Welcome to another Strictly Punk, all the week’s biggest stories in the world of punk
Word on the street was that there was gonna be a rock festival at Knebworth this July, I just didn’t believe it but then low and behold Sonisphere’s UK leg finally announced its first bands this week. It’s pretty slim pickings from a punk point of view so far but Refused and Flogging Molly will join headliners KISS, Queen (with Adam Lambert) and Faith No More over the weekend of July 6th to 8th.
Given some of the bands currently booked to be in Europe this summer, NoFX, Rise Against, Billy Talent, Refused, 2012’s Reading and Leeds’ Lock-Up stage has the possibility of being a belter.
New records afoot!
Another week, another round of studio updates. Canadian uber-indie punks Propagandhi have tweeted that they intend to drop a new record for the summer. This will be the band’s first long play since the excellent Supporting Caste came out in 2009.
The Bronx have also been talking up recording stating pre-production work begins next month and the band is scouting out recording facilities in Southern California right now.
NoFX, fresh from announcing a tour last week and an appearance at Download have also been talking up studio activity as they plan to head to the studio in April.
As for those tour dates, I had to confirm from last week after flakey inconsistent reports here’s how it goes down on the band’s website www.nofx.org
And finally some news from the end of the recording process Gaslight Anthem have announced the completion of their new record, the major label follow-up to 2010’s American Slang. Expect this out later in the Spring.
The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
Released this week On The Impossible Past is the third studio album from Pennsylvanian punks The Menzingers. The band’s Epitaph debut is a melodic affair. Opening track ‘Good Things’ is just that, bouncy and light with just a hint of urgency in the vocals through the chorus.
‘The Obituaries’ pumps up the tempo yet still it remains light going and that is of course no bad thing. The Menzingers aren’t a flashy band or one who wield a bludgeon to beat the listeners in with; they just play simple, quite beautiful punk rock.
‘Gates’, the track which was first released to the world back in January is heartfelt and earthy while the album’s title track is positively bare boned with straining vocals and sparse guitars. The album closes with the ‘Freedom Bridge’, the closest thing this album gets to an epic song with almost soaring guitars and clean vocals.
The Menzingers have created a very grown up, beautiful record here. It’s not edgy in any way but it’s far from over processed trashy punk pop either. It’s heartfelt, sparse story telling punk rock and comes most recommended from me.