The Menzingers drop new single ‘Strangers Forever’

Not long now until the release of their new record Hello Exile, out 4 October. 

Philadelphia-based punk band The Menzingers share the music video for the song Strangers Forever, a track off the band’s forthcoming record Hello Exile, out 4 October via Epitaph. The track is a searing tribute to parting ways, backing their spiky guitars with brilliantly barbed lyrics. “Lyrically, the song is inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina. In it, the character Darya Alexandrovna learns of her husband’s infidelity and declares: ‘Even if we remain in the same house, we are strangers — strangers forever!’” explains vocalist Greg Barnett.

“The idea of becoming a stranger to someone you so intimately know stuck with me and became the overarching narrative to this song.”

Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. The forthcoming sixth studio album, Hello Exile sees The Menzingers take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. With the band achieving that soul-baring intimacy all throughout the album, Hello Exile emerges as The Menzingers’ most emotionally daring work to date.

Hello Exile Track Listing
1. America (You’re Freaking Me Out)
2. Anna
3. High School Friend
4. Last to Know
5. Strangers Forever
6. Hello Exile
7. Portland
8. Strain Your Memory
9. I Can’t Stop Drinking
10. Strawberry Mansion
11. London Drugs
12. Farwell Youth

The Menzingers will hit the road early 2020 in Europe and the UK. All the upcoming tour dates are listed below.

25 January – Hamburg, Germany – Gruespan
26 January – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
28 January – Vienna, Austria – WuK
29 January – Zurich, Germany – Dynamo
30 January – Stuttgart, Germany – Universum
31 January – Munich, Germany – Technikum
01 February – Cologne, Germany – Kantine
03 February – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
04 February – Antwerp, Belgium – Zappa
06 February – Southampton, United Kingdom – Engine Rooms
07 February – Bristol, United Kingdom – SWX
08 February – Manchester, United Kingdom – Albert Hall
10 February – Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
11 February – Glasgow, United Kingdom – QMU
12 February – Newcastle, United Kingdom – The Riverside
14 February – Birmingham, United Kingdom – The Asylum
15 February – London, United Kingdom – O2 Forum Kentish town