January 19, 2006

Seriously. Listen to The M’s.

My Old Kentucky Blog & Fluxblog have both posted recently on The M’s from Chicago. These guys are fabulous, I hadn’t heard them before but they just made my day:


- Plan of the ManandTrucker Speed (from upcoming album Future Women, out 2/21/06)

- Holding Up and 2×2 (from The M’s LP, 2004)

- Banishment of Love (from The M’s EP, 2002)

Here’s what some reviewers have had to say about them:

“The M’s capture that glorious moment when the British Invasion bands of the ’60s were still grappling with their love of R&B while flirting with the more sophisticated harmonies and hooks of classic pop songwriting. Melodies unfold with craftsmanlike attention to arrangement and harmonic development, but never at the expense of swagger. Sex lurks behind every androgynous turn, from falsetto harmonies that evoke T Rex’s Marc Bolan in his glam glory to rhythms that shamble like back-alley lovers loaded on cheap wine.”
- #8 on Greg Kot’s Best of 2004, Chicago Tribune, December 10, 2004

“The four M’s call Chicago home, but with their fuzzy riffs and psychedelic melodies, they could be mistaken for a bunch of British tunesmiths by the names of Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Marc Bolan, and John Lennon.”
- Spin Magazine, August 2004

“Three-part harmonies and a Kinks-inspired bounce…Garage-rock fans shouldn’t miss…”
- Jim Derogatis, Pop Music Critic for the Chicago Sun Times

Check out their website for a spate of upcoming shows. I would love to see these guys live. I am not too sure about what is going on with the pervasive alien/monster/Transformer theme on their site and in their promo pictures (see above). Kind of reminds me of the movie Empire Records where Mark eats the special brownies and then sees the Gwar monsters talking to him on the TV, and subsequently wanting to eat him. Hmmm.

Anyways, from their site: “Future Women on CD or 180 gram vinyl at Polyvinyl Records. Buy now and you’ll get the album shipped on February 10, eleven days before the February 21st release date! All this for the low-low non-Wal-Mart price of $10 (plus S&H).”

Not a bad deal, I just preordered it. I really dig their sound. I think I should have lived in the early ’60s. Born too late!

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  • thanks for all the mp3s on these guys. based on the “influences” they shold be a fave of mine – hopefully it will be so. gotta give ‘em a listen.
    you have a sweet blog.

    c — January 21, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

  • thanks for stopping by my site as well – i definitely like the M’s tunes. i was afraid they would be just another rip off band, but they’re better than that for sure. i’m going to put a link up to your blog on my site.

    c — January 22, 2006 @ 9:42 am

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