Photo by Cassidy Frost
San Francisco's Strange Men are a duo that just released one of the shortest and most intriguing singles of the year. Róisín Isner and Ashley Clayton met as teenagers at a birthday party, and formed Strange men with Isner playing drums and Clayton playing an eight-string guitar/bass he made out of recycled wood, with both singing. "Hot Nights" was written in Isner's head as she waited for a bus on a cold San Francisco night. It's a seventy-second burst of indie punk. It's all fuzzed out guitars and driving drums, and in between the screaming chorus are some surprisingly lovely vocals from Isner. This is the kind of song that grabs you the way "Fell in Love With a Girl" grabbed me the first time I heard it, and I hope we hear from Strange Men sooner than later.
You can watch the video for "Hot Nights" below. The single is out now via Big Pink Records. For more on Strange Men, check out the band's website.