Today marks the long-awaited release of After the Party, the new album from The Menzingers. The fifth full-length from the Philadelphia punk band, After the Party arrives as the follow-up to 2014’s widely acclaimed Rented World.
Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party is a raw yet introspective look at getting older but not quite growing up. Throughout the album, singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino offset their nuanced songwriting with anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies.
After the Party is a “a force of freewheeling expression and determined resolution” that “showcases the band at their boldest and brightest yet,” according to The Line of Best Fit. The review also notes that the album “reflects on the world around us and becomes a spark of motivation for something new.”
After the Party features several critically lauded singles from The Menzingers, including “Lookers” (hailed by Noisey as a “classic and thoroughly catchy piece of Menzingian songwriting”), “Bad Catholics” (a track whose “penetrating lyrics [are] packed into a sly haymaker of a hook,” according to Stereogum), and “Thick as Thieves” (which “flirts with a touch of abstraction” and “recalls the power pop-rock of the early 1980s,” in the words of New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica).
AFTER THE PARTY TRACKLIST:
1. Tellin’ Lies
2. Thick as Thieves
4. Midwestern States
5. Charlie’s Army
6. House on Fire
7. Black Mass
8. Boy Blue
9. Bad Catholics
10. Your Wild Years
11. The Bars
12. After the Party
13. Livin’ Ain’t Easy
As previously announced, The Menzingers will soon tour in support of After the Party, with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid opening up. The national tour kicks off February 26 in Pittsburgh and continues through April 1 in Boston.
In addition, The Menzingers will play an acoustic in-store at Wilkes Barre, PA’s Gallery of Sound tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now.
THE MENZINGERS TOUR DATES:
Feb 04 Wilkes Barre, PA – Gallery of Sound (record in-store)
Feb 26 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Mar 01 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Mar 02 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Mar 03 Chicago, IL – Metro
Mar 04 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Mar 05 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Mar 07 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Mar 08 Dallas, TX – Trees
Mar 09 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Mar 12 San Diego, CA – The Irenic
Mar 13 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
Mar 15 San Francisco, CA – Slims
Mar 17 Denver, CO – The Summit
Mar 18 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Mar 21 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Mar 22 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Heaven
Mar 23 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 24 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Mar 26 Tampa, FL – The State Theatre
Mar 28 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mar 29 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Mar 31 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Apr 01 Boston, MA – Royale