Philadelphia based band, The Menzingers, bring back the punk. The band announces their biggest UK headline shows to date, following a recent one-off gig at London’s the Old Blue Last, which sold out in less than five minutes. The latest album Rented World released in April to critical acclaim with the opener I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore offers new bait for the school of fans captured by the 2012 debut album, On The Impossible Past.
With the canonical rhythm that is set in to motion from the onset of I Don’t Wanna Be, the head-bang-stamp-your-feet melody certainly fulfils the punk archetype but borders on the formulaic. Remnants of the rift-ridden angst that characterized American bands such as Blink 182 and The American Rejects is evident in the song’s prosody without any real signature input from the band itself.
The music video is a tongue-in-cheek parody of the American film franchise, Friday the 13th. The masked, chainsaw-wielding protagonist is borrowed from the same mould as Jason a la the slasher films but with an ample dosing of satire. The raving murderer seeks to better himself for the sake of his romantic interest in a young woman, a particular highlight being when his masked face appears in the froth of her coffee. The fate of the masked lover comes when he attempts to cross the road to her but gets mowed down by a speeding lorry. Oh, the flotsam and jetsam of love.
The comical narrative with well-known cliché scenes certainly aids in the ironic lyrical sentiment that brinks on sarcasm. Undeniably, the song is memorable with its self-titled, punchy chorus but lacks any acoustic peaks or troughs to really drive the song beyond this. A sing-along is not to be helped though.
The October run of the band’s shows will feature support from The Smith Street Band (Aus) and The Holy Mess (USA), with a London date at the Electric Ballroom.
01 Oct Glasgow – Stereo
02 Oct London – Electric Ballroom
03 Oct Manchester – Gorilla
04 Oct Bristol – The Fleece
05 Oct Southampton – The Joiners