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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.

MP3:
The Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore

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

Official Site:
The Menzingers

The Menzingers Live In Philadelphia (5/24/13)

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Taken by the talented: BlakeLarsonPhoto.com

Last night I headed to Philadelphia’s sweaty basement of the First Unitarian Church to catch Philly’s own adopted punks The Menzingers.  I actually got there so late that I missed every opening band, but somehow made it in time to catch the headliners (I really lucked out).

The place was sold out, sweaty as fuck, and packed.  I’m not going to lie, there was a period of time back in 2011 where I was seeing them all the time, but I sort of started taking The Menzingers for granted.  Any time they’d play a Philly show I’d just say “oh I’ll catch them next time they come around.”  Some time passed, and I realized that it has been at least 2 years since I’ve last seen The Menzingers, and holy shit was there a much different vibe at the show (more on that later).

The Menzingers themselves played a solid, tight set… although they seemed to not have the same stage presence they did a few years back where they’d be jumping and diving into the crowd, and with the slower jams of their latest On The Impossible Past I totally expected it to be a bit more mellow.

Most of the material they played was off the newest album, and it was good to finally hear those songs played live.  They actually didn’t do that many off Chamberlain Waits with at one point a member of the band said “come on, you guys really haven’t heard I’ve Been Born enough yet?”

After closing out, the band returned for a cover set encore which included songs by The Lawrence Arms, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Bouncing Souls (which I lost my shit to harder than probably any other song).

My only real complaint about the show was a small minority of the crowd.  I guess a lot has changed over the past two years and they’ve gotten huge, but I noticed there just wasn’t as much respect at the show.  There were some cases where kids fell and people would just step on them (while veterans would rush over to help them up) and people dancing in the pit with everyone just targeting them and not letting them (I actually heard someone say “if you see someone dancing, fuck them, push them out of the way”).
I think it really has to do with the fact that for a lot of people, The Menzingers are now a gateway into punk and they just aren’t used to show etiquette.  Again, it was a small minority and you’re going to find assholes at every show, and at least these people just seemed more ignorant than intentionally being dicks, but it was worth mentioning that the vibe is definitely different.

Still a good time and didn’t really take too much away from the show, but definitely not the same rowdy party I’m used to with seeing The Menzingers (but that’s what I get for not seeing them in two years).

Setlist From What I Remember (Not In Order, And Not Complete):
Good Things
A Lesson In The Abuse Of Technology
The Obituaries
Casey
Home Outgrown
Gates
Ava House
On The Impossible Past
Nice Things
I Can’t Seem To Tell
Who’s Your Partner
Timetables

Encore:
Are You There Margaret, It’s Me God (Lawrence Arms Cover)
Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
Kate Is Great (Bouncing Souls Cover)

MP3:
The Menzingers – Home Outgrown

But I Will Fuck This Up, I Fucking Know It:
On The Impossible Past
Chamberlain Waits
Smoke or Fire – This Sinking Ship
Static Radio NJ – An Evening of Bad Decisions

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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.

MP3:
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

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