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Check out The Menzingers’ Teenage Kicks playlist, feat. Green Day, Rancid, Bouncing Souls + more

Have a wander through The Menzingers’ teenage years.

Check out The Menzingers’ Teenage Kicks playlist, feat. Green Day, Rancid, Bouncing Souls + more

The Menzingers’ Teenage Kicks playlist

We have a bet for you. When you load up Spotify, a great big chunk of the time you can’t think what to play, right? Overwhelmed by pretty much all the music ever, you default back to your old favourites, those albums and songs you played on repeat when you first discovered you could make them yours. They’re often a bit crap really, and probably nothing like what you listen to now, but by god are they good. This isn’t about guilty pleasures; it’s about those songs you’ll still be listening to when you’re old and in your rocking chair. So, enter Teenage Kicks – a new playlist series that sees bands running through the music they listened to in their formative years.

Tom May: I had a unique relationship with the procurement of music back throughout my adolescence. It started out with copied tapes and trips to the record store. I brought little pieces of paper with the names of bands seen on the leather jackets of the older (and much, much cooler) punks, then quickly moved to burned CDs traded at lockers and lunch tables, to links and FTP servers, then Napster… Then, well, now we each have the musical Library of Alexandria in our pocket all for the price of one fancy blueberry barrel-aged sage and apricot coconut milk stout – anywhere people live in the western world.

In my younger teenage years, it was whatever angry music I could get my hands on. From taping Korn off of the radio to waiting for the credits of video games and reading the “thank yous” in the liner notes of a CD, I couldn’t get enough of it. After listening to the classic punk bands, a whole new world opened up when I was old enough to go to local shows. As high school came around, I met kids from all over the city. I hung out with Juggalos and hippy kids. I had some friends from Puerto Rico as well as some friends that only listened to gangster rap. Reggae and Ska were an extension of the soul-seeking (also, remember Soulseek?) and socially conscious lyrics and themes of punk rock and the rhythms of more accessible kinds of music. I should also mention that high school was a very high point in my life, as in I was stoned the entire time.

I could ruminate about the onset of sexuality and its newfound beauty and ugliness, or perhaps the sudden realization that the institutions in and around us were full of holes and dark secrets bent on control and the breaking down of the beauty in each of us. However, for all of the confusion and seemingly catastrophic events and realities of adolescence I had a whole lot of fun. Operation Ivy and Anti Flag taught me about community and justice. Leftover Crack provided a mischievous and completely indulgent push-back against just about everything. 311, Sublime, and Toots & Maytals played in the background of cringe-worthy yet absolutely crucial backyard nighttime conversations. Enjoy.

Catch The Menzingers on tour:

28 Dublin Whelans
29 Belfast Limelight
31 Bristol SXW

1 Glasgow SWG3
2 Manchester The Ritz
3 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
5 Antwerp Trix
6 Frankfurt Batschkapp
7 Karlsruhe Stadmitte
8 Zurich Dynamo Werk 21
9 Bologna Locomotiv Club
10 Munich Backstage Halle
11 Vienna Flex
13 Budapest Durer Kert
14 Leipzig Conne Island
15 Nurnberg Hirsch
16 Hannover Faust
17 Hamburg Knust
18 Amsterdam Melkweg

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