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February 2020

The Menzingers - After the Party

★★★★★
The Menzingers - After the Party
Published: 9:00 pm, February 02, 2017
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Label: Epitaph
Released: 3rd February 2017

Rating: ★★★★★[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Ahhh, those troublesome thirty-somethings. You’ve got life-experience, but you’re still learning, you like new music, but you’re targeted by endless reunion tours, and you’ve got a disposable income, but mortgages and DIY just aren’t sexy when you’ve spent a decade being sold the lie about sex and drugs and rock’n’roll. Which brings us rather nicely to The Menzingers’ latest collection of blue-collar, working class anthems.

Now the wrong side of 30, nostalgia colours ‘After The Party’, even down to the hangover title and the knowing opening track ‘20’s (Telling Lies)’. Yet it’s not the rose-tinted reminiscence of someone selling you a dream – this is the story of a decade of poor decisions and poorer wallets. Throw in failed relationships and a battle to find your place in the world; it’s a warts and all examination of the human spirit; a triumphant return for a band that can make a wistful whiskey-soaked anthem warm you like a comfort blanket.

It’s all delivered with that street-smart charm with which The Menzingers are synonymous. Vocalists Greg Barnett and Tom May take turns to deliver punchy punk-rock anthems, perfect for mosh-pit sing-alongs but better digested as vignettes of the underbelly of American life. May’s ‘Boy Blue’, with its chorus of “The Boy Blue with the silver spoon, they found him dying in the living room,” feels like a punch to the gut, but sits snugly next to Barnett’s witty  ‘Bad Catholics’, a song that’s as bitingly personal as ‘Boy Blue’ is shocking.

Having now fully transitioned from punk upstarts into storytelling street poets, ‘After The Party’ could well be the album to catapult The Menzingers far beyond the pubs and clubs they’re used to. It’s an album blessed with a heart as big as its choruses – and it hits the sweet spot of longing melancholia and nervous optimism like a jackhammer.  Rob Mair[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1429970289830{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_video link="
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