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The Menzingers Sign to Epitaph | Ingrained Video Interview

by Andrew Norman

It was late, after a few beers. The Love Drunk crew was crashing at The Menzingers' house in Philadelphia after shooting a live music video with them at their favorite — and soon to be defunct — house show space. Guitarist/vocalist Tom May, rather nonchalantly, says something like, "Oh, today's kind of a big day for us. We signed to Epitaph."

Having grown up on punk rock and discovered many of my earliest, favorite bands from the label's Punk-O-Rama compilations, I knew this was huge news. And I couldn't believe that our timing was so perfect.

Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz founded Epitaph Records in 1981. And they helped propel bands like NOFX and Rancid to punk-legend status. They've also put out albums by Alkaline Trio, ALL, The Distillers, Descendents and The Bouncing Souls. They released the most-recent Weezer album, for chrissakes.

Ingrained's Andrew Roger grabbed his camera and I did an impromptu interview with May about the news. Roger edited mixed the footage with shots from the Love Drunk video. Watch it here.

Here's the Love Drunk Video:

themenzingers.com

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