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THE MENZINGERS

Showtime March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

| $17.00

For their fifth full-length After the Party, The Menzingers set out to make the quintessential jukebox record: an unstoppably melodic album primed for bar-room sing-alongs. Delivering anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies, the Philadelphia-based garage-punk four-piece amply fulfills that mission while achieving something much more deeply nuanced. With its delicately crafted storytelling and everyman romanticism, After the Partyultimately proves to be a wistful but life-affirming reflection on getting older but not quite growing up. “ We spent our 20s living in a rowdy kind of way, and now we’ re at a point where it seems like everyone in our lives is moving in different directions,” says Tom May, who joined fellow singer/guitarist Greg Barnett, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino in forming The Menzingers as teenagers in their hometown of Scranton. Adds Barnett: “ We’ re turning 30 now, and there’ s this idea that that’ s when real life comes on. In a way this album is us saying, ‘ We don’ t have to grow up or get boring—we can keep on having a good time doing what we love.’” The Menzingers explore the tension between recklessness and responsibility all throughout After the Party, with the chorus to its opening track “ 20’ s (Tellin’ Lies)” brashly asking “ Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?” On lead single “ Lookers”—as in, “ You were such a looker in the old days”—the band pays loving tribute to their time spent in Asbury Park, weaving in memories of smoke-filled diners and Jersey-girl heartbreakers. Equally soaked in nostalgia, the bittersweet yet blistering “ Midwestern States” offers what Barnett calls “ an ode to being in our early 20s and touring across the country for the first time, and just how eye-opening that all was for us.” On “ Bad Catholics,” meanwhile, The Menzingers match their heavy riffs and high-powered rhythms with a gorgeously detailed narrative of running into a lost love at a hometown church picnic. Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth) and recorded in Yip’ s Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based Studio 4, After the Party finds the band breaking into new sonic terrain, such as in the stripped-down reverie of “ Black Mass” and the drinking-song-inspired waltz of “ Bars.” At the same time, The Menzingers bring that sharpened songcraft to the lyrical element of each track, with songs like “ Thick as Thieves” candidly recounting their shared misadventures (“ Building castles with cans and bottles/Drinking like they do in novels” ). And on “ After the Party,” the band spins poetry out of moments as mundane as listening to Minor Threat on a laptop, turning the track into a dreamy meditation on the innocence inherent in unabashed love of music (“ Everybody wants to get famous/But you just want to dance in a basement” ).With each song unfolding as its own fully realized story, After the Party came to life thanks largely to an introspective yet outward-looking lyrical sensibility on the part of Barnett and May. “ I take notes on pretty much everything I see and experience—things that my friends say or my family members say, things that I see or read,” says Barnett. “ And then when I go to write, I go back to those notes
and try to think about what they meant, and then build something from there.”

Details

Date:
March 21
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cost:
$17.00
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Venue

Saturn
200 41st St. South
Birmingham, AL 35222 United States
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Phone:
(205) 703-9545
Website and Ticket Information:
http://www.saturnbirmingham.com