MENZINGERS, THE: A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology: CD

Dec 13, 2007

This wasn’t at all what I was expecting from a Go-Kart release, but I was mighty pleased after a few listens. The Menzingers have a sound that blends good old-fashioned punkness with the better aspects of (dare I say it?) mainstream alternative. I’m not entirely sure how that last sentence should be understood, but that’s what’s in my head. Some fast stuff here, some anthemic, and some slow; some sweet stuff, some bitter, and the band has upped the ante on the Clash’s “Straight to Hell.” This version is loud, loud, loud, and bitter in the way of the complete desperation after the cops kill your dog is bitter. I like this record.

 –Eric Carlson (Go-Kart)

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