The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls, The Holy Mess)

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of The Menzinger’s third studio release On The Impossible Past, and a subtle reminder that I really needed to make a damn post on it already.  If you know anything about The Menzingers, you know exactly what to expect on their latest album: mid-tempo, raw, anthematic tunes.

Originally from Scranton, PA, The Menzingers really exploded over the past few years once they moved to Philadelphia, and it’s been fun watching them evolve over the time.  On The Impossible Past takes where The Menzingers left off on the critically acclaimed Chamberlain Waits and becomes even more melodic and more gut-wrenchingly honest.

Take the incredibly catchy song “Obituaries” for instance: (besides sounding incredibly like The Bouncing Souls Midnight Mile in the beginning…), the song’s refrain shouts “I will fuck this up, I fucking know it” giving us a glimpse into the introspection and self doubt facing them.  Not all of it is self-reflection though, “Ava House” is an ode to one of Philly’s houses where The Menzingers used to play often, and where I often feared the floors will legitimately collapse (especially when catching BTMI there… Jeeeesus.)

If you’re looking for hard-hitting circle pit inducing punk, look elsewhere.  But if you’re in the mood for some melodic catchy as fuck jams, you can’t go wrong with The Menzingers On The Impossible Past.

The Menzingers – Obituaries

when you get old enough to know that happiness is just a moment:
Holy Mess – Dismount
The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits
The Reveling – Tributaries


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