Let’s be real; 2016 has been a shit year so far. The election cycle, the complete disregard for the lives of the off-white by law enforcement, Bowie, Price, etc.
A little over three years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting a lot of amazing new people that would set my life off in a litany of directions. I was introduced to friend of us all, really, Jim Appio around that time and it was through him, and his trusty van, that I ended up at Brooklyn Bowl to catch Titus Andronicus with an opening set from a little band called The Everymen.
After The Everymen ripped up the joint, as they are wont to do, Jim and I went back to the merch stand and introduced ourselves to the band’s Mike V. He immediately asked us for our t-shirt sizes and tossed us both shirts promoting their album at the time, New Jersey Hardcore.
Flash forward to current day, as of this writing, and that shirt is all kinds of irreparably orange around the collar and all over as I’ve worn it proudly to a Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and countless other shows. So why this whole story about a shirt? Well, like that shirt, The Everymen never stop kicking up dust all over this great country presenting nothing but who they really are inside, outside.
In these troubling times, genuine and righteous constants are welcome, and, simply put, these mad dogs need heroes. Such is the title of The Everymen’s latest and greatest LP, released earlier this Summer, which I have neglected to feature until now because, yeah, more life whirlwinds.
These Mad Dogs Need Heroes is classic The Everymen; blood, sweat and tears and rock, soul and skronk. The 11-track effort does, however, come following some life developments for all involved including Mike V’s move down south as somewhat alluded to on “My Pretty Green Eyed Carolina Girl.”
But this is The Everymen we’re talking about here, and on These Mad Dogs Need Heroes you’ll find equal parts bar room burners and soul bearing balladry. In a time when so much is uncertain and at a point in life where so much is changing, I know I can rely on The Everymen for a pure, cathartic listening session and I invite you to take the ride by streaming their latest opus below.
The Everymen Tour Dates:
Jul 30 116 E Mobile – Florence, AL
Aug 04 Monty Hall – Jersey City, NJ
Aug 05 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
Aug 06 SLIM’S DOWNTOWN – Raleigh, NC
Aug 10 Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC
Aug 14 Bourbon and Branch – Philadelphia, PA