RELEASING your album on International Men’s Day (November 17) and calling it “Killmens” is certainly provocative. It’s the sort of exclamation 1960s radical Valerie Solanas might make — if she was reincarnated as a 21st century Lolcat.

“You mean like: ‘I can has cheeseburger’?” says Monoganon lead man John B McKenna. “I think you’re on to something there as there’s a total reduction of the ideas I was having to the very basic words. Somebody had said — with utter irony: ‘kill all men’. I was thinking of that and about hormone cycles and what if men were also connected to a celestial body or power. There’s a comic book writer who’d already coined the word “killmens” as meaning a kind of male period. So that was enough for me to decide on it as a name.”

The follow-up to 2013’s FAMILY, Killmens was whittled down from 24 tracks — which McKenna had originally intended to release as a double cassette album — to 10 songs touching on macho loathing, teenage sexual experimentation, arachnophobic nightmares and, on psychedelic lead single Black Hole, surviving an armed robbery.

McKenna, who moved from Scotland to Sweden six years ago, explains the two sides of the vinyl record mirrors two distinct parts to Killmens. Whereas the first side was written and recorded in Glasgow with bandmates Andrew Cowan (guitar), Susan Bear (bass) and Keith Smith (drums), the other was mostly recorded on his own at home in Malmo.

“A lot of things changed,” he says. “There was a change of heart in the direction that things were going. I decided to stop pressurising the music and just let it take the time that it needs. That allowed everyone else do their own thing. Susan went off on tour with Tuff Love and Andrew started his own band called Yous. It’s really good to let things flourish like that and let things happen in their own way.”

While the title might have some expecting angry punk rock and overtly political lyrics, Killmens is characteristic Monoganon: dreamy, unexpectedly melodic and with a lyrical emphasis on emotion.

“I do have my own political leanings and I think a part of me believes that I am encrypting my beliefs inside the songs,” McKenna says. “And other times I don’t know if that’s a true statement or I’m just saying that to make myself feel better about being really narcissistic.”

As well as supporting Pictish Trail aka Lost Map Records head Johnny Lynch as part of his Winter Rewind Acid Reflux tour, Monoganon and Lynch will also appear at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on November 25 as part of the inaugural Alternative Peers Ball.

Presented by DJ Vic Galloway, the

night also features sets by LuckyMe, SKJOR, Siobhan Wilson, Man Of Moon, Meursault as well as a full headline set from Django Django.