The Menzingers premiered a new video today for their single "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore" via Stereogum. The track is off their new album Rented World> out TODAY on Epitaph. CDs and vinyl copies are available at The Menzingers Store and digitally at iTunes. According to Pitchfork, "Menzingers excel in desperate, earnest melodic punk." Noisey called it "one of the best records of the year." And SPIN recognizes the album for its "honest, vulnerable declarations."
No longer housemates in Scranton, PA, the title Rented World, mirrors the band's lifestyle since moving to Philly in 2008. The band was renting separate spaces around the city, but maintaining a practice space in North Philly where the majority of the record was written. Faithfully archetypal Rust Belt punk, Rented World is an album concerned with maintaining a sense of self, the softening of posture, and the burden of harsh realities.
The Menzingers kept it Philly-local for Rented World and enlisted Jonathan Low to engineer the album at Miner Street Recordings. Low's distinctively rich Americana sound resonates through the careers of The War On Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, and The National.
The Menzingers didn't write the answers into Rented World. The record admits to an in medias res that comes with one's late 20s, old enough to know better, but still seeking greater wisdom.
Catch the band on tour this Spring in support of the album with Lemuria, PUP, and Cayetana. Tickets are on-sale now at: www.TheMenzingers.com.
May 29 Providence, RI - The Met
May 30 New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 31 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
June 01 Washington DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
June 02 Rochester, NY - The Bugjar
June 03 Toronto ON - Opera House
June 04 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
June 05 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
June 06 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
June 07 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
June 08 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
June 10 Davenport, IA - River City Experience
June 11 St. Louis MO - Firebird
June 13 Denver, CO - Marquis
June 14 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
June 15 Boise, ID - The Shredder
June 17 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
June 18 Portland, OR - Branx
June 20 San Francisco, CA - Slims
June 21 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
June 22 San Diego, CA - The Irenic
June 23 Phoenix, AZ - Pub Rock
June 24 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
June 26 Austin, TX - Red 7 Inside
June 29 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds Downstairs
June 30 New Orleans, LA - Siberia
July 02 Tampa FL - Orpheum
July 03 Orlando, FL - The Social
July 04 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Middle
July 05 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
July 06 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
(All dates with Lumeria, PUP, and Cayetana)