They were definitely inspired by Shellac, and their second full length album "Beast One/Man Nil", which I wasn't involved in the making of at all, was actually mixed by Bob Weston, the bass player of Shellac.
I still regret leaving the band, but well they are no more anyway, so way too late to regret that, and honestly with how I struggled with depression and a building up psychosis at that point, which broke out a couple of years later, it isn't like I really had all that much of a choice.
I appreciate that you like the music though.
I wrote most of the "lead" bass work for the tracks "Hell is in Texas" and "One is All" (the latter I actually played on on the version of that song that is featured on Menfolk's previous 4 track EP "Are We Enemies"), as well as I wrote the bass line that predominantly makes up the track "The Simplicity of Not Knowing", but as said I didn't actually play or record anything for the album "Colossus".
However, even though I didn't actually play or record anything on that album, and only helped write a few of the songs on it, it is still my personal absolute favorite of their releases.
The 4 track EP "Are We Enemies" is pretty nice too though, and on that one I played all of and wrote most of the "lead" bass parts (that is when not playing unison with either the guitar, just an octave lower, or the other more traditional bass (the funky hook guitar riff on the title track "Are We Enemies" that I later join in on an octave lower was actually written by me too)), and even wrote the lyrics for the track "Patterns of a Reason" on that EP.
All the lyrics, with the exception of that track, and the 2 tracks on the 2 track single "Double Date" (that is named so because it was actually a split single with our friends and label mates "The Unit"), which was written in a collaboration between me, the drummer and the guitarist/vocalist, were otherwise all written by the guitarist/vocalist.
And while we all contributed to the compositions the drummer, as I mentioned kind of acting as the unofficial band leader, was the main driving force behind the compositions, as well as he was acting as our recording technician, producer, as well as taking care of mixing our tracks, except for on their last full length "Beast One/Man Nil", which, as said, was mixed by Bob Weston.