Connect with us

Features, Interviews and Such

On the Record:

All music is reviewed by the fine folks at Gravity Records, located at 612 Castle St. Visit them here.

The Men
New Moon
Sacred Bones Records 2013

Recorded in a cabin in the Catskills, New Moon finds a group that has shed its post-hardcore tendencies for more of a Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty) influence.  A feat accomplished successfully, The Men managed to retain their sonic thumbprint even if not physically recognizable as they once were.

Shortly after the release of the band’s second album, Open Your Heart, The Men parted ways with bassist Chris Hansell, who was responsible for the more abrasive songs in their repertoire. Hansell’s punk tendencies were no longer in-step with The Men’s ever-changing sound.  A large part of the change came with producer Ben Greenberg, who was not only promoted to Hansell’s former position but immediately began singing and songwriting with founding members Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi.

What are the results of all of this change? New Moon is the most cohesive release from The Men yet—an effort that sees a group of guys growing into what they profess (and want) to be. Acoustic guitars are front and center (think more scrape and clang rather than old white-guy strumming). Lap steel and harmonica are common place amongst songs that still sound startling reminiscent of The Men we have “grown” to love.

And that is the key word for The Men these days: grown.

Merge Records 2013

Clocking in at 35 minutes (2 minutes longer than his previous personal best), Dormarion finds Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) stepping ever-so-slightly outside of his melodic indie pop-rock comfort zone. This is in-part due to Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) coming out from behind the board and Spoon’s Jim Eno hopping into the Captain’s seat. This changing of the guard results in a tougher heftier sound for Lerner who doesn’t shy away from expanding Telekinesis’ sonic footprint on his third release.

In addition to new soundscapes, there are new instruments for Telekinesis this time around, as well as Lerner toying around with synth-pop sounds on a few tracks throughout Dormarion. Although beefier with more to chew on and digest than any of his previous efforts, Dormarion still sounds remarkably like what it is at its most basic element: a new Telekinesis album. And, honestly, wouldn’t we’d be disappointed if it didn’t?

Newsletter Signup
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome Home, Heath:



Best Of Wilmington



WELCOME HOME: Annie Tracy celebrates her latest EP back in ILM


Encore Magazine regularly covers topics pertaining to news, arts, entertainment, food, and city life in Wilmington. It also maintains schedules and listings of local events like concerts, festivals, live performance art and think-tank events. Encore Magazine is an entity of H&P Media, which also powers Wilmington’s local ticketing platform, Print and online editions are updated every Wednesday.

Newsletter Signup

Thank you for signing up for our newsletter.

© 2019 | "Your Alternative Weekly Voice"

Newsletter Signup

Thank you for signing up for our newsletter.