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Stream the Menzingers’ Crisp, Boisterous ‘Rented World’ Album

The Menzingers have a simple philosophy when it comes to album openers: Keep ‘em blunt and declarative. “Good Things,”the first track from 2012’s On The Impossible Past, kicked off with singer-guitarist Greg Barnett declaring in a subdued baritone, “I’ve been having a horrible time.” The pop-punks’ latest effort, Rented World (due out April 22 via Epitaph Records), starts off equally forthright. After a brisk verse of sprinkler high hats and palm-muted guitars, the band cuts out to allow Barnett to plainly and simply admit: “I don’t wanna be an asshole anymore.”

This time around, the Menzingers have enlisted the services of engineer Jonathan Low (known for his work with Kurt Vile and the National) and returned with a sleek, concise record that’s unafraid to ratchet down the gain or crank up the emotion. On the many occasions when Barnett and fellow singer-guitarist Tom May spill their guts, the lyrical viscera comes in buckets. Honest, vulnerable declarations such as “All your friends are dead and gone” and “I never loved you anyway,” pour out of them with impunity.

In support of Rented World, the Menzingers will be joining Lemuria, Pup, and Cayetana on a lengthy excursion across the U.S. Find dates below, but first, stream Rented World in its entirety. Pre-orders of the effort are now available online.

The Menzingers tour dates:

May 29 – Providence, RI @ The Met

May 30 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

May 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

June 1 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel

June 2 – Rochester, NY @ The Bugjar

June 3 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

June 4 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

June 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

June 6 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

June 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

June 8 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

June 10 – Davenport, IA @ River City Experience

June 11 – St. Louis MO @ Firebird

June 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis

June 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

June 15 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder

June 17 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

June 18 – Portland, OR @ Branx

June 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims

June 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

June 22 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic

June 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock

June 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

June 26 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 Inside

June 29 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds Downstairs

June 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

July 2 – Tampa FL @ Orpheum

July 3 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

July 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade @ Middle

July 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

July 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

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