Mad Marge & The Stonecutters at Karma
Mad Marge & the Stonecutters
Karma, Victorville, CA
May 31, 2008
Round trip gas to Victorville = $55
Dinner for two at burrito joint = $35
Tickets to the show = $24
Seeing Mad Marge and the Stonecutters perform in their home town = priceless
Sorry, but I could not resist the lame AMEX joke and there’s no other way to compare the experience of driving a million miles through the desert in a shitty PT Cruiser to check out one of the wildest live punk acts in years.
The Stonecutters run on a never ending trip of adrenaline, punctuated with infectious tunes and horror-tinged tales of monster debauchery. The last time I caught the band was at the Knitting Factory about a year ago, and since then these psycho darlings have cranked out a tremendous new record and have toured Europe. Concentrating on tunes off both records, singer Mad Marge stirred the local crowd into a frenzy, urging everyone to sing along including her dad who was sporting a shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Mad Marge’s Dad.”
Tearing through psychobilly classics like “Shake” and “Monsters,” Marge’s vocals are some of the best in the business. Some would argue that her pipes are being squandered on punk, but I think she’s the genres best kept secret. The rest of the band kicked ass, with a mean low-end bass thump and dueling guitars flanking the stage.
Sadly, the show was abridged due to a blown amp. I have no idea why they couldn’t just throw up one from the bands that played earlier but what can you do? All the best songs were played, and the band was beckoned back for a one song encore, which they played with a a crap amp to boot. The fans could care less, and everyone went home happy.
Driving back through the desert at night with the PT Cruiser from hell is a story for another day…