While they’ve always written accessible punk rock, The Menzingers’ third album sees them take their slightly atypical song structures (they’re not much into the verse / chorus / verse way of thinking) and make them catchier than ever; whether it’s increasing their sing-along potential on ‘Good Things’ and ‘The Obituaries’, phenomenal song craft on ‘Sun Hotel’ or experimentation with new guitar effects on ‘Nice Things.’ But what propels this record along is the voice they’ve maintained since their first EP; they might use fewer chords, simpler riffs and less ambiguous lyrics than other more complex bands – but God damn, they say so much more.
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.