With the successful release of On The Impossible Path, The Menzingers’ had some big shoes to fill on April 22 when they released their fourth album, Rented World.
The Menzingers – guitarist/vocalist Greg Barnett, guitarist/vocalist Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Nick Wilson – brought some new tricks to the table on Rented World, and in the end the trick paid off with yet another awesome album.
The foursome from Pennsylvania opens up Rented World with a bang on “I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore”. This week the band released a music video for the song, which in my opinion is one of the best and funniest videos I’ve seen in a while. How can you not laugh at Friday the 13th’s Jason trying to turn over a new leaf, using his machete to prepare food and pick up women on Ok Cupid (Check it out below)?
Keen gets to shine on “Where Your Heartache Exists” as it opens with a thick bass line before the guitars and drums kick. With lyrics like “I know where your heartache exists/it’s when you are alone and when you’re around me” and a catchy guitar riff along with great bass, it’s one of the strongest tracks on the record.
Throughout the album, you can hear the Menzingers trying out some new things. “Hearts Unknown” sounds like it could be found on a Bayside album. “The Talk” rocks like Green Day’s “Geek Stink Breath,” and “Transient Love” could play well to fans of The Cure.
The songs on Rented World sound great, but I think they’ll sound even better when performed and with crowd participation. “In Remission” is a song I can see being belted out by fans at the top of their lungs at shows in the near future. Especially towards the end when the band sings “If everyone needs a crutch/ then I need a wheelchair/I need a reason to reason with you.”
The album ends with “When You Died,” which is entirely acoustic and sounds like the baby of a Bob Dylan and an Against Me! number. The song is a fitting way to end the album as Barnett softly questions death, the struggle of growing up, and how to stay alive.
Rented World is a great punk album through and through with heavy guitars, fast drums, solid bass, and passionate vocals/lyrics.
Is the album more pop than their previous releases? Yes. Does it sound cleaner than previous records? Yes. Is there less reverb? Yes.
Should you give it a shot? Absolutely. As the Menzingers say, don’t be an asshole anymore.