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.
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.
Pop-punks The Menzingers already showed us what happens during the party in the video for “Bad Catholics.” Now, we’re getting the aftermath. Earlier today, the band shared a new visual for After The Party’s title track, which dropped this past February via Epitaph Records. If you’re one half of a sexy, young couple, and both of you work in the same craft brewery, you’ll find a lot to relate to here. Stream the video for “After The Party” in all its glory below. Continue reading →
As predicted, Philly’s favorite punks The Menzingers sold out Kung Fu Necktie in mere minutes yesterday for their album release day party. But they still gave fans a taste of that new album, After The Party, with the release of new track, “Thick as Thieves.” Opening with blunt guitar power chords, the song is carried along by an easygoing melody, then jumps to a headbang-inducing, infectious chorus that will undoubtedly be streaming through your head all day. Continue reading →
Philly via Scranton punk favorites The Menzingers release their long awaited fifth album, After the Party, this Friday via Epitaph Records. And even though their proper Philly date doesn’t happen for another couple months at The Fillmore, the band just announced a surprise last-minute album-release-day party in a (much) more intimate space. Continue reading →
A photo posted by Boot & Saddle (@bootandsaddle) on
Boot and Saddle can always be counted on to host killer shows and bring together good people for good causes whenever the chance comes their way.
This January is no different: the South Philly music venue just announced a three- series in January called “Peace and Noise.” Each show will benefit a charity of the headliners choice. Tom May and Greg Barnett of The Menzingers open it up on January 11th, Sheer Mag continues on the 18th and an acoustic set by Tigers Jaw on the 25th. Continue reading →
Everyone’s favorite regional punks The Menzingers just released a video for their single “Lookers,” off of the soon-to-be-released full length After The Party. Coming out early next year on Epitaph Records, it captures the band’s rambunctious live show, filmed in black and white at Brooklyn venue The Knitting Factory.
Australian rockers The Jezabels headline World Cafe Live tonight. The four-piece is touring in support of a new record called Synthia, a buzzing follow-up to 2014’s The Brink. The last time the band trekked through Philly, they played a nearly sold-out set at Johnny Brenda’s so expect big things from the poppy Aussies in this larger space. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; watch “Pleasure Drive” below.