The Menzingers // After the Party

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The Menzingers // After the Party by Nick Warren

The Menzingers

After the Party

Epitaph 

4/5 stars

For their fifth album, the Menzingers have crossed into middle-age – for touring punk musicians, that is. Within the first minute, the band asks, “Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?” It’s a recurring sentiment whispered within the genre, although usually not asked so explicitly. Nostalgia and introspection have long been tools used by the Scranton quartet, combined with melodic punk singalongs. Perhaps the single best example of “orgcore” (a tongue-in-cheek genre named in honor of punknews.org), the Menzingers have kept their batting average high, with After the Party finding itself dead center in terms of relative quality. Considering that 2012’s On the Impossible Past was the single best punk album in the last 10 years, that’s not a bad thing. Perhaps the boys should get back into Vladimir Nabokov (a major inspiration on the 2012 opus) however, as the lyrics become rather repetitive. It’s a fair enough improvement from 2014’s Rented World though, and a great piece of evidence proving that they’re one of the best punk bands working today. 

– Nick Warren

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