Fire Island might get a tiny bit more attention as an East Coast haven for LGBTQ vacationers, but Provincetown, Mass., is an equally iconic destination for queer folks looking for a beach getaway that feels more like a community than a sheltered resort.
Provincetown is also the name of the excellent new album from queer rock duo Man on Man, which is made up of real-life partners Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) and Joey Holman (HOLMAN). Not only did the couple record the lion’s share of the record at their part-time house at the beach town, but the album’s themes – which touch on everything from generational gaps to hook-ups to queer cultural appropriation – tie in well to a town that’s as bold, complicated and rewarding as the queer community itself.
From the propulsive, fizzy indie-pop banger “Showgirls” to the synth-kissed romance of “I Feel Good” to the shoegaze swath of “Gloryhole” to the J Mascis-featuring rock odyssey “Hush,” Provincetown covers a lot of stylistic ground. But the duo never loses sight of bright, buoyant hooks that make the LP feel as refreshing as a dip into the foamy waves on a sunny, breezy day.
Given that Man on Man’s second album is titled Provincetown, we decided to ask them about their favorite spots in P-Town, from bed and breakfasts to candy stores to sand dune tours.
So if you’re headed to P-Town, whether it’s your first time or fifth, make a point to bookmark a few of these insider recs — below, in their own words — about the popular LGBTQ destination spot. (But if you’re looking for a married ‘straight’ man hooking up on the DL as they detail in “Take It From Me,” well, you’re on your own.)
Man on Man’s 2023 tour dates:
07/25 – Miami, FL @ Gramps
07/26 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewing
07/28 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
07/29 – Washington, DC @ DC9
09/18 – Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
09/20 – Detroit, MI @ Third Man Records
09/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
09/22 – Urbana, IL @ PYGMALION Festival
09/23 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
09/25 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
09/27 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
09/28 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall Show Bar
09/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
09/30 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
10/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/05 – San Diego, CA @ The Whistle Stop
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Beast
10/09 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk Indoors
10/11 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
10/12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos
10/14 – Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar