Hello Exile, produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Mannequin Pu*sy, Quicksand), was recorded over the course six weeks at Yip’s Conshohocken, PA-based Studio 4. The record sees The Menzingers take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. With the band achieving that soul-baring intimacy all throughout the album, Hello Exile emerges as The Menzingers’ most emotionally daring work to date.
“We’ve always been in love with good songwriting and the beauty of taking a song to its fullest potential, but with this album I feel like we’re really becoming the band we’ve always wanted to be,” says singer/guitarists Greg Barnett. Not only a creative turning point for The Menzingers, that uncompromising honesty helps fulfill their mission of leaving each listener with a potent sense of solidarity. “A lot of these songs are looking at different life challenges—they’re stories of people at some sort of crossroads,” Barnett explains. “We might not have the answers for anybody, but hopefully the songs will help them to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and know that they’re not alone in whatever tough decisions they’re facing.”
In anticipation of Hello Exile, Barnett looked back at the bands previous catalog with writer Dan Ozzi for his interview series “Rank Your Records”.
The band will hit the road beginning later this month with support from Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse. Contact us with any requests!
RIYL: Beach Slang, Joyce Manor, Rozwell Kid, Jeff Rosenstock, Gaslight Anthem, The Sidekicks
TRY: #2, 5, 1
DIRTY: #3, 8, 12
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