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In the second half of their Kingston two-hander, The Menzingers turned a rundown toilet venue into a euphoric, orgiastic sweatlodge for one perfect hour.

Following pogoing punk from local boys Pacer and slightly emo-tinged rock from the wonderful Tigers Jaw, the Fighting Cocks was already at fever pitch by the time the Scranton boys showed up.

The venue seemed tightly packed, but as the opening chords to second song Good Things rang out, it seemed to double in size as the crowd surged towards the stage, morphing into a salty wave of air-punching, shouting humanity.

And there were plenty of other opportunities for singing along, as the band played a variety of hits, predominantly from the last two albums. With such a tiny venue, no barriers, and chant-along choruses such as Sculptors and Vandals, Time Tables, and Gates, the band would never have failed to stoke up their fans enthusiasm: the only worry was stopping crowd surfers from landing directly on the singers.

The pace relented, very briefly, for the two-hander of On the Impossible Past and Nice Things, before a huge sounding cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ Bullet With Butterfly Wings.

They rounded out the set with the Obituaries – replete with human pyramid, stage front – before returning for an encore comprising nothing more than Irish Goodbyes.

Following that final song, the band wandered out through a sated crowd. The fans meanwhile, bar the few lingering by the merch stand, beat a hasty if happy path to the outside world, literally soaked with the sweat of their own rock gratification.

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