SOURCE: Reprise Records

July 18, 2005 13:13 ET

Men, Women & Children in the Studio; Inexplicable Debut Album Coming Soon

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 18, 2005 -- Men, Women & Children is in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled debut album that will be released by Reprise Records.

The New York-based quintet, which is led by Glassjaw guitarist Todd Weinstock, makes an exuberant mix of rock, electro, funk, and a dash of disco. "The album is really all over the place," says Weinstock, something he attributes to working with several producers.

The band recorded seven tracks with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, the Faint, Rilo Kiley) at Presto Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska; three tracks with Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Ima Robot) at Pulse Recording in Los Angeles; and finished up with Jason Lader and Raine Maida at TKSTUDIO in Hollywood. "Working with different producers brought a dynamic to the record that it wouldn't have had if we had stuck with one person," Weinstock says. "We were babies before we went into the studio. We learned a lot from the experience."

Besides Weinstock on guitar, Men, Women & Children is TJ Penzone (vocals), Rick Penzone (bass), Nick Conceller (keyboards and programming), and David Sullivan Kaplan (drums). "These are all guys I've gotten to know over the years," says Weinstock, who formed the group in March of 2004. "It was only supposed to be a joke. We were going to do a few songs for fun then go back to our lives. Within six months, the band became the only thing that mattered." Men, Women & Children signed to Reprise in August of last year.

"Everyone in the group has something special to offer," Weinstock says. "That's definitely a big reason why our music comes from so many angles. Someone will bring in an idea, and it always morphs into something completely different."

Weinstock cites a long list of influences on Men, Women & Children -- everything from Kraftwerk and '70s-disco forefather Giorgio Moroder to Prince, the Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin and The Time. "We wanted to make a record that was fun to listen to," he says, explaining the music's dancefloor-friendly feel. "People always say their favorite music is therapeutic. In the '70s, people went out and danced to funk to forget their problems. I feel like a lot of music doesn't make people feel good anymore. People seem to always be feeling sorry for themselves. Not us."

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