The Menzingers Set The Thematic Tone For Rise Against At FivePoints
“…The Menzingers are a fantastically fun band. Like Rise Against, their pop-punk offerings focus a lot on melody, and they infuse their recordings and live performance with palpable youthful energy.
The Menzingers consist of co-frontmen Tom May (vocals, guitar) and Greg Barnett (vocals, guitar) bassist Eric Keen and drummer Joe Godino, and they released an album 2019, Hello Exile, but were unable to support the album with a tour because of the COVID-19 pandemic. During their time in isolation, they decided to record a new album revisiting the songs from Hello Exile and giving all of the tracks a facelift with different arrangements, and even some new lyrics. I guess it’s kind of a remix album.
I had a ton of fun catching these guys live again. Though it was a short set (7 songs…I think), their set seemed to span their entire repertoire. They opened their set with the opening track off their Hello Exile/From Exile release, “America (You’re Freaking Me Out)”- though I can’t remember which version they played- which kind of set the thematic tone for Rise Against, even if you weren’t paying too much attention to it.
Some of the songs that I recognized were “House On Fire” and “Lookers”. When they got into the opening riff of “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore”, even though I was sequestered far from the stage as a photographer, a huge smile crept onto my face. At that moment I wished I didn’t have tons of camera weight on my body so I could run to the pit and bump into a few bodies. Such a fun song…”
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