Dance. Think. Rock out. Rinse. Repeat. Le Tigre have followed that formula for over a decade with their signature electro-punk dance grooves and outspoken lyrics. The band is very much still together (their exploits are in a recent documentary that hits DVD shelves soon), but that hasn’t stopped mix-master members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman from exploring other musical interests. The Brooklyn-based MEN is much more than simply a side project. It actually started out as a DJ production company for the Tigre duo in 2007. After a while, another band Samson was part of (Hirsute) joined forces, and together they made MEN’s new album Talk About Body. Hirsute musicians Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Michael O’Neill, and Emily Roysdon appear on the album but the touring company of MEN actually consists of Samson, O’Neill and Tami Hart.
I chatted with Samson earlier this week, and asked him to talk about his “Body,” Le Tigre’s next moves, and the deep issues (sex, politics, war… what have you) that both of his bands address in their songs. Continue reading