Video of the Week: Animals and Men

May 12th, 2010 by

We try to keep a healthy balance of the old and the new here at Maximum Rocknroll, and ANIMALS AND MEN embodies the best of both worlds. They are a great, fairly obscure DIY-style punk band that started in the ’70s, inspired by the likes of Adam & the Ants and Pere Ubu. They later evolved into the impressive minimalist punk/blues band THE TERRAPLANES, and eventually faded away. But as with so many unsung gems of punk’s past they were rediscovered and re-issued in the ’00s on Hyped To Death‘s Messthetics CD series, and an LP reissue on Mississippi Records of their three 45s and early demos.

And as seems to be de rigueur nowadays, they went ahead and reformed, played some gigs, and got some new material together to record a 12″, which was released in 2009 on Convulsive Records. As predictable as all of this is, the real shocker is that the new record is fucking great! In this writer’s opinion, it’s at least as good as the old stuff. To prove the point, here is a live version of “John of the Sword” from said 12″, which I guarantee to get stuck in your head, in a good way…

4 responses to “Video of the Week: Animals and Men”

12 05 2010
KaD (19:54:17) :

wow looks like I gotta bust out the H2D Cds on the morrow!

13 05 2010
Paul (12:00:36) :

Sorry, I had it wrong. They’re not on the Messthetics #101 comp, they have their own CD out on the Messthetics label. I corrected it in the post.

14 05 2010
julien (08:35:09) :

Video of their show in Lyon, France in september 2009:

6 03 2016
Ralph Mitchard (05:20:24) :

CD comp of 21st century recordings is available in the US from

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