The Menzingers

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Originally stemming from Scranton, though now claiming Philly as home, the Menzingers are one of those punk bands that make you think the mid-’90s heyday of pop-punk never ended. They just put out Rented World, a mix-up of Mr. T Experience emo with Bouncing Souls-ish catchiness, to mostly positive reviews.

The band’s previously work—most notably 2010’s Chamberlain Waits and 2012’s On the Impossible Past—have been noted as standout albums, utilizing both simple chord progressions and universal lyrics. One of my favorite (and notably spitball punk) lyrical gems from Chamberlain Waits’ “I Was Born,” is, “Let these simple songs get caught in our heads, brace the frames of our worthless beds, all my life never gave a fuck, someone please wake me up.”

Rented World was actually recorded at Fishtown’s Miner Street Studio by producer Jonathan Low, whose previous work included Kurt Vile, The National and others who didn’t fit into that pop-punk mold in which the Menzingers have often found themselves. The four-piece noted it wanted to put out the album with a producer who wasn’t used to their style to better handle the changes they were putting into their new material. That seemed just fine by legendary Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz, who has regularly praised ‘em. And everybody knows once the boss loves you, you’re golden. // RANDY LOBASSO

8pm, $16-$18. With Lemuria, PUP + Cayetana. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/31/2014. .

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