Live: The Menzingers, Manchester O2 Ritz – 02/02/18

Following the release of their 5th studio album ‘After The Party’ nearly a year ago, The Menzingers return back to Europe to tour the album for a second time. Embarking on a 19 show tour of Europe and the UK, tonight they bring some of the most current and upcoming US punk rock acts to a sold out show at the Manchester’s O2 Ritz.

Opening the 3 band strong line up, Cayetana brought a refreshing take of indie rock with hints of punk thrown in. The trio from Philadelphia somewhat lacked energetic stage presence but this was made up for by the humorous crowd interaction between songs and seamless band composition. A short but sweet set, showcasing numbers such as ‘Too Old For This’ and ‘Mesa’ from their latest release ‘New Kind of Normal’ warmed the crowd up for the night to come, overcoming small technical issues to provide a great set. [7/10]

 

Pup’s future was merely hanging in the balance a few years ago with vocalist Stefan fighting a battle with a serious throat condition. 3 years later, the band have toured nonstop, following their ever growing success of their 2016 studio album ‘The Dream is Over’. Opening with ‘Doubts’ sets the bar for their set as the crowd crush against the barrier with the first crowd surfers of the night. Old fan favourites ‘Guilt Trip’ and ‘Reservoir’ pay homage to their debut self-titled release, balancing the set with both new and older songs. ‘DVP’ brings things to a close with the same amount of energetic chaos they started the set with. A blistering set of constant frenzy both off and on stage clearly shows that they have the potential the headline rooms of this size a lot sooner than they think. [8/10]

 

With a few moments for the room to catch their breath, The Menzingers burst onto the stage with album opener ‘Tellin’ Lies’. The room erupts, starting the steady stream of crowd surfers which never seemed to stop the entire night. The power of having two vocalists is put to full effect, offering a dynamic that not many bands can do, let alone perfect as ‘Good Things’ and ‘My Friend Kyle’ show they can achieve this not only on record but live. Fan favourites ‘I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore’ and ‘Lookers’ sees the sweaty crowd test their vocal chords to the limit, leading into an encore with the crowd demanding more. ‘In Remission’ draws the night to a close, highlighting that they’re rising to the top of punk rock and with good reason. A sold out show in front of a wide variety of age groups shows that punk isn’t nowhere near dead yet. [9/10]

The Menzingers Announce UK and EU Tour

After announcing their new album After The Party, which is set for release in February, only a few weeks ago, The Menzingers are back with yet another announcement but this time it is to talk of a tour. The band who were selling out venues in the UK earlier this year are giving us a chance to get down and sing back the songs that are full of grit and melody. The Menzingers also announced that they would be joined by The Flatliners on this upcoming tour. Check out the poster below.

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You can buy tickets today HERE.

The Menzingers Release Their Video For “Bad Catholics”

The Menzingers have released their first single Bad Catholics to be taken from their new album After The Party available February 3rd 2017. The video was filmed in the bands home town of Philadelphia and directed by Kevin Haus. Bad Catholics can be viewed below.

After The Party is The Menzingers follow up to Rented Record, but is seen as tapping into the bands everyman romanticism and balancing not growing up with growing older as a band. The techniques of nuanced songwriting, anthemic harmonies and furious power chords are there in spades though, showing the band haven’t lost too much of what made them great to begin with.

Preorders for The Menzingers After The Party are available now.