoustic guitars in hand given some of the softer-side of Open Your Heart, it was nonetheless a side I hadn't seen before. Gone is the bubbling undercurrent of hardcore (probably my favorite era- the Immaculada/Leave Home records), with most of the tracks slanted in a Replacements-y direction but with a bit of a twang due to the addition of accordion and Rhodes. The band has definitely gone in different directions from the days of sweaty, packed-out 538 Johnson shows (pics), and I gotta say I miss those good 'ole days.
More pictures of all four bands at Saint Vitus are below.
Caleb Sacred Bones and DJ Jen Pelly of Pitchfork
Lust for Youth