When: Thu., March 29, 9 p.m. 2012
Because Denton garage-punk all-stars the Marked Men only sort of exist as a band these days—guitarist Jeff Burke moved to Japan—guitarist and vocalist Mark Ryan opted for the I'll-play-all-the-instruments-my-damn-self route when he debuted this new project with a self-titled LP early last year. But after Mind Spiders received some well-warranted buzz, Ryan assembled a six-piece group of scene veterans, including members of Bad Sports and Marked Men drummer Mike Throneberry. The new Meltdown (Dirtnap) fills out Ryan's dry, lo-fi Texas fuzz with added guitar, synths, and a pair of drummers, and the album evolves—or deteriorates, depending on how you look at it—from poppy, driving hook-loaded anthems like "You Are Dead" and "On the Radio" into zip-zappy, Devo-tinged punk. The sci-fi atmospheres of the second half can be a little heavy-handed, and the album-closing instrumental title track wouldn't be out of place soundtracking the construction of a lunar city. But Ryan's roots in catchy garage punk run so deep that even when he ventures far out into space, home base is always near enough. —Kevin Warwick Magic Milk opens.
Price: $8 suggested donation