American punk rock band The Menzingers performed at The Venue in Derby on the 23rd April 2017.
By Jane Howkins.
Last weekend, anthemic punkers The Menzingers came to a small venue in Derby to perform an intimate gig. They played well, with both old and new material going down a treat.
They were supported by two excellent up and coming bands on the punk scene, namely The Dirty Nil, and The Flatliners. Those that have seen The Dirty Nil before will be able to testify to their ferociousness on stage, with frontman Luke Bentham commanding the audience extremely well. Perhaps it’s a testament to the scene they perform in, but the room was fairly full for both support acts, which is something that you don’t often see in more mainstream circles, especially on a Sunday evening.
Next up were The Flatliners, who incidentally have just released a fantastic new album, called Inviting Light. A few of the newer songs were played, but it was the older tracks that went down best with the crowd, and yet again, the room was practically full, with much of the audience dancing along to the music (although when the line-up is this good, that’s to be expected). Our only gripe was that the microphones didn’t seem to be as loud as they perhaps should have been (there was no issue with The Dirty Nil in this regard), however both support acts performed very well and set the scene perfectly for the headliners.
Finally, it was time for The Menzingers to take the stage, opening with a track from their new album called Telling Lies. Their newer material went down just as well as their older stuff, with hits like Nice Things mingling well with newer songs such as Bad Catholics. This is a band who don’t seem to be able to write a bad album, and their anthemic rock comes across even better on stage. Particular highlights were House On Fire and Gates, both of which had the audience singing along in unison with the band. They played a long set, and it’s fairly safe to say that no one went away feeling anything but happy and elated.