This past Friday, The Menzingers came to The Fillmore in Philadelphia on one of the last days of their “After the Party” tour and played to a sold out crowd. Even though we’ve only gone through a quarter of the year so far, this was (hands down) the best show I’ve seen so far in 2017.
Starting off the evening was Rozwell Kid, hailing from West Virginia and bringing a solid rock sound with just a touch of pop-punk for flavour. By the end of their set the venue was fairly full, with people having fun, and everyone getting settled in for the rest of the night. While the band was tuning instruments towards the end of their set, the patter devolved into a call-and-response session which ended with the guitarist asking the crowd to yell out their favourite internet browser. (You had to be there.)
Jeff Rosenstock was next and fuck me, their set just blew my damn mind. During the last song, Jeff took his horn and played while the crowd held him up by the legs. I will be listening to every-damn-thing that is available by him for the foreseeable future. (Prior to Friday, I had never heard of or listened to Jeff Rosenstock. If that sounds like you, stop what you’re doing and go listen to this dude. Right now.)
With the Beastie Boys “Intergalactic” playing, and the disco ball shooting lights every which way, The Menzingers took the stage to loud cheers. The fans erupted into huge smiles as soon as the band walked out. From start to finish it was such a joyful night, with people dancing, screaming, crowd surfing, and buying shots for random strangers. Some highlights from their set for me were: “Mexican Guitars”, “After the Party”, “The Obituaries”, and “In Remission”. Check out the gallery below for shots from the evening.
* all photos by Anni Kellam