The Men­zingers are re­turn­ing to the UK with their in­cred­i­ble new al­bum! Get ex­cited

WHO’S READY TO HEAR SOME NEW MEN­ZINGERS SONGS? YOU ARE? US TOO. NOW YOU BET­TER JOIN THE PUNKS’ PARTY…

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HEY, GREG! WE LAST SAW YOU OVER HERE SIX MONTHS AGO – ARE YOU KEEN TO GET BACK?

GREG BARNETT (VO­CALS/ GUI­TAR):“OH yeah, we’re so ex­cited.we’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to it, and we’ve been think­ing about set lists and lo­gis­tics and plan­ning ev­ery­thing.all of the shows have been sell­ing out, so I think it’s go­ing to be a re­ally fun time.”

ARE YOU GO­ING TO HAVE A NEW SET LIST?

“Yeah, def­i­nitely.we al­ways like to switch things around, and hav­ing as many records as we do now is crazy.we’ve al­ways been a band where we’d have a block and maybe switch one or two out each night, and it seems like there’s a lot of good re­ac­tions to the new record, in terms of what to play and what not to play.”

OVER­ALL, HOW HAVE THE SONGS FROM AF­TER THE PARTY BEEN GO­ING DOWN?

“It’s been un­be­liev­able. It’s been by far the best re­ac­tion to new songs that we’ve had in our ca­reer, so it’s been ab­so­lutely in­sane see­ing the way peo­ple re­act to them.”

WHAT COMES AF­TER THE PARTY WHEN YOU’RE ON THE ROAD – AN­OTHER PARTY?

“Yeah, I guess you could say that! Be­ing back­stage is usu­ally a good hang and a re­ally fun time. But I don’t want to give up too much in­crim­i­nat­ing be­hav­iour (laughs)!”

CAN YOU RE­MEM­BER THE MOST PARTYSCARRED CON­DI­TION YOU’VE HAD TO PLAY A SHOW IN?

“I ac­tu­ally vividly re­mem­ber this! We played Read­ing & Leeds for the first time; we played Leeds on a Fri­day night, then drove to Lon­don and flew to Fin­land for a fes­ti­val on Satur­day, and then we were fly­ing back for Read­ing the next day.at Leeds I just par­tied way too hard, it was rain­ing, we were cov­ered in mud, and had to wake up su­per-early for that flight – and I was in Fin­land think­ing,‘i just can’t do this – this is bru­tal!’ We got through it, and then we al­most missed our flight back, but we made friends with the woman at the ticket counter and she ran us through the airport. It was awe­some!”

ON YOUR TRAV­ELS, HAVE YOU EVER HAD SOME­ONE COME UP TO YOU AT A SHOW AND SAY, ‘MY LAST NAME IS MENZINGER’?

“Yes, once! Also, it’s a Bavar­ian fam­ily name, and when we’ve played shows in Bavaria we’ve had peo­ple come up and ask us why we named our band af­ter that, which is pretty funny!”

WHAT HAP­PENS IF SOME­ONE COMES TO A SHOW WITH I.D. PROV­ING THAT THEY RE­ALLY ARE A MENZINGER? WOULD YOU GIVE THEM SPE­CIAL TREAT­MENT AND LET THEM GET IN FOR FREE?

“Ab­so­lutely. I think it would be rude of us to say no to that (laughs)!”

FI­NALLY, WHAT ELSE IS COM­ING UP FOR YOU GUYS AF­TER THIS TOUR? DO YOU HAVE ANY FUR­THER TOUR­ING PLANS? OR HOW ABOUT SIN­GLES, VIDEOS OR ANY­THING ELSE IN THE PIPELINE?

“We’ve got a lot go­ing on! We’re do­ing the UK and hop­ping over to Europe for a cou­ple of shows, and then we go to Ja­pan for a week. That’ll be our first time, so it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. When we come back from that, we’re play­ing Punk Rock Bowl­ing in Las Ve­gas, and then we

have a cou­ple of fes­ti­val shows in the sum­mer and a cou­ple of boat booze cruises around the States.and then there’s more tours in the fall. So it’s re­ally busy, but it’s awe­some!”

DATES: Lon­don Cam­den KOKO April 19, Bris­tol Bierkeller 20, Manch­ester Acad­emy II 21, Glas­gow Oran Mor 22, Derby Venue 23, Nor­wich Epic Stu­dios 24. Sup­port:the Flat­lin­ers,the Dirty Nil.

“IF YOU’RE A MENZINGER, YOU GET IN FOR FREE!” GREG BARNETT

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