Tonight, the Philly punk four-piece The Menzingers are playing The Electric Factory, opening for The Gaslight Anthem – you can find details on the show in today’s concert picks, and check out the band’s Key Session from back in February here. This afternoon, their label, Epitaph Records, posted a emotive acoustic rendition of their song “Casey” from their excellent 2012 album On The Impossible Past. Check it out below, and get ready to welcome the guys home tonight. Continue reading
Philly punk rockers The Menzingers released their major label debut On the Impossible Past in February after wowing Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz. Tonight, the Scranton-born outfit opens for New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem at The Electric Factory. Tickets and more information can be found here. Watch The Menzingers’ video for “Nice Things” below.
Next Monday, May 28th, XPN2‘s Eric Schuman will be reaching into the archives to play interviews and performances by bands (both local and out-of-town) who have recently appeared in the studios. The full lineup can be found below:
Noon – The Spinto Band
1 p.m. Stevie Jackson
2 p.m. Hop Along
3 p.m. The Menzingers
4 p.m. Zammuto
5 p.m. Chill Moody
Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Corey Cohen, Sarah Fry, Shamus McGroggan, Noah Gabriel Merenda, Sylvia Ramirez, and Heidi Schlenzig for sharing their work.
Click here to download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
City Rain “Real Good”
Pink Skull “Oh, Monorail”
Mason Porter “Back To Where We Started From”
Univox “What’s More”
Arrah and the Ferns “Waterproof Gold Watch”
Acid Kicks “Take My Soul Away”
The Menzingers “Mexican Guitars”
Music For Headphones “Why”
Lushlife “Gymnopiede 1.2″
Griz “The Secret In The Garden”
New Sweden “Saint, Don’t You Lie”
Sunny Ali and the Kid “Stop the Haiti”
Chill Moody “Cotton”
Little Big League “St. John’s”
Bred in Scranton, based in Philadelphia, but truly born on the road, The Menzingers are a punk rock force of nature with chops you can only achieve by getting out there and performing whenever the opportunity greets you. The band had just returned from a three-week jaunt around the country when it recorded its Key Studio Session earlier this month; it was amped-up and razor-precise, kicking out most of the jams you hear below in a single take. The same tightness can be heard when you listen to On The Impossible Past, The Menzingers’ excellent new collection of gritty American anthems released yesterday on Epitaph Records. But don’t think that, when they play, you’re hearing some autopilot recreation of their studio work. More like the album is a documentation of the energetic abandon of getting these four guys in a room, behind their instruments. Submitted as evidence: towards the end of “Mexican Guitars,” Joe Godino was pounding his drumkit so fiercely that the bottom of his snare blew out—totally badass. Tune in to XPN2 tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for the Key Studio Sessions Hour, when we’ll listen back to our session and interview with The Menzingers, on the eve of their departure for another tour, this time in Australia. Their next Philly appearance is April 21 at the Road to Ruin Festival at 23rd Street Armory with Pissed Jeans and Marvelous Darlings.
In just under a month, the Scranton-bred, Philly-based working class punks The Menzingers will release their Epitaph Records debut, On The Impossible Past. Last week, the band gave fans a taste of what’s to come: the slow-burner anthem “Gates,” which we’ve spotlighted in today’s Philly Local Phile. Listen below, pre-order the album at Epitaph’s web store, and catch the band on Fri. Feb. 4 when it plays the Susquehanna Bank Center with Rise Against. Stay tuned for a Key Studio Session from The Menzingers later this winter!