The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw celebrated their 7th Annual NEPA Holiday Show in their hometown of Scranton, PA at the Scranton Cultural Center with friends and family. This lineup consisted of The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Captain, We’re Sinking, and The Hill You Die On. Three Man Cannon were scheduled to play, but had to cancel last minute. Just like the previous years, the lineup is diverse and features bands from the NEPA music scene. Case and point, the opening band, The Hill You Die On is a doom metal band from Scranton that had a sound different than anyone else on the bill. Even though their music didn’t sound like the other bands, the open minded crowd embraced their sound head nods and applause.
Greg Barnett of The Menzingers brother’s band Captain, We’re Sinking played next and having built a name for themselves outside of the NEPA music scene, just like The Menzingers, Captain, We’re Sinking have a dedicated following. Their 12 song set had the crowd singing along, pushing to the front, and a surprise pit opening. Just like the Menzingers, Captain, We’re Sinking is a treasure in the NEPA music scene.
Tigers Jaw was the second to last band to close out the night. 2017 saw Tigers Jaw release their latest album Spin and tour on it extensively with ending the year at a well received hometown show. With a setlist focused on Spin, the crowd’s reception seemed to favor the new album just as much as the older material. Also thrown in was their set was covers of Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and “I Won’t Back Down” by the late Tom Petty, a great way to close out a successful year for the band.
Closing out the 7th Annual NEPA Holiday show was The Menzingers. As any Menzingers show goes, as soon as the first chord is played, the crowd instantly goes from 0 to 100 of insanity. Just like Tigers Jaw, 2017 saw Menzingers release After The Party which was highly praised as one of the best albums of 2017. The setlist consisted of almost the whole album of After The Party, along with a good array of their previous albums. The close out of their set featured a well played cover of The Clash’s “Straight To Hell”. For the 7th Annual NEPA Holiday show, this might have been the best one yet, here is to seeing what the 2018 one has in store.