CD Reivew: The Menzingers “On the Impossible Past”

After forming five years ago in Scranton, Pa., emerging punk rockers The Menzingers released their first major label, full-length debut “On the Impossible Past” in February. The band’s hard rocking guitar and anthemic vocals work well in this high-energy, 13-track album recorded by longtime collaborators Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms) and Justin Yates. The Menzingers is Tom May (guitar/vocals), Greg Barnett (guitar/vocals), Eric Keen (bass) and Joe Godino (drums).

The band previously released two full-length albums on indie labels, but call “On the Impossible Past” their most definitive album to date. “We spent three weeks on this record, which is more time than we have ever spent in the studio, and I think it really helped shape these songs,” May said.

Opening track “Good Things” is an explosive anthem featuring intense vocals and fast-paced drums.

May calls “Gates” one of the more mature songs on the album, featuring smooth but heartfelt vocals by Barnett. “I hope it surprises people because it is not a straight-forward punk song with gang vocals or anything like that but it still definitely sounds like us,” May said.

The rocking track “Sun Hotel” keeps the album moving with unstoppable drums and vocals that scream with emotion.

The epic track “Freedom Bridge” closes the album with complex instrumentation and emotional vocals. The album overall could become your go-to music to listen to after a bad day. May himself receives e-mails from fans saying the album gives them a bit of a lift after a breakup or during difficult times in life.

If you are a fan of part-emo, part-punk music, the Menzingers will be worth checking out. The band has been busy this year, touring with bands such as The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against and Against Me! For more information, visit


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