REVIEWS: THE MEN - RETURN
”The Men play an explosive mixture of classic rhythm and blues, pop and soul, and with a swagger and enthusiasm that makes this record totally infectious…….you’d be hard pressed to find this type of music done better.”
-Jenny Alder, www.Americana-uk.com
RATING 8 out of 10
" Nearly 40 minutes of what they now call, "Neo Mod", I call it FANTASTIC! and another Album you must have in your collection if you`ve any sense of Cool! "
”Their inherent, punky flavoured r’n’b is hugely infectious…..Let’s hope they can make it to these shores for some sharp-suited, sweaty club action before too much longer.”
-Tim Peacock, www.whisperinandhollerin.com,
RATING 8 out of 10
"…this is THE album of the year so far, being so far out Men !!!"
-Goran Obradovic, www.POPISM-music.com
"Return is just the perfect blend of r'n'r, soul, beat, and pop, that can get any grumpy bastard
on the dance floor."
-Jens Kofoed-Pihl, www.Lowcut.dk
RATING 5 out of 5.
" A darn fine live band, but 'til they hit your town check out this album."
-Richard Karström, www.uppers.org
"Attack, harmony vocals, chorus and loads of love to their simple, spot-on smash hits."
-Martin Röshammar, Groove
What the press said about the selftitled first album
THE MEN from 2002:
"Sweden‚s latest export...this is a rapid fire set of foot stomping party starters" - Rolling Stone
"The boys in The Hives are a big success.....but there are things grown MEN do better than boys" - Sydsvenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
"Every tune is a winner"
-Time Off Magazine (Australia)
"MOD ALBUM OF THE MONTH"
-Scootering, May issue 2003 (UK)
"Groovy. Gritty, Outstanding"
-Dagens skiva (Sweden)
"It’s a party right from the start...these Vikings are taking over"
"So freaking danceable"
-Beat Magazine (Australia)
"The result is a big soulful smile of a party!"
-Inpress Magazine (Australia)
STORY: THE MEN - RETURN
THE MEN is a MOD outfit from Lund, Sweden, and something of a small “supergroup” since they formed out of four already established Swedish garage bands, The Sinners, The Girls, Thee Expression and Colubrids. They got together a few years ago to form the ultimate live-band; explosive, stylish, tight, groovy, cool and fun (No shoegazers!) – a band the members themselves would love to see.
For their first album THE MEN picked their songs from the same sources The Stones, The Who, The Action and The Small Faces did when they started. Simple, gutsy and groovy black R&B and soul, delivered in a white guitar group-style with high three-part harmony vocals, á la spring 1965 in London. This album was recorded quickly in a two-day session and released in Sweden by Border Music in 2002 and by Pure Pop Records in Australia 2003. Fans as well as critics both home and abroad overwhelmingly received the album. The record received great reviews in Rolling Stone and Scootering to name a few. THE MEN were rapidly becoming one of the most interesting up and coming acts on the Swedish music scene.
However, requests kept coming in from all over the world for THE MEN to write their own songs for their follow-up album THE MEN RETURN. So that’s just what they did! Twelve brand new smash hits were lovingly written, then instantly recorded by special invitation from producer Christoffer Lundquist (Roxette, Gessle, Moneybrother, Brainpool) at AGM Studios. The result was simply breathtaking and producer Christoffer Lundquist considers the record THE MEN RETURN to be “a future classic”.
Since the album was recorded in an old fashioned way, in straight live takes of performances and harmony vocals, the joyful and energetic sound is easy for the group to recreate on stage. Mod music at its best; simple, honest and melodic songs with guts and love.
As soon as Torgny Sjöö, MD of Playground Music Scandinavia, heard the tracks he immediately signed a deal with THE MEN RECORDS.
On the 23rd of May 2006 the first single “If I Can’t Have You” was released worldwide on iTunes. The fabulous new LP is due out later in the autumn - THE MEN RETURN!