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Hirsute was JD Samson, Michael O'Neill, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Emily Roysdon. The four of us wanted to start a project that met in the cross-section between music and visual art. We received a grant from the LMCC and worked in a donated practice space on Wall Street - literally in the vault of a former bank across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Various circumstances contributed to the project evolving into what became the band MEN.  At Smokey Belles, in 2007, we wrote the songs, "Boom Boom Boom", "Life's Half Price" and "Who Am I to Feel So Free", which would later be released on MEN's debut album, Talk About Body.

Hirsute at Smokey Belles, NY, 2007.

"Boom Boom Boom" (sung by Emily Roysdon), from GLU Magazine #1, 2008.

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