THE EVERYMEN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
THESE MAD DOGS NEED HEROES
DUE MAY 27, 2016 VIA ERNEST JENNING RECORD CO.
ANNOUNCE ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
AT ROUGH TRADE NYC ON MAY 25
“They inject each element of their energetic rock with a palpable passion…” – NPR
“THE best band you aren’t listening to yet.” – Blurt Magazine
“An uncontained, glorious wrecking crew…” – Orlando Weekly
Ernest Jenning Record Co. is excited to announce These Mad Dogs Need Heroes, the long-awaited new album from New Jersey’s reigning kings of the road and preeminent party rockers The Everymen. The album, which was recorded in Muscle Shoals, AL with Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, will see a release on May 27, 2016. To ring in the announcement, the group has shared the album’s opener “Co-Dependent’s Day.” The track premiered via Consequence of Sound, who called it “a soulful, melodic rocker that nods to doo-wop’s heyday.” The track is available to stream or embed HERE.
Preorders for the record are available now, and the first 50 LPs preordered through The Everymen’s Bandcamp page will come with a very limited-edition bonus album cover, hand-drawn and numbered by The Everymen’s Mike V. Additionally, celebrated street artist SacSix has created 30 hand-painted album covers for These Mad Dogs, which are also available via the Everymen’s Bandcamp page. The group has also announced an album release show to take place at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on May 25.
Led by the indomitable spirit of guitarist, front man and founder Mike V and his partner in crime and soulful vocals Catherine Herrick, as well as long-time cohorts the brothers Scott and Jamie Zillitto on sax and bass respectively, and guitar/piano-man Ryan Gross, The Everymen’s sound has become a road tested force to be reckoned with, equal parts hard rock, doo wop pop and fist pumping anthems.
Though the youngest member of the band is 33 (and the oldest is 40), their youthful party-ready exuberance is countered only by the experience that comes with age and countless weeks on the road. Mike V adopted a far more optimistic writing perspective this time around, thanks to his recent marriage and not-yet-born niece, while Catherine Herrick used her songwriting as a form of catharsis to process some recent personal pain and disappointment. What results is a blend that encapsulates both the joys and pitfalls of everyday life, made by people whose lives are anything but mundane.
Mike V spent much of his 20s on DIY tours with various indie, punk and metal bands. After nearly a decade of sleeping on floors, living off of $10 a day, and crossing his fingers in hopes that the van would make it to the next city, he decided it was time to call it a day and give up on playing in a touring rock and roll band. From that day forward he would look for a real job, one with health insurance and paid vacation time. He’d still play music, sure, but it wouldn’t be anything serious — just enough to satisfy his artistic impulses. After working odd jobs around Jersey City and Brooklyn for a few years, he eventually landed a job at legendary independent record label Matador Records.
Shortly thereafter, he discovered his foil and songwriting muse. Catherine Herrick was then working as a publicist for Matador’s parent company, The Beggars Group. They had been friendly acquaintances, but it wasn’t until a post-work karaoke booze-a-thon that Mike heard Catherine singing Def Leppard‘s “Bringing On The Heartbreak” and was immediately convinced that she had to join his little sideband, and that he had to write songs for her commanding voice. Things snowballed from there, and what started as short weekend jaunts to nearby cities turned into full-fledged national tours.
In the Spring of 2014 The Everymen quit their full time jobs, and started touring as much as they possibly could on the back of their sophomore LP Givin’ Up On Free Jazz (their first for New York City’s Ernest Jenning Record Co.) In the year that followed Free Jazz‘s release, the band booked themselves solid and played just short of 200 shows.
Just as they were wrapping up their final leg of touring behind Free Jazz, the band decamped to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to track their third LP with Ben Tanner, touring member of Alabama Shakes and co-owner of esteemed Shoals label Single Lock Records. They were armed with an arsenal of new songs, and an exciting new member in guitarist and piano-man Ryan Gross.
The band spent ten days working together as unit (a first for The Everymen, as the first two albums were recorded piecemeal, member by member, part by part with Mike V being the only constant in those early sessions) with Tanner, streamlining and perfecting the eleven songs that would become These Mad Dogs Need Heroes. The Everymen would end up playing some of these songs live for the first time in front of their largest audiences to date after being offered the coveted spot as opener for two weeks of dates supporting The War On Drugs in the summer of 2015.
These Mad Dogs Need Heroes tracklist:
2. No One Seems To Matter To Me
3. Chum Pt. 1
4. Chum Pt. 2
5. Oh Sweet Lucia
6. Nick Lower
8. I Woke Up
9. Bridge And Tunnel of Love
10. My Pretty Green Eyed Carolina Girl
11. These Mad Dogs Need Heroes