Tom May of Philly punk band The Menzingers has a new approach to podcasting — for his latest project, he’s sitting down in his kitchen for casual, unstructured conversations with his friends and peers in the music scene. For the inaugural episode, May is joined by Augusta Koch of local outfits Cayetana and Gladie, who he describes as one of his oldest and dearest friends. Continue reading →
The Menzingers released a new single called “The Freaks,” accompanied by a video that captures the spirit of spooky season. The song is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt like an outlier, ostracized from the norm, summoning together all the oddballs and misfits. The video, directed by Adam Peditto, depicts a freak-exclusive Halloween party, complete with creepy costumes, a smoke machine and spin the bottle. Continue reading →
Beloved Scranton punk rockers The Menzingers have announced a headlining fall tour that will arrive at Union Transfer on November 24th. The band will be backed by Tiny Moving Parts and Daddy Issues. Full tour dates are listed below. You can also check out the band’s new song “Toy Soldier” below. Tickets for the Union Transfer show go on sale Thursday, June 28th at 10 a.m.Continue reading →
Local punk favorites The Menzingers released a new track out of the blue this week, titled “Toy Soldier.” Vocalist/guitarist Greg Barnett first performed the then-unreleased track solo this past April at The First Unitarian Church, the night of the “Roger Harvey & Family” concert. The full band studio version kicks the track into high gear featuring driving guitars and punchy drums and Barnett’s signature gravely vocals leading the way.
No excuses this week — especially if you have a day off work for Memorial Day. From The Sidekicks to St. Vincent to Ellen Siberian Tiger, from rock to blues to pop, here are nine shows to see in and around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →
We’ve got a gig for every day of the week for you this week; on most days we have several. Punk rock from The Menzingers, hip hop from Big K.R.I.T., expansive post rock from the great Godspeed and more. Read on to see what’s up in The Week Ahead.
Brit rockers Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls will return to The Fillmore Philadelphia on June 5th. Most recently appearing in Philly last January, the folk-punk singer songwriter and his band are slated to return to in support of his eithth studio album, Be More Kind, out this Spring. Continue reading →
Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →
“Did anybody here go to Temple?” Greg Barnett asked a packed house at The Fillmore last night, and befittingly, a large portion of the Philly crowd screamed. Barnett smirked, and continued “I’m sorry about that.”
In lesser hands, it could have been a diss, some jockish taunting to stoke whatever higher educational rivalries were seemingly in need of being stoked. But that’s not what the co-frontman of The Menzingers was doing here, as he introduced “Midwestern States” — a song he said was about his last semester at college — and the crowd knew it. They laughed loud at his quip, they cheered en masse.
They knew that these four dudes, despite being the center of attention for 2,500 spectators over the course of 90 minutes last night, was no different from them. Adrift in their late 20s and early 30s, feeling overlooked and tossed aside from self-absorbed older generations who won’t step out of the way, unsure of what they wasted their youth on, unsure of what their place was in this world that’s messier and less compassionate by the day.
This is one of the core themes of After the Party, The Menzingers’ excellent fifth LP — their most mature work, and their work most explicitly about maturing — and that restless discontent is the backbone of “Midwestern States.” Continue reading →
NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.