Man, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve last see locals The Menzingers play a show. While I was at the filming of their music video for “After The Party” (alas, I did not make the cut), they only played a couple of songs and I missed their surprise show at Kung Fu Necktie this year. I was pretty stoked to be seeing them, especially with the fact that I love their latest album After The Party so I was excited to hear those songs live.
I got to the sold out Fillmore with a line wrapping around the block just in the nick of time as Jeff Rosenstock was setting up.
I’ve been a fan of Jeff’s music and bands for as long as I can remember. I used to love Arrogant Sons of Bitches back when they were a band that toured regularly, been to countless Bomb The Music Industries shows, and now have seen his solo(?) project many times now. I honestly don’t know how he has a chance to breathe, that dude is constantly on tour or releasing new music.
All that hard work must be paying off though, it seems with each show there are more and more people who know him and are stoked to see him. As Jeff and his band mates took the stage to a soundbyte of Chris Farren singing the Rocky theme introducing them to Philadelphia, the place exploded with enthusiasm as he started with Worry album opener “We Begged 2 Explode”.
One thing I’ve always liked about Jeff’s music he portrays a no bullshit story about growing up. We’re similar in age, so throughout my own life his bands it’s always been like a soundtrack to growing up and becoming an adult. His music appeals to not only people who’ve not only grown up alongside of him, but also younger kids who were too young when Bomb The Music Industry/ASOB were still touring, and I always thought that was pretty cool how now getting into his back catalog through his solo work.
Playing a set consisting mostly of his last two LPs Worry and We Cool? Jeff and company played an energetic set that ended with Jeff Rosenstock stage diving and standing on the crowd as he played a solo during final song “You, In Weird Cities”.
Setlist (from what I remember):
We Begged To Explode
Wave Goodnight To Me
Staring Out The Window At Your Old Apartment
I Did Something Weird Last Night
…While You’re Alive
Perfect Sound Whatever
You, In Weird Cities
The Menzingers have certainly come a long way over the years, from playing small South Philly houses to selling out one of Philadelphia’s bigger venues, the band has slowly been mellowing out, and their latest album After The Party is another step in that direction. Not be “that guy”, but when bands go this direction I usually fucking hate it, however as I stated previously I really liked After The Party and was excited to hear those songs live.
The local punks took the stage and kicked things off with After The Party opener “Tellin’ Lies”, and even though the album came out less than 2 months ago, almost everyone in the crowd shouted along to the anthemic chorus hitting a bit too close to home “where we gonna go now that our 20s are over?” Following it up with the fan favorite off Rented World “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore”, The Menzingers only played a few off that album while concentrating mostly on On The Impossible Past and After The Party (sadly nothing off Chamberlain Waits ,which is my personal favorite, but they did play the ode to the Philly house “Ava House”)
Every time I’ve ever seen The Menzingers, they always put on an incredibly energetic set and sound really tight live. The new songs are incredible live, and if you get a chance to catch them, go do it.
I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore
Thick as Thieves
Burn After Writing
My Friend Kyle
After The Party
House On Fire