Philadelphia punk rockers The Menzingers have announced their seventh studio album, “Some Of It Was True,” set for release on October 13th via Epitaph Records. The announcement comes more than 15 years into their careers, during which the band has built a reputation as relentless road warriors and creators of an enviable catalog of music.

“Written over the last two and a half years in hotels, backstages, basements, and rehearsal rooms and recorded during a life-changing retreat down south, ‘Some Of It Was True’ is the most realized version of what we set out to do when we started this band 17 years ago—have fun and be ourselves,” shared vocalist and guitarist Greg Barnett.

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The album’s lead single, “Hope Is A Dangerous Little Thing,” has been released along with an accompanying music video. The track balances confessional lyrics with an anthemic edge, showcasing the band’s signature style.

Following the 2019 release of their acclaimed album “Hello Exile,” The Menzingers went on to release an EP of acoustic reworks, “From Exile,” in 2020. The EP was described by Chorus.FM as an opportunity for the band to “flex their creative muscles and make the most of their time away from each other in quarantine.” Gregor Barnett’s solo record “Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave” (2022) garnered praise from Kerrang! for its “clear-eyed songwriting.”

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The recording of “Some Of It Was True” took place at the legendary Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, under the guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Brad Cook (Bon Iver, the War on Drugs, Waxahatchee). Cook’s input played a crucial role in capturing The Menzingers’ distinctive live energy within the studio setting, resulting in their most immediate-sounding and energetic record to date.

Cook, reflecting on his time with the band, shared, “The Menzingers are as real as it gets. I had an absolute blast working with these guys and was moved to tears many times. They are truly dedicated to artistic growth, and to each other, in ways I found both refreshing and beautiful. I am now a lifer.”

Guitarist and vocalist Tom May acknowledged the impact of Cook’s involvement, saying, “Brad massively changed the way we were approaching the record. We’d talk about music and develop a vocabulary about how to work together, and that made us embrace chasing the feeling instead of worrying about locking in things immediately.”

Lyrically, “Some Of It Was True” showcases the band’s expanded songwriting approach, drawing inspiration not only from personal experiences but also from broader themes that touch the lives of those around them. Barnett explains, “This record just feels different for us. It’s a really important one in our catalog, and a pivotal moment in our history. We have the liberty of our fans growing with us now, and after writing these lyrical songs about where we are in life, we decided to take other peoples’ stories and make something bigger out of it.”

Embracing change, “Some Of It Was True” is a reflection of The Menzingers’ growth as musicians and their unwavering commitment to producing honest, heartfelt music. Fans can expect an album that is both familiar and fresh, showcasing the band’s evolution while staying true to their punk roots. The album is available for pre-order now, with its official release set for October 13th.

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