I don't know why it has taken me this long to see The Men live. I was first introduced to these guys when I graduated college and "Please Don't Go Away" became the furious anthem to my then stampeded heart. Getting older and into heavier music Leave Home (although the precedent of Open Your Heart) became more appealing to me, drowning out anything and everything in my life with "Think" and "L.A.D.O.C.H." Then The Men created another representation of what they are with the supremely noisey and loud blue collar rock, giving me a mellower outlet for long work shifts and sleepless nights tending to my ailing father's needs. These vignettes of situational anxiety and the music that accompanies it shows anything from my perspective as a photographer, its that was hard to make a photo of a band that is so diverse in their catalogue and presentation. Exemplified between these two shots, made minutes apart in two different songs of their set at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. The facial expression and the noise-punk-folk ambiguous rock and roll produced swings erratically.