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

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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