Philadelphia punk band The Menzingers returned to their hometown area on Saturday, Feb. 4 to celebrate the release of their new album, “After the Party,” at the Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, and the Scranton natives were greeted with over 270 fans that nearly reached the small store’s capacity.
The band played stripped down acoustic versions of songs from the new record, officially released the day before on Epitaph Records, along with a few classic favorites, joking and talking a bit about the tracks in between. While they were drinking Yuengling that night, they mentioned that their new “After the Party” collaboration beer with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon near Philly should be available in Northeastern Pennsylvania soon.
After the show, they met the long line of attendees to sign CDs, special posters, and a red vinyl of “After the Party” exclusive to indie record stores. The album went on to top the local album sales chart that week, according to Gallery of Sound co-owner Joe Nardone, Jr.
Wilkes-Barre video company Feet First Productions was there to film the entire 10-song set, which can be watched below:
The Menzingers setlist, Feb. 4, 2017, Gallery of Sound, Wilkes-Barre:
Burn After Writing
House on Fire
I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore
The Menzingers will soon embark on a 2017 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.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.