Published Feb 18, 2014Pennsylvania punks the Menzingers signed with Epitaph a couple of years back for 2012's On the Impossible Past, and now they're sticking with the label for the follow-up. Rented World will be out on April 22.
The album was recorded last year at Miner Street Studio in Fishtown, PA. Studio guru Jonathan Low (Kurt Vile, the War on Drugs, the National) served as engineer; the four-piece chose Low specifically because he doesn't normally record punk records, and a press release notes that the results bear the sonic stamp of emo, '90s grunge and spacious post-rock.
The band members are now in their mid-20s, and singer-guitarist Tom May said in statement, "Things start to feel a little more serious. When we were younger we wrote fiery songs because at that age it's your world view. Now I look at the world and think 'well, maybe I'm not right all the time.'"
This theme apparently comes across in the lyrics. Scan past the tracklist below to watch a video for the crunchy, lyrical cut "In Remission."
This in the outfit's fourth album. It's available to pre-order here on plain black vinyl or in a nifty split colour-edition of cream and black.
1. I Don't Wanna Be an Asshole Anymore
2. Bad Things
4. Where Your Heartache Exists
5. My Friend Kyle
6. Transient Love
7. The Talk
8. Nothing Feels Good Anymore
9. Hearts Unknown
10. In Remission
11. Sentimental Physics
12. When You Died
Read an interview with the Menzingers' Greg Barnett here.