Album Review: ‘Be More Kind’ by Frank Turner

Title:  Be More Kind (Official, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Wikipedia)
Artist:  Frank Turner (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, Wikipedia)

I’ve had a really hard time trying to figure out how to put into words my feelings about Frank Turner’s seventh studio album Be More Kind.  Words like excellent and mesmerizing and important just don’t do it justice (though all are true).  I have been devouring Be More Kind since its release over a month ago and right from the first listen I knew that I was listening to something that not only spoke to me, but could truly make a difference in people’s lives.

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Concert Review: Bad Idols, Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves, Normal C, Pauly Creep-O

Artists:  Bad Idols (Facebook, InstagramBandCamp, Spotify), Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp, Spotify), Normal-C (Facebook, TwitterInstagramBandCamp), Pauly Creep-O (BandCamp, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify)
Venue:  The Blue Note (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Date:  March 25, 2018

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Single Review: “We Should Have Won” by Textbook

Title:  “We Should Have Won” (BandCamp, CD Baby, Spotify)
Artist:  Textbook (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTubeBandCamp, Spotify)

In celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band, Chicago, IL’s Textbook have released a new single “We Should Have Won” a song that is as much a lament as it is an anthem.

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘After the Party’ by The Menzingers

The follow-up to The Menzingers’ 2014 LP Rented World has finally arrived.

After the Party is the band’s fifth full length album overall and their third on the iconic Epitaph Records label.

The Menzingers hail from Scranton, Pennsylvania, a town of about 77,000 people in the northeastern part of the state. They were formed in 2006 from the ashes of ska punk band Bob and the Sagets. Their debut LP A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology was released on Go-Kart Records in July 2007. They released an EP, Hold on, Dodge! and an LP, Chamberlain Waits, with Chicago-based label Red Scare Industries. They were signed to Epitaph Records in 2011 and released their debut with that label, On the Impossible Past, in February 2012. That LP was voted Album of the Year in 2012 by Absolutepunk.net and Punknews.org.

The band has kept the same lineup since its inception, consisting of guitarist/vocalist Greg Barnett, guitarist/vocalist Tom May, bass player Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino.

If you are a fan of The Menzingers, then After the Party is something that you will like. If you are not familiar with their work, it is just as good a place to start as any.

From the opening track of “Tellin’ Lies” to the caboose of the bunch, “Livin Ain’t Easy” this album is a rollercoaster ride of nostalgic experiences. They weave memories of their life into magnificent lyrics while the music itself is what you would come to expect from the Pennsylvania natives: simple, congruent melodies. Every song is a tale of a band coming of age, reminiscing about the old days while at the same time keeping their eyes set on real life.

The album has reached #67 on the US Billboard chart and #2 on the US Independent Albums chart. This band certainly deserves any accolades it gets, especially for such a great piece of work as After the Party.