Monday, May 3, 2010
THE MENZINGERS: CHAMBERLAIN WAITS
Red Scare Records
Ignore the stupid band name, The Menzingers are the band you've been waiting for. Blood, sweat and tears pop-punk with an indie-rock flavour. Sort of like, er... The Lawrence Arms, Polar Bear Club and The Gaslight Anthem meets Roll the Tanks , Dead To Me and The Futureheads. And it sounds like someone's hiding some old Blink 182 albums as well.
I told a friend of mine about The Menzingers. He's got a beard, flesh tunnels, a flat cap, a Jawbreaker T-shirt and a collection of flannel. He told me he saw them at The Fest 8 in Gainesville, Florida. By the end of track four, "Deep Sleep," I wished I'd seen them at The Fest 8 in Gainesville, Florida.
After that "Time Tables" kicks things into high gear with anthemic pop-punk riffs, raspy, old Rise Against style vocals and smooth, black lung choir melodies. "Tasker-Morris Station" is a catchy combination of pop-punk and new wave indie beats. "So It Goes" is straight up punk-rock with a Lawrence Arms twist. And "Rivalries" is my current national anthem.
Chamberlain Waits is honest, in-your-face pop-punk. The Menzingers throw in a few indie, hi-hat beats and the vocals swap from seriously throttled-sounding screams to super melodic, pub-sing-along and melodramatic. Nothing you haven't heard before, but there's an on-edge intensity to it. A constant urgency that never lets up. It's got soul.