Punknews.org
The Menzingers - A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology (Cover Artwork)

The Menzingers

The Menzingers: A Lesson in the Abuse of Information TechnologyA Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology (2007)
Go Kart Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
User Rating:


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
(others by this writer | submit your own)

The Menzingers sound only vaguely enough like their influences to which they've gotten away with an inspired, original sounding and incredibly infectious "debut" (they self-released a rougher version of the same album with a slightly different track listing last year). A Lesson in the Abuse of In.
iTunes StoreAmazon


The Menzingers sound only vaguely enough like their influences to which they've gotten away with an inspired, original sounding and incredibly infectious "debut" (they self-released a rougher version of the same album with a slightly different track listing last year).

A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology contains some of the best melodies this style's heard in ages. The Menzingers harmonize like pros and deliver rousing songs with conviction and a consistently compelling nature. While they may have seemingly let up on the ska riffs a little, they still apply the occasional heavy upstroke to give the songs a little flair ("Clap Hands Two Guns"), but more often than not they deliver upbeat, gravelly pop-punk with a hint of early Against Me, likely to vocally remind some of earlier Anti-Flag. The band really hit their stride in tracks like "Alpha Kappa Fall Off a Balcony," "Victory Gin" and the title song, all of which find the band pleading desperately through a critical lens of societal antiquities and medicinal entertainment.

The thing is, the Menzingers aren't afraid to let their hearts occasionally hang out via acoustic numbers like "Coal City Blues," "Richard Coury," "No Ticket" and the brief but especially earnest "Cold Weather Gear," with their passion and youthfulness complemented by Jesse Cannon's crisp production. Cannon brings along his experience working with decidedly less traditional sounding punk acts like Saves the Day and Northstar that gives Menzingers their emotional charm without letting it come off tacky and forced.

The Menzingers already know what they're doing, and they're doing it sharply, only now they've got a more precise example of what it is.

Stream six songs off A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
The Menzingers - Chamberlain WaitsThe Menzingers - Hold on Dodge [7 inch]The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 SoundThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!The Gaslight Anthem - Sink or SwimAgainst Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Menzingers - On the Impossible PastAgainst Me! - As The Eternal CowboyThe Flatliners - Cavalcade

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Branko (June 13, 2012)

The year is 2012. but this album rules still.

keithybobeefy (July 18, 2011)

The cover of "Straight to Hell" is amazing.

drugmoney (April 30, 2010)

this is so really good. oh si

ak3punk (February 3, 2010)

Love this album. Can't wait for the new full length.

shanetmoran (December 9, 2007)

best record of 2007.
i'm serious.

rocktopus (October 28, 2007)

Gotta be on someone's list for record of the year. It's certainly on mine, and its very close to the top.

Anonymous (August 22, 2007)

cool album. a must have this summer!

badbrain (August 19, 2007)

amazing album, awesome dudes

Anonymous (August 19, 2007)

Awesome

WainscottRockCity (August 17, 2007)

that is a Northeast tour

WainscottRockCity (August 17, 2007)

Very solid album, but the production is sterile. I liked the rawness of the original version much better.

Now, if only they would actually go on tour...

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

The Menzingers played in the my friends basement and we all got a free copy of the cd before it came out.

definatley a great band. nice as hell too.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

excellent album. i recommend everyone pick this shit up.

Agreed. Good stuff.

GlassPipeMurder (August 17, 2007)

Me likey.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

Justin is so fucking slack. Good album, good kids.

-chris

Dante3000 (August 17, 2007)

Justin just creamed is panties.
-Dante

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

this is a fucking amazing cd.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

excellent album. i recommend everyone pick this shit up.

drunkenriot (August 17, 2007)

Shit, I need to get this!

Contests

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go