American punk rock band the Menzingers are set to release their latest album After the Party in February this year.
By Jane Howkins.
Pennsylvanian punk group The Menzingers are about to release their fifth album After The Party, and it’s set to be one of their best releases so far, managing to be even better than (or at least as good as) previous releases such as 2010’s Chamberlain Waits and 2012’s On The Impossible Past.
The music The Menzingers make is hard to describe. It definitely follows a punk tradition, but there are folk and indie elements present as well. They’re often compared to groups such as The Gaslight Anthem, Augustines, and The Hold Steady, and to be fair, those are fairly good comparisons. The music the band makes is heartfelt and sincere, but it doesn’t come across as overly cheesy – a line that some of the aforementioned bands have straddled on a number of occasions. There’s even a reference to jersey girls and the jersey shore music sound on third track Lookers, although we guess in the grand scheme of American geography Pennsylvania and New Jersey aren’t actually that far away from each other, and probably share a common musical compass.
They haven’t strayed too far from the music displayed on previous albums, but it’s different enough to warrant listening to. The Menzingers are really good at anthemic choruses and catchy riffs, which combines well with the stories they tell in their lyrics about growing up in small town America. Whilst there are a few songs that stand out straight away (opening track 20’s (Tellin’ Lies) immediately comes to mind), it takes a while to get into the album proper. After The Party does take a few listens to properly ‘get’ it, but it’s well worth the wait. There are also a couple of filler tracks that we just can’t seem to get into, but again that could be something that will resolve itself with future listens, and this is arguably still an early contender for album of the year.
After The Party is a really good album. There are a couple of filler songs but it’s well worth getting whether you’re a fan of the band or just looking for something new, and we’re excited to hear how the new songs sound alongside their older material on their upcoming Spring tour around the U.K.