Look, if you consider yourself hip or tasteful, I won’t convince you to like this band. The Menzingers play rock for people who like bare emotion and power chords, and for those who prefer their pop punk a little depressing. This is music for people who used to like Taking Back Sunday, but grew up. A little.
That sounds like damning with faint praise, now that I write it. I didn’t originally care much for the Menzingers, until the fall when I was a 21-year-old with a crushed heart, insomnia at 4 a.m. and in possession of a copy of the band’s 2010 Chamberlain Waits.
Even if you’re not going through a miserable phase, you could find reasons to like the Menzingers. The Pennsylvania band’s latest release, On the Impossible Past, made several top 10 lists in 2012 with its punchy pop hooks. Lead singer Tom May lends an emo edge with his shouty song delivery, but it’s softening as the band matures.
At a concert last October, I came away a bigger fan after seeing the band’s energetic dance-around live quality. Granted, that was at a huge show packed with drunken fans, but my fingers are crossed I get to see a bit of that vibe again, and share the joy with others. Go ahead. Let yourself feel the feelings.
The Menzingers play the Badlander Tue., Feb. 12, at 9 PM with locals the Whoopass Girls and Buddy Jackson. $8/$13 for ages 18–20.