From the first moment I heard Lookers in late 2016, I knew that this album was going to be special. I LOVE this little Scranton, PA band soFrom the first moment I heard Lookers in late 2016, I knew that this album was going to be special. I LOVE this little Scranton, PA band so damn much (shout out to The Office fans). Forewarning - I get really excited/sweaty listening to this album, so much so that at the last second I moved it from 6th to 4th. I tried to dial back the words on this review, but it was a challenge.
Discovering them 6 years ago may have been one of the better things to happen to me. While their previous record, Rented World (2014), wasn’t as strong as its predecessors, I will stick my neck out and say that After the Party comes VERY close to the level of delicious that was On The Impossible Past (2012). And that level of deliciousness is a SPICY MEAT-A-BALL.
The Menzingers have a trademark punk-rock-&-roll sound that I’m addicted to, and on this record it’s as if they (somehow) upgraded it to be a little peppier. Every track is so goddamn catchy it’s hard not to give this record back to back listens. They’ve also worked out a way to capture the story or feeling of life in the 1950′s without either losing a modern sound or actually talking about the 1950′s. When I say “rock and roll” the opening track, Tellin’ Lies, sounds like something the house band at a bowling alley would play to kick off a swingin’ night of pin smashing - but it’s about working out what the heck to do when your 20′s are over. It happens again in Lookers, Charlie’s Army, Black Mass and Bad Catholics - all beyond comprehension at how excellent they are.
Lyrically, the Zingers have always been very talented at telling you a story and they keep the blade sharp with some brilliant material here. I suggest you listen very closely as I found quite a lot of the content relatable, quirky, satisfying or oddly distressing. The album cover definitely portrays a man who’s just been on the emotional roller coaster behind him right after he stepped off the Ferris wheel of **** yeah.
Best Tracks: Tellin’ Lies - Lookers - Charlie’s Army - Bad Catholics - After The Party
2017 Listens: 400+… Expand