On Sunday, October 9, 2011, MEN turned in their trademark show of energy, awareness, and excellence for the Toyota Antics Block Party at Filter Magazine's Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles, California. The second edition of the now annual shindig ran around the Echo Park neighborhood from October 5th - 9th, showcasing more than 75 artists from around the US and beyond, with international acts hailing from as close as Canada and Mexico and as far as Iceland and Australia...
Bringing their unique brand of radical dance music from Brooklyn, New York, the collective, who started life as a DJ/production/remix spinoff for JD Samson from the iconic Le Tigre, showed the eager LA crowds just how to shake off some technical difficulties and still close out a set strong. They also answered the very modern musical question: "What happens if you send the laptop you use in your live set clattering to the ground?" (Answer: "Nothing good.")
As JD, Michael O'Neill, and Lee Free performed tracks including “Credit Card Babies,” “Off Our Backs,” “Boom Boom Boom,” “Take Your Shirt Off,” and “Who Am I To Feel So Free” from MEN's debut album, Talk About Body, the beats came thick and fast, the hooks were deep and infectious, and the subject matters of gay-baby-making, war-based profiteering, feminism, and gender politics presented a unique simultaneous opportunity to think deep and dance hard.
MEN's debut album, 'Talk About Body,' is available now on IAMSOUND Records.