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The Menzingers: Hold on Dodge [7 inch]Hold on Dodge [7 inch] (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: sickboiChris
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Adrift in a landscape of emo, indie rock, hardcore, post-hardcore, pre-hardcore and countless other genres associated with punk rock and overall “independent music,” Philadelphia-by-way-of-Scranton band, the Menzingers, chose to stick with what they knew and loved. Borrowing from musical influences that many of us grew up listening to (and still do), yet many often attempt to distance themselves from, the Menzingers are probably one of the most honest young bands you’ll come across today. Their story began with a strong debut LP, A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology, released in 2007. It seemed that everyone that heard the record was really into their mid-tempo punk rock, sprinkled with hints of Clash-esque reggae and ska. The problem was, not a lot of people were hearing it. With increased touring in 2008, a small buzz began to follow the band, culminating at the annual Fest in Gainesville, FL, where the Menzingers played an energetic set to an eager and equally energetic crowd. The performance was enough to catch the ears of Tobias Jeg and Brendan Kelly, infamous proprietors of Red Scare Industries. The label had recently begun to extend beyond their standard Midwest pop-punk fare, and the Menzingers were equally interested in joining a label to help get their music to a wider audience.
We’re the Disneyland dope-fiends, it’s a small world, when you’re praying up to the pill;Rounding out Hold on Dodge is “Red, White and Blues,” a great closing track that combines many of the band’s strongest attributes -- varying vocal styles, building tempos and infectious choruses.
The title Hold on Dodge is the band’s own take on the expression "get outta Dodge," with their interpretation meaning to not jump and run away, and forgetting who you are and where you came from. Whether it was meant to relate or not, the 7” Hold on Dodge is an example of that mentality. New ideas, improved songwriting -- yet staying with what works for them and the sound they enjoy; the Menzingers aren’t sitting still, but are far from forgetting who they are. In the merit system of 7” records, I can’t find a single flaw with this release. Each song holds its own ground, and complements the one before or (flip record) after. I'm not sure what "perfect" is, but this record is pretty much there.
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