By Michael M. Humel
The Marquees and The Bounty Hunter Brothers played a show at The Bunkhouse with Idaho group The Aaron Ball Band on June 8th. The only setback was equipment issues with the sound. The drummer for The Marquees told jokes to keep the crowd entertained while the equipment issue was being fixed.
The Marquees were supposed to be a three piece band but played despite the fact that their bassist had left the band. I enjoyed their performance and did not even really notice any lack of sound. The one issue I found with the band’s performance that could improve is the lead singer’s confidence. He continually mentioned things about the performance that could have been bad. He also kept reminding us they didn’t have a bassist. The song, “Sleepwalker,” had a fun pop beat that reminded me of the bands Reel Big Fish and Primus. The lead singer Stanlee Sigala’s vocals reminds me of Robert Smith from The Cure.
The Bounty Hunter Brothers were a shock of excitement in their set. The vocals on “Killing Time” by William Davenport displays a powerful growl that would set the tone for the rest of the band’s show. The song also had a unique and interesting guitar riff played by Bobby Pesti. The song “Play the Field” also gave Bobby Pesti his best vocal of the night. The song, “Sloan,” shows a softer side to the band. I enjoyed the drum work by Roger Perez in this song because it wasn’t overkill. He played it perfectly and complimented the song. The song “Garage” from their digital album Paid in Full shows faster more intricate drum work by Perez that drives the song and becomes its engine.
The last group to take the stage was the Aaron Ball Band from Idaho. I enjoyed the more alternative rock style of this band, complimented with good storytelling. The song, “Nancy,” tells a story of a man who likes to dress in women’s clothing, and it does it in a very humorous enjoyable way. It reminded me of the song “Lola” by the Kinks, when the singer is talking about someone who he things is a woman but she ends up being a he. One of my favorite moments in the band’s set was a drinking song called “Beer Before Whiskey.” I enjoyed the melody and relaxed nature of the song. The band played a cover of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, which was a big surprise and showed some versatility within the band. Another cover the band played was “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones. My favorite part of this cover was the bass and drum work. The Aaron Ball Band was the most interactive act of the night, which is an element of a concert that is sometimes overlooked.