MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective led by LE TIGRE’s JD Samson.
MEN focus on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music. Their music speaks of issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show.
The group began in 2007 with the DJ/production/remix team of LE TIGRE members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. With LE TIGRE on hiatus, when the duo began to write new songs, it made sense to merge their efforts with JD’s other project HIRSUTE (Michael O’Neill, JD Samson, Emily Roysdon and Ginger Brooks Takahashi).
JD and Michael now comprise the core of MEN, with Johanna Fateman and Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers. The band enjoys changing the shape of the project and collaborating every tour with new instrumentalists and visual elements. Last year they were joined by Tami Hart of the band Making Friendz and this year have been joined by percussionist Lee Free.
MEN put out their debut record, ‘Talk About Body’ on IAMSOUND Records February 2011. The band have toured extensively all over the world, played Coachella 2011 and have supported both Peaches and Gossip, and most recently supported CSS through a full US tour.