Having acquired a huge fan base, it is no surprise to see The Menzingers record at the storied Rock Island, Ill studio. You can hear their energy and talent in the four songs they recorded for the session (“Sculptors and Vandals”, “Good Things”, “Gates”, and “Sun Hotel Pt. 2″, all of which are off of their most recent album On the Impossible Pastl). They convey their raw, unyielding prowess, and the lo-fi quality of the recordings makes the songs even more powerful.
The level of emotionality is staggering – in “Sun Hotel Pt. 2,” it’s damn near cry worthy. The kind of crying where you don’t know why you’re crying, you just let it all out and have a great time doing it. That’s not necessarily guidelines to follow when listening to the songs, nor will it absolutely happen, but if they don’t evoke some amount of emotional reaction, or at the very least compel a little head-banging, maybe you clicked on the wrong link.
The Menzingers Daytrotter session can be found here. Check it out if you’re looking for a good time, or if you want to break up your day and sit back and enjoy something wonderful.