Philadelphia punk band The Menzingers have announced a release date for a new album, plus a tour of Europe and the UK to promote it.
Hello Exile, the band’s sixth’s long player, will be released on October 4 on Epitaph.
It is the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2017 release After The Party, which debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and No. 67 on the Top 200.
They turn their incisive songwriting to matters of love and romance, exploring the glories and failures of human connection.
A wistful piece of jangle-pop, Anna paints a portrait of lovesick longing, complete with dreamy recollections of wine-drunk kitchen dancing.
On Hello Exile, The Menzingers take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on everything from high-school hellraising to troubled relationships, aging and alcohol to political ennui.
With the band achieving that soul-baring intimacy all throughout the album, Hello Exile emerges as The Menzingers’ most emotionally daring work to date.
Featuring guitarists and co-vocalists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino, The Menzingers formed as teenagers in their hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 2006, later relocating to Philadelphia.
The band made their Epitaph debut with 2012’s superb On The Impossible Past, which was voted Album of the Year by Absolute Punk and Punk News.
The follow-up, Rented World, was praised as “packed with clever songwriting” by The New York Times and “a colossal fist-pumper” by Stereogum.
Their fifth album, After the Party, emerged in 2017, and made its way onto many writers best-of-the-year lists, including mine.
The Menzingers, who were one of my highlights of last year’s Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, will hit the road in early 2020 in Europe and the UK.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 19 July from http://www.themenzingers.com/
THE MENZINGERS 2020 TOUR DATES
25 January – Hamburg, Germany – Gruespan
26 January– Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
28 January – Vienna, Austria – WuK
29 January – Zurich, Germany – Dynamo
30 January – Stuttgart, Germany – Universum
31 January – Munich, Germany – Technikum
1 February – Cologne, Germany – Kantine
3 February – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
4 February – Antwerp, Belgium – Zappa
6 February – Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms
7 February – Bristol, UK – SWX
8 February – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
10 February – Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
11 February – Glasgow, UK – QMU
12 February – Newcastle, UK – The Riverside
14 February – Birmingham, UK – The Asylum
15 February – London, UK – O2 Forum, Kentish Town