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The Menzingers - The Obituaries b/w Burn After Writing [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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The Menzingers: The Obituaries b/w Burn After Writing [7-inch]The Obituaries b/w Burn After Writing [7-inch] (2012)
Red Scare

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February is gearing up to be a really good month for the Menzingers. After years of touring and kicking out high quality records, the group is finally dropping their third full-length on the legendary Epitaph Records. Both as a rising band and a bunch of Bad Religion fanboys, that's gotta rule. That.


February is gearing up to be a really good month for the Menzingers. After years of touring and kicking out high quality records, the group is finally dropping their third full-length on the legendary Epitaph Records. Both as a rising band and a bunch of Bad Religion fanboys, that's gotta rule. That's still a few weeks away, though; in the meantime, former label Red Scare has a two-song taste of On the Impossible Past.

"The Obituaries" is a concise, catchy rocker with a big, if somewhat obvious, chorus. For a band on the brink of reaching a larger audience, it's kind of hard not to read into "But I will fuck this up / I fucking know it." But even if the Menzingers do indeed stumble, this song is still a winner. It has everything fans love: Passionate vocals, urgent guitars and honest imagery.

Self-doubt weighs heavily on both songs. "Burn After Writing" doesn't have a giant hook like "The Obituaries," but there's some strong pull here as well. Whether the band is copping to stolen parts ("Here's to you / The same chords that I stole / From a song that I once heard") or missing someone something fierce ("I can't fight the flame / It burns"). "Burn After Writing" feels like a sequel to "Time Tables" from Chamberlain Waits, in that the narrator is still missing that girl in the blue dress who got away, still grasping at half-remembered songs, still struggling against the heat. The musical structure is a little more open and rambling, but it suits the searching in the lyrics.

For all the weariness in the words, though, the songs are mighty catchy. Hopefully, "The Obituaries" and "Burn After Writing" are just a taste of what's to come on Impossible Past.

 

 
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Branko (March 1, 2012)

Magnificent 7''

nickyno (February 7, 2012)

I have a feeling the line in Burn After Writing, "the character are thin/ the plot does not develop/ it ends with it begins" may set up a loose story line throughout the album....

Who knows though! Great tunes.

telegraphrocks (February 7, 2012)

These two songs are so goddamn good. My first listen of the album didn't do anything for me, but following listens made me love it more and more.
I'll go into that more when the actual album review is posted, and I have the physical copy in my hands to browse through, lyrically.

The Menzingers are a great fucking band.

RedScare (February 7, 2012)

Stoked we got to work with these two songs. Lotsa hits on the LP and I think my favorites have shifted the more I listen to this stuff. That's the power of Busch Light for ya.

nocigar (February 7, 2012)

EchosMyron,
Right?! Because NUFAN albums are so exciting!

robalobadob (February 7, 2012)

Dishonest Imagery = Optical Illusions

killtaker (February 7, 2012)

These guys are so good live and Chamberlin Waits was such a great record. I am super excited for the new full length.

renaldo69 (February 7, 2012)

nicely reviewed bud

blackpowerballad (February 7, 2012)

As opposed to...dishonest imagery?

EchosMyron (February 7, 2012)

Ugh. Boring.

exitenglish1208 (February 7, 2012)

both songs are so many different kinds of perfect

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