Tag Archive for melodic punk

The Menzingers – Rented World (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls, Weezer)

rented world

It’s been a little since I’ve last posted here, and my excuse has been world cup fever.  Holy shit, I’ve been obsessed watching every game… it’s seriously been borderline addiction.  Please help me…

Anyways, one I’ve been meaning to post for a while now is the latest release by (now) Philly’s Menzingers.  Their fourth full length and released just two years after their previous effort, Rented World actually sounds a lot more like the precursor to On The Impossible Past.  My issue with OTIP was that the songs were much more mellowed out, losing some of the punk grit and catchiness that shaped the band with their earlier releases.  On Rented World, The Menzingers return to form with songs like opener “I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore” and “Rodent”.

The entire album feels more cohesive as well, with the bands melodic and anthematic songs blending into each other over all.  The Menzingers also tap into their pop-punk roots a bit more, with songs like “The Talk” sounding a bit like Green Day.

Like most albums in the whole mid-tempo melodic punk thing, Rented World was a bit of a grower for me, and I’m finding that I’m liking it more with each listen.  Definitely worth checking out if you like your punk rock a little more mellow.

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

Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits

Official Site:
The Menzingers

Caseracer / Ink And Sweat Split (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Hot Water Music, Go Rydell)

When I first heard Delaware/NJ’s Caseracer’s Self Titled EP some time last year, I was blown away by their cohesive melodic hardcore tunes, and anxiously waited for a new full length.  I’m still waiting for a full length, but in the meantime they dropped three new songs on a split with Tampa punks Ink and Sweat.

On the split, Caseracer opens up with “Uncomfortable Silence / The Death Of My Financial Security” which starts with a very Paint It Black-esque riff (which is NEVER a bad thing by the way), and immediately sets the tone for the split: energetic, melodic, and gruff.  Between “Van Envy” and “Untrue”, it’s sure to elicit plenty of two-stepping and sing-alongs (or at least it does in my bedroom.)

I’ve heard the name Ink and Sweat before but never actually heard them until this split, and their two songs definitely have me wanting to check out more.  Dual gal/guy vocals (although even the female vocals are pretty gruff) over melodic midtempo punk rock make for a solid listen.  They are relatively new and this split and their demo are all they’ve released according to their bandcamp.  If they keep it up, I can see them becoming a household name in our neck-beard, beer soaked music world.

Caseracer has it up on their bandcamp as a “pay what you want” download, and it’s definitely worth your time if you dig melodic punk rock.

Caseracer – Uncomfortable Silence / The Death Of My Financial Security
Ink and Sweat – Brickwalls and Pitfalls

Caseracer – Self Titled
Kid Dynamite, And The Art Of Moshing Everywhere
Go Rydell – Golden Age
Grey Area / Go Rydell Split

The EP

The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls, The Holy Mess)

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of The Menzinger’s third studio release On The Impossible Past, and a subtle reminder that I really needed to make a damn post on it already.  If you know anything about The Menzingers, you know exactly what to expect on their latest album: mid-tempo, raw, anthematic tunes.

Originally from Scranton, PA, The Menzingers really exploded over the past few years once they moved to Philadelphia, and it’s been fun watching them evolve over the time.  On The Impossible Past takes where The Menzingers left off on the critically acclaimed Chamberlain Waits and becomes even more melodic and more gut-wrenchingly honest.

Take the incredibly catchy song “Obituaries” for instance: (besides sounding incredibly like The Bouncing Souls Midnight Mile in the beginning…), the song’s refrain shouts “I will fuck this up, I fucking know it” giving us a glimpse into the introspection and self doubt facing them.  Not all of it is self-reflection though, “Ava House” is an ode to one of Philly’s houses where The Menzingers used to play often, and where I often feared the floors will legitimately collapse (especially when catching BTMI there… Jeeeesus.)

If you’re looking for hard-hitting circle pit inducing punk, look elsewhere.  But if you’re in the mood for some melodic catchy as fuck jams, you can’t go wrong with The Menzingers On The Impossible Past.

The Menzingers – Obituaries

when you get old enough to know that happiness is just a moment:
Holy Mess – Dismount
The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits
The Reveling – Tributaries


Anchors – Lost At The Bottom Of The World (For fans of Propagandhi, Smoke or Fire, A Wilhelm Scream)

I’ve been meaning to check Anchors Lost At The Bottom Of The World for a few months now, but it got lost in my shit to review list (no, seriously… I have a playlist called “shit to review” and it has over a good 2 days worth of music in there.  I will never catch up, and that’s a good thing.)  It’s too damn bad that it took me so long to review, because Lost At The Bottom Of The World could have been a contender on my top 10 of 2012.

These Australian boys deliver 12 songs in just over a half hour, and the entire album completely rips.  Singer Brett Horsely’s vocal delivery reminds me a lot of 1208’s Alex Flynn while the guitars play intricate riffs over catchy melodies that are incredibly reminiscent of Propagandhi (which is NEVER a bad thing).

The album itself blends seamlessly in with the next, nothing feels out of place (besides for at some times the album feeling a bit long), and I find listening to Lost At The Bottom Of The World in it’s entirety to be the best way.  If you dig aggressive yet melodic punk rock, definitely give this one a listen.

Anchors – Everything’s Amazing And Nobody’s Happy

More Punk Rock:
Propagandhi – Failed States
Crucial Dudes – 61 Penn
Smoke or Fire – This Sinking Ship

Creator Destructor Records

Best Practices – The EP LP (For fans of Cloak/Dagger, Joyce Manor, Dillinger Four)

The whole melodic punk rock with emo influences have been all the rage lately, and I missed that bandwagon.  I never really got into Joyce Manor or Latterman (who’ve I been meaning to check out) but any time I’m in the mood for that style and start listening to those bands, I’m just like “I should throw on some Texas Is The Reason or Lifetime.”

Besides, too many of those emo influenced bands just seem to lack the balls/ovaries that makes it punk to begin with.  So how do you keep me interested?  With plenty of aggression, and Rhode Island’s Best Practices do it fucking right on The EP LP.

Imagine if you took The Descendents or Dillinger Four, threw them in a room and made them listen to nothing but Sunny Day Real Estate for months on end and then forced them to record.  That’s pretty much Best Practices for you.  Best Practices deliver 9 punchy melodic punk jams in 12 minutes on The EP LP, and I haven’t been able to stop listening.

Reminding me a lot of Cloak/Dagger, Best Practices has a very garage punk sound to them and with the gargled gravel vocals, is the perfect blend of aggression and pure melody.  The album doesn’t let up for a minute, and keeps the listener hooked with constant stylistic changes.

Definitely one of the better releases of 2012, I highly recommend Best Practices The EP LP for any fan who likes their punk a little more melodic.

Best Practices – Future Cougar

Dig This? Check Out:
Cloak/Dagger – We Are
Outclassed – This Might Be Coincidence
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Static Radio NJ – We Are All Beasts

Tiny Engines