The latest issue of VMAN is about to hit newsstands and in the issue, the men’s fashion magazine dives into the best music of 2011 and is spotlighting some names you may not be familiar with just yet but might want to start getting used to.
VMAN was cool enough to give MTV News an exclusive first look at a few of the gents included in their best-of roundup. Among those getting some love are John Maus, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox and Girl’s frontman Christopher Owens (above). These are some seriously talented guys we’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot about.
Did we mention that they’re pretty easy on the eyes too? Not that that’s a super important thing when it comes to a man and his music … but it doesn’t hurt either. Read on for some exclusive excerpts from VMAN’s interviews with Owens, Cox and Maus as well as a few more pics from the mag’s best music of 2011 spread.
On confusing his fans:
“If you look at history, some of the most macho rockstars and the biggest sex symbols, were very effeminate – Mick Jagger, Aerosmith, all the hair metal bands. I think it’s fun to play with society’s perceptions of masculinity. I get a kick when people seem confused by me.”
On his new album Parallax and his inspiration:
“I first heard the term used by Mark E. Smith on Fall’s Hex Education Hour as a teenager. I came back to it for this record after seeing a Dutch film called “For a Forgotten Soldier,” about a love affair between an American soldier and a young boy in Amsterdam during World War II. It got me thinking about perspectives on tragic situations like sexual abuse, and how pain is probably equal for both people involved. It’s about how one thing in space – emotional or geographic – seems different from two viewpoints or perspectives. (…) Its was her [Broadcast’s Trish Keenen] idea for me to make what we kept referring to as an alien record. These are the kind of discussions you have on tour during a 12 hour drive. There is a certain loneliness on the record that reminds me of a lunar landscape. Maybe it feels kind of eerie or empty. (…) I enjoy making music freely and without editing, then figuring out later what I meant by all of it.”
On his upbringing:
“In southern Minnesota there isn’t much culture. Basically the pop I knew was the pop you’d seen on TV or hear on the radio, with the exception of some punk stuff from California. That was pretty much it in terms of my musical education.”