Fans of punk descended on Saturn Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on March 20th as The Menzingers, who are based out of Philadelphia, came to the venue for a headlining performance. The dual vocal threat of Greg Barnett and Tom May helped the band showcase their latest album, "After the Party", which was released in February of this year.
I didn't get a chance to listen to "After the Party" or the other albums in The Menzingers' catalog before the show so I didn't really know what to expect to hear. I knew it'd be punk based with a bit of ska thrown in, but even with that knowledge, things were a bit of a blank slate.
Thankfully, though, I enjoyed what I heard when The Menzingers took the stage. The sound was fast, upbeat, and highly energetic. The lyrics were bristling with hints of nostalgia and longing for more youthful days.
Those lyrics meshed well with the audience, which ranged from people in their very early 20's to well beyond. Regardless their age, though, most in the audience got thoroughly into the performance. I do always love being in the middle of an audience that puts out just as much energy and emotion as the band on stage does during their performance.
I will definitely have to give "After the Party" a listen when I get some time to really digest the album. Based on what I heard and saw during this particular performance in Birmingham, I won't regret the listen.
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