The Menzingers – “After The Party”
Philly pop-punk bashers the Menzingers traffic in huge, anthemic choruses and big, hearty riffs, and they are one of the best bands out there at what they do. Next month, they’ll release the new album After The Party, an album full of big and melodic and emotionally resonant songs. We’ve already posted two of those songs, “Lookers” and “Bad Catholics.” And today, the band has shared the album’s title track, which might be the best of the three. Below, listen to the new song and read a statement about it from guitarist and vocalist Greg Barnett.
The title track to the record, “After the Party,” is the central emotional epiphany of the album, written in images. They’re mundane moments etched behind eyelids that culminate into meaningful realizations, and of course give way to the beautiful trifecta of Sex! Drugs! Rock n Roll! It’s a bit of an ode to Meat Loaf’s verse in “I’d Do Anything for Love,” but the God of drums? You lost me.
Vladimir Nabokov once said in an interview: “I don’t think in language. I think in images.” I wanted to play off that idea, and use imagery as unexciting as the sludge in the bottom of a coffee cup to tell a bigger story. In doing so, it captured the excitement of falling in love that language often misses. Turns out my twenties can be summed up quite similarly.
After The Party is out 2/3 on Epitaph. Pre-order it here.