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The Menzingers Announce Acoustic Reworking of 'Hello Exile'

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 Written by Huw Baines

The Menzingers have announced a revised edition of ‘Hello Exile’.

‘From Exile’ is an acoustic reimagining of the Philadelphia-based punk band’s most recent LP, recorded remotely during Covid-19 lockdown. It’s out digitally on September 25 and on vinyl November 13. Head below to stream new takes on Strawberry Mansion and High School Friend.

“We would track the songs from our own home studios, share the files via Dropbox, and pray it all made sense when pieced back together,” guitarist and vocalist Greg Barnett said. “Initially, we planned for the album to be similar to our acoustic demo collection ‘On The Possible Past’ but we quickly found out that this batch of songs benefited from more detailed arrangements. 

“We rewrote, and changed keys and melodies. We blended analog and digital instruments in ways we never had before. We dug through old lyric notebooks and added additional verses. We got our dear friend Kayleigh Goldsworthy to play violin on two songs. No idea was off limits. Hell, I even convinced the band to let me play harmonica on a song (no small feat!). The recording process ran from mid-March till June, and upon completion we sent it over to our dear friend and close collaborator Will Yip to mix and master.”

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