It’s been over a year since the Menzingers have graced UK soil and it’s safe to say that they were missed, judging by their sold-out show at Bristol’s Bierkeller.
The Bierkeller is known for hosting rock acts and the venue mirrors that with their dingy and dark image – a social club vibe with benches and the bar parked right in the middle. It is perfect for the Menzingers. The band command the room as soon as they set foot on stage, sending the fans into a beer frenzy.
The American band opened their live set with a track from the latest album After the Party Tellin’ Lies and the crowd went mental for it; the front was jam packed before they even came on stage, so this only encourage their fans to push forward.
it was pretty damn euphoric
After a few tracks from their latest album, Menzingers switch to singing tracks from their album On the Impossible Past – I think if you ask most fans, this is the album they fell in love with. The album is a nod to heartbreak and nostalgia with lyrics ‘I’ve been having a horrible time / pulling myself together / why do all good things just fall apart’ from track Good Things, which the crowd sung back word for word, it was pretty damn euphoric.
The delivery from singer and guitarist Greg Barnett was effortless; his vocals were smooth and the moments where his voice breaks only emphasises the raw and honest moments of their lyrics. The partnership with fellow vocalist Tom May is an absolute winner, neither overshadows the other and their voices compliment each other perfectly. Not to mention the rest of the band, whose set was tight and smart – they did a fantastic job of shining individually whilst proving how well they gel as a band.
To give you an idea of the moshpit – I set myself comfortably near the back and by the end of the track I was somewhere near the front left speaker
I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore was, unsurprisingly, a definite crowd pleaser from their second album Rented World. To give you an idea of the moshpit – I set myself comfortably near the back and by the end of the track I was somewhere near the front left speaker. The energy levels in the room were epic.
Finishing with title track After The Party everyone in the room sang the lyrics: ‘After the party / it’s me and you’, which seemed a fitting end to the night. A truly awesome show and the only thing left to do was take a shower.
Words by Hannah Ryan