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On The Other Side
Marked Men On The Other Side Punk Rock Theory
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Monday, November 26, 2018 - 21:42
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Thomas

- by Wim Bervoets

Texas garage punk rockers The Marked Men are finally back with an album full of frantic three-chord power pop bangers, frenzied drums and soothing oohs and aahs.

Or so it seems… Because On The Other Side is a compilation of B-sides, rarities and tracks that never saw the light of day. No new album then, which would have been a first since 2009’s Ghosts. They’ve been on an on-again off-again hiatus pretty much since then, playing the occasional show now and then.

As they said themselves recently, On The Other Side will probably be the last thing we’ll ever hear from The Marked Men. This compilation album is therefore a nice goodbye gift for the fans and for the countless number of bands that were influenced by this Texas foursome.

There’s nothing as memorable as their earlier albums or 2006’s Fix My Brain on On The Other Side, but it’s still surprising how a bunch of B-sides and hard to find 7”es still make up for a frantic, spazzy and catchy as hell compilation album. Or how these old masters can still teach them younguns a lesson or two in songwriting.

 

Track listing:

  1. She Won't Know
  2. Nothing's Changed
  3. On
  4. The Other Side
  5. Too Pretty To Fuck
  6. Whip Myself
  7. Lost It All
  8. Oh My Pretty Face
  9. Like Robots
  10. Wait Here Wait For You
  11. I Can't Be Good
  12. Nothing Worthwhile
  13. Settle Down
  14. That Kid
  15. Disappear
  16. Go Cry