The Menzingers, The Dirty Nil, and Worriers are coming to “The Lyric” at the Skyway on October 22nd. This tour has been generating a lot of buzz, so don’t wait to get tickets if you’re interested as other dates have already sold out! Tickets for the show available HERE.
Doors at 7:00pm // Show at 8:00pm // 18+
PLEASE NOTE: Proof of vaccine or negative COVID test (within 48 hours) is required to attend this show.
Worriers are an American melodic punk band from Brooklyn, New York, United States. The band’s music is centered on the songwriting of the former vocalist/guitarist of The Measure, Lauren Denitzio.
The Dirty Nil
Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Dirty Nil play a staggeringly loud, blown-out mélange of hard rock and punk with hoarse, raw vocals. Self-described as a “rock & roll band” and not a punk outfit, they toured for years before releasing an album, winning themselves a spot on the Warped Tour without ever compromising their ideals. Seasoned by years of road work, The Dirty Nil’s debut album, 2016’s Higher Power, was a rough but muscular approximation of their live attack, while their third album, 2018’s Master Volume, was more refined but no less swaggering. Two years later the band issued the punchy Fuck Art, which included the wry and explosive single “Done with Drugs.”
Raised on proto-punk and classic rock, childhood friends Luke Bentham (guitar, vocals) and Kyle Fisher (drums) grew up in sleepy Dundas, Ontario, a satellite town of Hamilton on the shores of Lake Ontario, near the border with the United States. They played music together for years, primarily for fun and practice, but the band did not really take off until bassist Dave Nardi joined in 2009 and they started to play shows in nearby Hamilton, a small city with a close-knit and thriving rock scene of which they swiftly became an integral part.
The band paid their dues with grueling tours across the U.S. and Canada, gradually honing their sound. With a strong D.I.Y. ethic, and in no rush to release an album, they churned out a steady stream of 7″ singles, one of which made its way into the hands of NOFX frontman Fat Mike. Impressed by the young band’s sound, he contacted them with the offer of a label deal on his Fat Wreck Chords label; the resulting 7″, “Cinnamon,” caused considerable consternation among fans of the label’s usually static skate-punk style. The Dirty Nil eventually signed to Dine Alone for the 2016 release of their debut album Higher Power, which recalled various ’90s icons of grunge, indie, and noise rock.
The band’s second album, Minimum R&B, arrived in 2017, the same year the band received a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) as “Breakthrough Group of the Year.” 2017 also saw the departure of Dave Nardi from the lineup, with Ross Miller of Single Mothers taking over on bass. The hard-working trio was back in 2018 with Master Volume, which found The Dirty Nil sounding more precise but no less committed to their rock & roll vision. The band continued to hone their verbose, garage-punk sound on 2021’s hard-hitting Fuck Art.
Pennsylvania combo The Menzingers play a lyrical and passionate strain of punk rife with big melodies and energy. After establishing themselves in the latter part of the 2000s, they joined the Epitaph roster and really began to hit their stride with 2012’s acclaimed On the Impossible Past, which landed on a number of critics’ year-end lists. Subsequent albums like 2017’s After the Party and 2019’s Hello Exile saw the Menzingers honing their sound, taking a more introspective, though no less powerful approach.
Though they would later relocate to nearby Philadelphia, The Menzingers came together as teenagers in Scranton, Pennsylvania and included former members of local ska-punk bands Bob & the Sagets and Kos Mos. Co-frontmen Tom May (vocals, guitar) and Greg Barnett vocals, guitar), along with bassist Eric Keen and drummer Joe Godino, released a self-titled demo in 2006, which found its way to the office of Go-Kart Records and subsequently earned the band a spot on the label’s roster. The Menzingers’ debut full-length, A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology, came out in the summer of 2007. The record went over well and the band found its name spreading steadily among punk fans, especially among fans of groups like the Lawrence Arms and Against Me!. They soon hooked up with Red Scare Industries for 2009’s four-song EP Hold on Dodge, then headed back into the studio to work with producer Matt Allison on their next full-length, Chamberlain Waits, which was issued amid growing hype in April 2010.
The following year, The Menzingers signed on with punk giant Epitaph Records, and in 2012 they released their third, more mature album, On the Impossible Past. The band continued to grow and refine their sound, incorporating elements of earthy and earnest heartland rock, a trend that was evident on their 2014 album, Rented World. Working with producer Will Yip on 2017’s After the Party, The Menzingers reflected on hitting their thirties and reminisced about their younger days, turning in a passionate, big-hearted release loaded with melody. This introspective streak continued on 2019’s Hello Exile, which also explores themes of political and personal turmoil. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out The Menzingers’ touring plans for 2020, and as the members were isolated in their homes, they chose to make an album using an unfamiliar approach. 2020’s From Exile found them revisiting songs from Hello Exile in different arrangements (and sometimes with revised lyrics), as each member recorded their parts separately at home and exchanged audio files to complete the sessions.