Show Review: The Menzingers, Microwave, and More at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA

Only a hometown crowd could give The Menzingers the reception they deserve. A month after the release of their latest album, Some Of It Was True, the band’s U.S. tour brought them through Philly and back to what they, and myself, grew up calling The Electric Factory. Now The Franklin Music Hall, we found ourselves in the same old converted switchgear plant rocking out to the classic pop punk we grew up on.

Joining The Menzingers were MICROWAVE, Cloud Nothings, and energetic openers Rodeo Boys. It was a packed bill for an emphatic, sold out crowd. Even the photo pit was packed that night. They played the usual favorites like “After The Party” and reminisced about seeing shows at the former Electric Factory as fans themselves for the likes of Bouncing Souls and Alkaline Trio. It was a deeper cut that got the dedicated Philadelphia fan base chanting the lead-up and chorus to “Your Wild Years,” a song that notably mentions Philly and traveling across the Walt Whitman Bridge.

As much as the band asserts that Philly crowds just go harder, the night was especially charged seeing a group of our own who made it, churning out yet another great pop punk record and going a little extra hard themselves on stage for the town they know and love!

The Menzingers

Microwave

Cloud Nothings

Rodeo Boys

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