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Most people think of a concert as those four or so hours you spend standing in crowd, singing along with your favorite band. But have you ever thought about what goes into making that happen? We followed The Menzingers‘ Rented World tour for a day as four bands converged on Philly’s Union Transfer to put on a show. The headliners were brought up in the Scranton DIY scene before relocating to Philadelphia – releasing several amazing albums along the way – and this stop on the tour was their biggest headlining show to date in their adopted hometown. Their fourth full-length, Rented World, was released this spring on Epitaph Records, and it’s gotten the band some of its highest-profile attention outside of the punk world – including an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Even so, the band stayed true to its roots for the tour, bringing along Philly friends Cayetana, up-and-coming Toronto punk four-piece PUP and Buffalo indiepop trio Lemuria. Take a look at how the gang spent their Saturday in pictures. [continue]
A Tigers Jaw fan is a special kind of person. There’s hardly an in between – you’re either a hardcore devotee, or you’re not a fan at all. So word got around last spring that the Scranton-based might be breaking up, it was devastating to some. The iconic punk image of the slice of pizza on their self-titled record flooded the Internet and Tumblr accounts everywhere, but luckily, the “break up” was a bit of an exaggeration.
Three of the band’s founding members were leaving – the band’s announcement of this, which noted that its U.S. tour would be the “last for the forseeable future” was misconstrued – but the core songwriting duo of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins remained persevered, and is gearing up to release its fourth LP, Charmers.
Their newest share, “Slow Come On,” is a moody, head-bopping tune heavy on the drums and punctuated by Walsh’s echoey voice. It’s certainly different from the Tigers Jaw we’re used to, but unmistakably Tigers Jaw all the same.
Next month, they’ll play Union Transfer on June 16th; tickets and information on the show can be found here. Charmers is out June 3rd on Run For Cover Records. Preorder the album here and listen to “Slow Come On” below.
Just two days ago, one of Philadelphia’s biggest punk bands, The Menzingers, released its fourth full-length album, Rented World, via Epitaph Records. Following up a surprise record release show in their current hometown of Philadelphia, the band went back to their roots and played an in-store acoustic show at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In order to get into the show, one had to purchase their new record, Rented World on CD or LP and get a wristband for guaranteed entry to see the show and meet the band after their performance.
According to vocalist/guitarist Greg Barnett, this was only the second time that The Menzingers had played an in-store acoustic show. Both nervous and excited, the band put on an excellent performance, playing new songs such as album opener “I Don’t Want to be an Asshole Anymore” as well as old favorites such as “Good Things” and “Ava House”. This was a very special performance for not only the audience, but for the band – for a handful of songs, this was the very first time that these were played acoustic. At the end of the night, Gallery of Sound, with the help of The Menzingers, was kind enough to raffle off copies of Rented World LPs as well as On the Impossible Past cassettes. Check out photos and videos from the performance below.
Yesterday, The Menzingers released their fourth full-length album, Rented World. (Read our review here.) The band surprised its hometown fans when it was revealed that they were playing a secret CD release show at the Golden Tea House last night with Nona and Holy Mess opening. With less than a day’s notice, fans flocked to this West Philadelphia venue. Punk rock time was thrown to the side as the show was sold out before doors were scheduled to open. The Menzingers threw a crazy party, and you can check out scenes from the show in the gallery below.
Rented World, the fourth full-length album from The Menzingers, is, for lack of a better word, big. That word can be construed in a few different ways. Yes, the track lengths themselves average in at a little bit longer (one song breaks the five-minute mark, a first for the Philly-by-way-of-Scranton punks) and they enlisted the audio muscle of producer Jon Low for this one, but there’s more to it than that. After three records, including 2012’s breakthrough On the Impossible Past, there’s a weight of confidence and precision laced throughout Rented World. And confidence allows songwriters to try some new things.
That idea presents itself pretty immediately on Rented World, especially when contrasted against On the Impossible Past’s Americana-leaning loose narrative of lyrical and melodic themes: Good things, nice things, American muscle cars, kids getting high, etc. Singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May keep the songs on Rented World decidedly contained. Barnett has mentioned in interviews recently that this was the first Menzingers album to not be solely written on an acoustic guitar; rather, songs were pieced and structured carefully instead of over a couple of chords. As a result, many tracks, with their riff-specific construction, feel like nods to ‘90s alt-rock – a fun direction to see The Menzingers explore.
But as with each Menzingers record, May and Barnett split songwriting duties nearly 50/50, and on Rented World, they continue to characterize their own differing methods. Continue reading →
Philly based punk band The Menzingers have a new album, Rented World, due out April 22 via Epitaph records, and as of today you can stream the album in its entirety over at Spin.com. For the new record, the band worked at Miner Street studios in Fishtown with the help of engineer Jonathan Low, who has worked with countless Philly luminaries from Restorations to Kurt Vile.
You can pre-order the album Rented World before its April 22 release here. Catch the Menzingers live when they return to Philly May 31 at Union Transfer. Find tickets for that show here. Stream opening track “I Don’t Want to Be An Asshole Anymore” below, and listen to Rented World in its entirety here.
Scranton local punk rockers The Menzingers took to their tumblr today to announce the release of their forthcoming album, Rented World on April 22nd on Epitaph Records. Listen to the first song from the record, “In Remission” below. Rented World comes two years after the release of their excellent On The Impossible Past, an album that got the band much deserved acclaim for their brand of punk-pop songwriting.
Philly musicians from Andrew Lipke to Kevin Hanson and Wesley Stace will honor and recreate The Band’s 1976 farewell show, The Last Waltz, tonight at the Trocadero. The set will include a full performance of the seminal live album (and concert film), uniting old and new fans of the legendary roots rock band and featuring a guest appearance by original keyboardist for The Band, Garth Hudson. The show will also benefit Philadelphia public schools. Get tickets and information here. Watch a performance of “Up On Cripple Creek” from The Last Waltz below.
The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw recently announced that they will headline a holiday show in their hometown of Scranton on December 21st. Playing at the St Stanislaus Youth Center alongside other local acts like Captain We’re Sinking, Three Man Cannon, Halfling, and more, this is as much a holiday celebration as it is a celebration of how much good music has come out of the Philly burbs and eastern Pennsylvania in the past few years. Especially in the way of emo and indie punk, The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw are often cited as artists that are “bringing emo back.” Not that it ever really went away, but it is good to see these bands getting recognition and holding gatherings of this sort. There will be a total of nine bands playing on the lineup, and it is a mere $15, so it is sure to sell out by the day of the show. Plan ahead and get your tickets here.