Really upset to hear the news via Twitter this morning that Philadelphia punks The Menzingers, currently touring Europe with Bouncing Souls, were robbed of over $10,000 worth of their belongings in Manchester last night. The Menzingers are particular favourites of my wee pal/gig buddy Rachel. Regular readers and those who know us elsewhere might be aware that Rachel (and, to a lesser extent, myself) are going through a bit of a hard time at the moment, so as a way of getting away from it all she has talked me into accompanying her to a one-off headline show being put on by Banquet Records in Kingston on Saturday night. She says it’s okay if I wear a pretty dress, but I might want to stand at the back of the room.
You might remember the band from their inclusion on my mix for January, but if not you can hear that song “The Obituaries” – definitely one of my go-to pick-me-up songs of 2012 – below.
Now it’s a bit rich of me to ask you to stump up some cash for a band you’ve never heard of, but I promise you that if you’re into melodic pop-punk you will love the new album which you can buy from Kings Road Merch along with t-shirts etc. Alternatively if you are in a charitable mood Banquet Records are taking donations (which they were originally matching but due to the response so far “cannot afford” to continue with).
Menzingers on tour:
TONIGHT! Hatfield, The Forum (ANTIfest 2012 w/Anti-Flag, Bouncing Souls)
04/05 Southampton, Joiners (supporting Bouncing Souls)
05/05 Kingston, Fighting Cocks
06/05 Aachen, DE, Musikbunker (supporting Bouncing Souls)
08/05 Cologne, DE Underground (supporting Bouncing Souls)
09/05 Frankfurt, DE, Batschkapp (supporting Bouncing Souls)
10/05 Bern, CH, ISC (supporting Bouncing Souls)
12/05 Salzburg, AT, Rockhouse (supporting Bouncing Souls)
13/05 Prague, CZ, Lucaema Music Bar (supporting Bouncing Souls)