Following the release of Rented World on April 22, The Menzingers embarked on an extensive US tour, stopping home to play for a full house at Union Transfer on May 31.
The foursome kicked their set off with the Rented World opener, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore.” Almost immediately, the stage diving and crowd surfing began, with no protest from band or venue. Between the dueling vocals of Greg Barnett and Tom May, and the heavy-handed guitar and bass lines, there wasn’t a moment of stillness to be found.
Playing through a mix of tracks old and new, The Menzingers accommodated their still growing fan base with songs like “A Lesson In The Abuse of Information Technology” off of the 2007 album by the same title, and highlights like “Deep Sleep” from Chamberlain Waits and “Casey” from their breakout record, On The Impossible Past.
It’s easy to see why The Menzingers have made such a name for themselves. Any suburban adolescent can relate to the laments of unrequited love and misguided happiness. While it’s clear with Rented World that the band members are growing up and refining their skills in the process, their trademark Americana lyrics still pay homage to small-town youth.
Local group Cayetana started the evening off with driving guitars and bass lines. PUP brought its aggression to the stage through catchy punk tracks, and Lemuria followed with smooth vocals over gritty guitar.