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The Menzingers Share Video For 'Strangers Forever'

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Philadelphia-based punk band, The Menzingers, share the music video for the song 'Strangers Forever,' a track off the band’s forthcoming record, Hello Exile, out October 4 via Epitaph. The track is a searing tribute to parting ways, backing their spiky guitars with brilliantly barbed lyrics.

“Lyrically, the song is inspired by Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna Karenina. In it, the character Darya Alexandrovna learns of her husband’s infidelity and declares: ‘Even if we remain in the same house, we are strangers — strangers forever!’” explains vocalist Greg Barnett. “The idea of becoming a stranger to someone you so intimately know stuck with me and became the overarching narrative to this song.”

Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. The forthcoming sixth studio album, Hello Exile sees The Menzingers take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and 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.

The Menzingers will hit the road early 2020 in Europe and the UK. Tickets are on sale now.

UK & EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR:

06/02    Southampton, UK Engine Rooms

07/02    Bristol, UK SWX

08/02    Manchester, UK Albert Hall

10/02    Dublin, Ireland Whelan’s

11/02    Glasgow, UK QMU

12/02    Newcastle, UK The Riverside

14/02    Birmingham, UK The Asylum

15/02    London, UK O2 Forum Kentish town

 

 

 

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Plague Vendor’s New Comedown

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Plague Vendor have announced their new album By Night, produced by John Congleton (St Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Chelsea Wolfe) and recorded at legendary EastWest Studios. The follow up to their 2016 debut full-length Bloodsweat and their widely-acclaimed debut EP Free to Eat is set for release on June 7 via Epitaph Records. The 10-song set kicks off with the raw, vital track and first single ‘New Comedown’.

“When we were writing 'New Comedown,' there were a lot of colours and themes that were coming through, so we thought it best to finalize the verses once we were in the recording studio,” notes the band’s frontman Brandon Blaine. “The energy, urgency, and excitement there was unmatched. We caught lightning in the booth and trapped it in the recording."

Plague Vendor is Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums and percussion) and Jay Rogers (guitar). A fearless our-way-is-the-hard-way work ethic and famously physical live shows won the Southern California-based band a ferocious fan base and place of pride on the Epitaph Records roster. They are currently on the road taking their live show to venues around the US - supporting All Them Witches now, with select headline shows set for this spring. 

By Night sees Plague Vendor stretch and warp their songs, discovering a merciless sense of tension and apprehension that set every moment on edge. It captures the feeling of ruin and regeneration, of charisma and catastrophe and of slashing at the night with nothing but pure electricity. And, with Congleton’s precision production, they found their own way between the powerful-but-too-polished sound of right now and the engaging-but-aging reinterpretations of classic punk/rock albums of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Congleton’s limitless encouragement also led Plague Vendor to do things they never did before: chorused bass in endless waves, lightning-strike flashes of synth, motorik man-machine drums that sound inhuman and human at once and even a string section that’ll be a surprise if they ever do it live.

TRACKLISTING

01 - New Comedown

02 - Nothing's Wrong

03 - All Of The Above

04 - Let Me Get High\Low

05 - Prism

06 - White Wall

07 - Night Sweats

08 - Pain In My Heart

09 - Snakeskin Boots

10 - In My Pocket

 

 

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