Recently experienced. I finally got to see The Marked Men. They did a few shows at Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, all of which sold out immediately. I went and stood outside, to wait for a miracle, as deadheads say. I asked everyone walking by if they had a ticket and eventually struck up a conversation with a friendly Rocket From The Crypt aficionado. He told me tickets for the show were for sale on StubHub were selling for $150. The bouncer responded incredulously when he overheard. I groused about the band and the bar getting a cut of a $12 ticket, while a crappy website gets $138. The promoter overheard my need for a ticket and brought me inside and sold me and my buddy a pair. For $12 apiece. Thanks, Fred. Suck it, StubHub.
I was so surprised by my good fortune, that it took 5 minutes before I realized I was about to see The Marked Men and became super pumped! I saw 3 openers, all of whom were good. Especially Iron Chic. I realized halfway through their set that they sound just like Samiam, whom I adore, so that’s a good thing for me.
Finally the heroes of the hour appeared. They came out swinging with Little Bit Of Time and didn’t let up. The dynamic accents and clever guitar riffs set amid driving garage punk and catchy catchy melodies, their signature formula, thrilled the crowd for a full set and 2encores. They even played Red Light Rumors, which has that desperate bittersweet melody that gets me every time. That’s the setlist, but it’s not high-rez enough. I just love the way the bass player held it to his amp by skewering it on his cable plug. Another ingenious way to display a setlist by a punk rock bass player. God bless The Marked Men.