The Menzingers released an incredible album in 2012 called On The Impossible Past that for many people was an introduction to the Scranton, PA-based punks. The first single from that album was "The Obituaries," and it's easy to see why that song got people interested in hearing more: The chorus repeats, "I will f-ck this up, I f-cking know it" over and over again.
For their new album, Rented World, which drops April 22 via Epitaph, The Menzingers released "In Remission" first, a scrappy, Replacements-ish track that pummeled listeners with a driving guitar riff. But they're returning to "Obituaries" territory with their latest single, "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore," the banging anthem we all knew was coming. Watch the video for the bluntly-titled track, which follows the story of a serial killer who tries to change his life and meet a nice girl, below.
Before you're deterred by what sounds like it could be noisy punk rock for the sake of those darn kids, consider this song's first verse. The Menzingers have never been short on poetry: "Last Friday night I wasn't me / I was a still-life trapped in eternity / I was the focal point out of focus, out of ink / And I've been wandering idly through the garden of your heartache / Always making a mess or stumbling out the door." Still here?
That being said, this track seems like it was written almost exclusively for this group's live show. A Menzingers show is a joyous, drunken thrill ride, as long as your idea of a thrill ride is helping catch stage-divers and getting soaked with cheap beer. "You're the only lover that I ever missed / Ever been hopelessly in love with" begs for crowd chants, and the theme of constantly waging the war to stop f-cking up your own life is one that plenty of 20-somethings (and 30-somethings, and 40-somethings, and...) can take cover under.
In some ways, that makes "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore" some sort of sibling song to "The Obituaries." In other ways, it's the start (literally, the beginning, track 1) of a record that could be the best punk rock has to offer in 2014.
Rented World is out now via Epitaph Records.