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The Flatliners New Album Due Out This Friday

Flatliners ILThe Flatliners are streaming a new song, Indoors, the track appears on the band’s upcoming studio LP, Inviting Light, that is due out on 7th April on Rise Records. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will then tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers, the band is also confirmed to play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California.

The new album, Inviting Light, can be pre-ordered here

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Video: The Menzingers – ‘After the Party’

The MenzingersPhiladelphia indie-punkers The Menzingers have posted a video for After The Party.  The song is the title track from their recently released full length, the band’s third, which dropped back on February 3, 2017 via Epitaph Records

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The Flatliners Stream New Track From ‘Inviting Light’ LP

Flatliners ILThe Flatliners are premiering a new song, Indoors, the track appears on the band’s upcoming studio LP, Inviting Light, that is due out on 7th April on Rise Records. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will then tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers, the band is also confirmed to play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California.

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PunK Rock Bowling Announces 2017 Lineup

Punk Rock BowlingPunk Rock Bowling, the Las Vegas based punk festival due to take place on the memorial day weekend (May 26-29th) has announced it’s lineup for 2017 will feature the likes of Vandals, Street Dogs, The Menzingers and Television amongst others.

Tickets for PRB 2017 are available here.  

You can check out the full list of bands below.

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The Menzingers

The Menzingers

After The Party

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Philadelphia rough-punks The Menzingers arguably stumbled in their follow-up to their genre defining punk rock pinnacle, On The Impossible Past.  Perhaps it was nerves, or just wanting to try something new, but Rented World lacked the same double header of spontaneity and sophistication, instead coming across somewhat muted.  A valiant effort, but one that came up short.  Now on their fifth studio full length, After The Party, the band attempts to clarify the direction they set out to achieve on Rented World.  Time seems to have been on the quartet’s side, as on this renewed attempt the band seems more in tune with their intent, and grown into their age.

First things first though, After The Party is not an explosive showcase circa On The Impossible Past.  Rather, it’s evidence of a punk troupe settling into a more sustainable mid-career sound.  Comparisons have been made to bands settling into themselves – like Title Fight and Gaslight Anthem.  It’s hard to disagree.  While a punk band grappling with entering their collective thirties is no revelation, the band approaches the topic with tongue-in-cheek tact.  Opening with “20’s (Telling Lies),” The Menzingers formally close out their twenties and turn to making meaning out of the next decade.  “Everyone keeps asking me, what are you going to do now that your twenties are over,” Greg Barnett questions after rattling off lyrics about loose lips and late night dives.  The track closes out on a quiet note, with the band taking a somber look at their future amidst a dampening backdrop.  What follows is a collection of opportunities and ideas, like fleeing from “midwestern states” in a track of the same title, getting caught in the crosshairs of a love-interest’s ex (“Charlie’s Army”), or hiding one’s transgressions behind a family name and religious affiliation (“Bad Catholics”).  The Menzingers may frame After The Party with a single question, but they respond with a myriad of possibilities.

While The Menzingers may be leaving some of the zestful, youthful energy in the past, they remain every bit as capable of turning out chorus after chorus of catchy, ear-grabbing melody.  Sure, the average track is safer than past works, and Barnett doesn’t belt in angst as he did a decade ago (nor does Tom May blast his vocal chords as often as in the past), but the band’s passion and lyrics still land naturally.  “A little Irish in your blood, a little Polish in your name, a little Boston in your attitude, just the way you were raised,” sings Barnett on “Wings (Your Wild Years)” with a seasoned combination of entangled clean and throaty vocal calls.  His veteran cries run deep, with his clean vocals continuing to deeply impress for a guy with such a ragged set of pipes.  By and large, Barnett aligns his style with each track’s instrumental focus.  From mid-tempo toe-tappers (“House On Fire”), to embery slow burners (“Bars”), and quick pumping pulsers (“Cemetary’s Garden”), The Menzingers thoughtfully connect to each track.

There will be some people that continue to mourn what The Menzingers have since left behind.  But they are the same people that refuse to give up their twenties and would be well advised to listen closely to After The Party.  The worst that can be said of After The Party is perhaps that some of the songs feel comparatively “safe.”  But unlike complaints about Rented World’s toothless warbling, After The Party frames this comparative difference with lyrical and emotional warmth.  As The Menzingers make clear, growing old doesn’t necessarily mean growing up, even if you endure some inevitable maturation.  Or in reference to the title, life goes on – even after the party.

The Menzingers – Thick As Thieves

The MenzingersPhiladelphian indie-punk band The Menzingers has premiered a new track.  The song is titled “Thick As Thieves,” and is lifted from their new album, After The Party, which is set to drop on February 3, 2017 via Epitaph Records

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Video: The Menzingers – Lookers

The MenzingersPhiladelphian indie-punk band The Menzingers has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Lookers,” and is lifted from their new album, After The Party, which is set to drop on February 3, 2017 via Epitaph Records

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The Menzingers Announce New Album

The MenzingersPhiladelphian indie-punk band The Menzingers has announced plans for their next full length.  The album will be titled After The Party and is set to drop on February 3, 2017 via Epitaph Records.  The band last released Rented World in 2014 on Epitaph Records

 

Pre-orders are available.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Bad Catholics,” which can be heard below.

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The Menzingers Premiere Irish Cover Tunes

The MenzingersThe Menzingers have premiered new new covers of traditional celtic folk songs.  The songs include “Dirty Old Town” and “Whiskey In A Jar.”  The band released Rented World back in 2014 via Epitaph Records.

Listen to both songs below.

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The Barnett Brothers Kick Off UK Tour

Barnett Brothers Tour PosterThe Barnett Brothers, aka Bobby Barnett of Captain, We’re Sinking and Greg Barnett of The Menzingers are set to kick off their UK tour tomorrow in Norwich UK. The tour will see them play 9 shows in 10 days.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Tours: Greg Barnett / Bobby Barnett (UK)

The MenzingersGreg Barnett known for his work in The Menzingers and Bobby Barnett of Captain We’re Sinking have announced details for a shared January tour in the UK. 

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: The Menzingers /Restorations / MeWithoutYou

RestorationsBoston, Philadelphia’s Restorations has announced that they will be joining forces with The Menzingers and MeWithoutYou for their full U.S. co-headlining tour this fall.  Baltimore’s Pianos Become The Teeth will serve as support on all dates. Tickets are now available.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: The Menzingers – Where Your Heartache Exists

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the track, “Where Your Heartache Exists,” which appeared on last year’s album, Rented World, available now through Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Taking Back Sunday / letlive. / The Menzingers

Taking Back SundayLong Island rockers Taking Back Sunday will soon set out on a 2015 North American spring tour with Los Angeles post-hardcore band letlive. and Philadelphia punks The Menzingers. Check out the tour dates below.

With this tour Taking Back Sunday are continuing support of their 2014 release Happiness Is via Hopeless Records.

Lead vocalist Adam Lazzara said:

“Touring is probably the most rewarding thing we do as a band. Being able to look people in the eye and see what these songs mean to them as you are playing them is an experience that is hard to describe. We’ve done a lot of festival and co-headlining dates since Happiness Is was released, but we are really looking forward to our upcoming headlining dates where we can play a little bit longer and dive into the album and our catalog a bit more. We also have a few extra tracks from the Happiness Is recording which should be making an appearance around that time.”

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Tours: Taking Back Sunday / letlive. / The Menzingers

Taking Back Sunday 2014Long running alt-punk act Taking Back Sunday has announced plans for a Spring 2015 tour.  The tour will feature support from The Menzingers and Letlive, with the band continuing to support their latest full length, Happiness Is.   Lead vocalist Adam Lazzara expresses the band’s excitement:

“Touring is probably the most rewarding thing we do as a band.  Being able to look people in the eye and see what these songs means to them as you are playing them is an experience that is hard to describe.  We’ve done a lot of festival and co-headlining dates since Happiness Is was released, but we are really looking forward to our upcoming headlining dates where we can play a little bit longer and dive into the album and our catalogue a bit more.  We also have a few extra tracks from the Happiness Is recording which should be making an appearance around that time.”

A video teaser for the tour can be viewed below.

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The Menzingers announce Midwestern tour dates with La Dispute & Tiny Moving Parts

The MenzingersThe Menzingers have announced that they will be heading on tour with La Dispute and Tiny Moving Parts.  The band continues to support their latest album, Rented World, released back in April on Epitaph Records.

Full tour dates can be found below.

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The Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore (Acoustic)

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers recently performed their latest single, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore,” acoustically.  The album version appears on, Rented World, which was released last week via Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

Watch the live acoustic performance below.

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Video: The Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the track, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore,” which can be found on their freshly dropped alvum, Rented World, which was released yesterday Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

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The Menzingers - Rented World

The Menzingers

Rented World

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Upon release, The MenzingersOn The Impossible Past made waves. A powerhouse of emotional punk rock, the album made the Philadelphia four-piece the defacto punk band of the 2010s. Years from now it’ll be held in the same league as Re-inventing Axl Rose, Suffer, Milo Goes To College, How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Caution among others. Following up an album of such magnitude is a difficult task; and two years later when they finally returned with Rented World – it seems they have fallen short.

Where On The Impossible Past bustled with intensity, urgency and sheer, unfiltered honesty pulling the listener in every direction, Rented World seems muted. The songs play through overly predictably, the lyrics too wordy without the emotional resonance or catchiness of its predecessor and you miss the overly aching yells of Tom May who doesn’t appear nearly enough. Reining everything in, the album lacks the punch that propelled On The Impossible Past and generally takes a step back into the mid-nineties alt-rock days – only with even more production layers.

The most aggravating element is Rented World’s fluctuations between promising and forgettable – as if they’re teasing the listener with songs showing what they could do but never fully capture the momentum. The second single of the album, and opening track, I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore picks up where they left off, a fiery rock anthem about being a gentleman the only way punks can be gentlemen. It leads the album with the right foot forward, but then Bad Things passes by without impact and Rodent – despite a very cleaver chorus – just seems a tad too generic.

The Talk is a balls-to-the-wall punk anthem, merging Green Day with The Clash and gives the album a much needed kick after the abysmal Transient Love that gets skipped over during every play. In Remission, the lead single, has the type of wordy lyricism the band is known for and it works but the same can’t be said for Sentimental Physics.

Rented World still sounds like The Menzingers – Greg Barnett’s vocals are sufficiently distinct enough to ensure that; but it doesn’t feel like one. Every second song falls into the background, overly produced and far too slick without the emotional pull that makes The Menzingers The Menzingers. After On The Impossible Past had such a strong impact, I want Rented World to be carry forward that tradition; but a few dozen listens in and it still hasn’t grown on me.

The Menzingers Full Album Stream

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers has debuted a full album stream.  The album is their hotly anticipated upcoming record, Rented World, which is due out on April 22, 2014 via Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy Spin.

Tours: The Menzingers / Lemuria / Pup / Cayetana

The MenzingersThe Menzingers have unveiled the supporting acts for their upcoming US Headlining Tour. Joining them on the month long trek will be Lemuria, Pup and Cayetana

The Philadelphia four piece will be touring in support of their forthcoming album Rented World, due out April 22 on Epitaph.
 
Rented World is the band’s follow-up to their 2012 release On The Impossible Past. They recently released their first single I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore which can be heard below.

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The Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, Rented World, which is due out on April 22 via Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

Listen to the track here courtesy Pitchfork.

Tour: The Menzingers

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers has announced new US Summer tour dates.  The band will be supporting their upcoming album, Rented World, which is due out on April 22 via Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

Dates can be found below.

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The Menzingers Announce New Album; Debut First Video

The MenzingersPhiladelphia-based band The Menzingers has announced details of their fourth full length.  The album will be titled Rented World and is due out on April 22 via Epitaph Records.  The album follows their 2012 effort, On The Impossible Past.

The band is streaming a brand new song and video for the son “In Remission,” here courtesy Noisey.  The track listing can be found below.

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The Menzingers / Off With Their Heads Winter Tour

The Menzingers Off With Their HeadsEpitaph Records label mates The Menzingers and Off With Their Heads are currently on tour across the US with the latter heading to Australia for a series of dates with The Smith Street Band before heading to Europe for several festival shows. 

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Menzingers, Chixdiggit & More Added To Pouzza Fest

Pouzza Fest 4The second set of bands have been announced for the 4th annual Pouzza Fest. Joining the previously announced list of bands such as Dillinger Four and Mad Caddies for the weekend punk festival is Tim Barry, The Menzingers, Chixdiggit, Deals Gone Bad, Dig It Up and more.

The full list of bands can be seen here with more bands scheduled to be revealed soon.

Pouzza Fest takes place on May 16, 17 and 18th 2014 in downtown Montreal, Quebec.

Bouncing Souls Announce New Drummer

Bouncing SoulsNew Jersey punks Bouncing Souls have announced that George Rebelo (Hot Water Music) is their new drummer after Michael McDermott left the band after 13 years.

He is already playing live shows and his first appearance on record will be a split release with The Menzingers due for release in November.

Tour: The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die (US)

The World Is A Beautiful PlaceCT indie rockers The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die (TWIABPAIMNLATD) have announced a fall tour alongside a veritable who’s who of the punk rock world. The tour includes shows with the likes of Pity Sex & Modern Baseball, Brand New, The Front Bottoms, Daylight and The Menzingers.

TWIABPAIMNLATD are supporting their latest full length, Whatever, If Ever, which was released via Topshelf Records in June of this year. It can be heard over on their bandcamp page now.

Full tour dates below:

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The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past

The Menzingers

On The Impossible Past

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve recently been trying to find a way to explain what punk means to me, or what punk is to my generation. As I walked across the downtown Vancouver in pouring rain, I heard the opening lines of Good Things and I realized that The Menzingers are the perfect example of what punk means to me.

For when all is said and done, I’m a disenfranchised youth looking at a world and unsure of what to do.  Reliving old memories, making new ones, imagining unlikely outcomes – filled with self doubt, introspection and questions – and sometimes I just need an escape or a release. Somehow, The Menzingers perfectly encapsulate that feeling on On The Impossible Past – a record that will become an essential addition to any punk fan’s collection and, years from now, will be considered a classic.

What makes this album a classic is its immediate accessibility and constant growth. The hooks make the song stand out upon first listen but repeated listens unveil more textures and deeper meanings. These songs are seeped in a sense of nostalgia, restlessness and vivid imagery. There are deeply personal lyrics that – just like the Gaslight Anthem – are entirely universal. You may not connect with the exact locations, but the imagery connects instantly. I mean – just look at The Obituaries, a song who’s praise can’t be high enough thanks to lines like “I’ve cursed my lonely memory with picture perfect imagery”. It’s a simple line but one that connected instantly. Add in the simple, rousing and intensely emotion chorus chant of “I will fuck this up, I fucking know it” and you’re left in awe.

This is a sense you get over and over as the album plays through. The detailed description in Gates (So I’m marching up to your gates today to throw my lonely soul away, cause I don’t need it you can take it back.), the story of drinking with old friends in Mexican Guitars, questioning the status quo in Nice Things.

In fact, the only stumble in the mix is the minute and a half long title track. Lyrically it fits, but the slow, toned down guitar melody throws a wrench into the momentum of the album. It would work better as an opener rather than a middle track, but the Philadelphia quarter are forgiven when they pull out the one two punch of Nice Things and Casey.

It’s been far too long since I’ve had an album on repeat like this. More so than that, I’ve had this on repeat by itself – meaning I’ve thrown this on, plugged in headphones and laid back on my couch and listened to the album and did nothing else but listen. When was the last time you can say you’ve done that?

Tours: Restorations / The Menzingers / Captain We’re Sinking / Fake Problems

RestorationsRestorations will be heading on tour in support of the brand new album, LP2, which dropped today via SideOneDummy Records.  The tour will include a string of dates alongside The Menzingers, Captain We’re Sinking and Fake Problems.  

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Interview: The Menzingers

MenzingersLast year, The Menzingers were all over the place. Their third record, and Epitaph debt, On The Impossible Past was released to great fanfare. As the year came to an end, it graced countless top ten lists and for good reasons too: it’s a nearly perfect album.

In support of the album, the band headlined Pouzza Fest and The Fest and shared the stage with the likes of Bouncing Souls, Propaghandi and much more. Their first tour of the new year saw them hitting the road with Hot Water Music and La Dispute. We caught up with frontman Tom May after their set when they played the Vogue theatre in Vancouver to discuss the tour, the album, and the future of the band.

Read the interview here.