With a New Album, the Menzingers Headline Webster Hall TonightMay 30th, 2014
Before relocating to Philadelphia, Greg Barnett (guitar and vocals), Tom May (guitar and vocals), Eric Keen (bass) and Joe Godino (drums) first teamed up to form the punk-inflected quartet the Menzingers in Scranton, Pa. Their debut full-length, A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology (stream it below) arrived in 2007. And despite the proliferation of pop-punk bands at that time, AllMusic said, “The Menzingers sound gratifyingly unique amongst the increasingly cookie-cutter pop-punk acts, if only because their influences reach beyond Dookie.” In the seven years since, the four-piece has continued plugging away, recording and touring. Their fourth studio album, Rented World (stream it below), came out about five weeks ago. And the good people at AllMusic were again fans: “There’s a contemplative aura surrounding the songs that shows all of the hallmarks of a band growing into more nuanced and capable songwriters, and as they leave their brash beginnings further behind them, it’ll be interesting to see what their next destination is.” Of course, another album means the Menzingers (above, their video for “I Don’t Wanna Be an Asshole Anymore”) are back out on the road with a brand new tour, which brings them to New York City tonight to headline Webster Hall. And as an added bonus, Lemuria, Pup and Cayetana are also on the bill.