Rich Howells

MUSIC VIDEO: Scranton’s The Menzingers are nostalgic ‘Lookers’ in new live tour video

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After seeing colorful characters engaged in a funny food fight in their “Bad Catholics” music video that was released last month (and shot in their hometown of Scranton), it seems that Philadelphia punk band The Menzingers kept it simpler for the new black and white video for “Lookers,” the first single from their upcoming album, “After the Party.”

Filmed at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, the video covers a live show starting with the drive up to the excited fans screaming along to lyrics that recall younger and more adventurous days. Longtime fans may get that feeling just by watching the concert in the video, remembering the many shows that The Menzingers have played over the past 10 years.

Thankfully, local listeners who have been there since the beginning will be able to relive some of those good times at the sixth annual NEPA Holiday Show this Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) with Tigers Jaw; Captain, We’re Sinking; Three Man Cannon; Petal; and The SW!MS, who are reuniting for the third year in a row for one night only.

Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, can be purchased at, all Ticketmaster outlets, and the Scranton Cultural Center box office. Net proceeds from the Holiday Show will once again benefit Arts Alive, an intensive arts institute for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Less than two months later, “After the Party” will be released on Friday, Feb. 3 via Epitaph Records and can be pre-ordered now on Kings Road Merch, where it can be purchased on green or black vinyl or on CD bundled with t-shirts, hoodies, pins, pennants, and even their own coffee blend.

NEPA fans may want to wait and pick up the album at a free record release show at the Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Feb. 4, which includes a meet and greet with the group.

The Menzingers also recently announced a national tour with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid, which stops at Irving Plaza in New York City on March 30 and The Fillmore in Philadelphia on March 31, though the latter date will not include Rosenstock. Tickets for these shows are on sale now, and VIP bundles can be purchased here.

See photos from last year’s NEPA Holiday Show here and read a full review of the band’s summer concert in Scranton with exclusive photos here.

Listen to Menzingers vocalist/guitarist Tom May talk about the Holiday Show in Episode 43 of the NEPA Scene Podcast and hear Captain, We’re Sinking vocalist/guitarist Bobby Barnett discuss it in Episode 42: