The Menzingers, the Scranton-bred and Philadelphia-based punk band, have been making hearty, melodic, life-affirming, feelings-first music for a little more than a decade. And they’re really, really good at it. The Menzingers’ last album, 2017’s After The Party, was one of our favorite albums of that year. And now the Menzingers have announced its follow-up; they’ll release the new LP Hello Exile this fall.
The Menzingers recorded the new album with Will Yip, the producer who has brought chunky and full-bodied sounds to recent records from bands like Mannequin Pussy, Turnstile, and Petal. Yip is no stranger to the Menzingers; he also produced After The Party. For the new album, the Menzingers spent a month working with Yip at his studio. In a press release, frontman Greg Barnett says, “We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.”
Nothing gets lost in first single “Anna.” The song is a grand, romantic plea to a significant other who’s away too much: “I have so much to tell ya / Please come back to philadelphia / This place ain’t the same without you, Anna.” It’s a huge, anthemic, catchy song, one that begs for singalongs. In the video, a young man bikes around Philadelphia and sends videotaped messages to someone who he misses. Below, watch the video and check out the Hello Exile tracklist.
01 “America (You’re Freaking Me Out)”
03 “High School Friend”
04 “Last To Know”
05 “Strangers Forever”
06 “Hello Exile”
08 “Strain Your Memory”
09 “I Can’t Stop Drinking”
10 “Strawberry Mansion”
11 “London Drugs”
12 “Farewell Youth”
Hello Exile is out 10/4 on Epitaph.