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Screamin' Cyn Cyn And The Pons, Butcher's Union, Hitter, The Hussy, Gender Confetti


  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

One of Madison's favorite punk bands returns for a packed spectacle of a show. Info/tix

Photo by Chris Norris.

Photo by Chris Norris.

Screamin' Cyn Cyn And The Pons gave Madison's music community a sweaty, glittery center of gravity in the mid-aughts, playing live shows that blended frantic punk with a flair for absurd theatricality. The songs lent themselves to over-the-top setpieces: Guitarist/vocalist Cynthia Burnson played a demented dinner-party host on "Set The Table," and vocalist/keyboard player Shane O'Neill declared  a chimichanga-fueled "girls' night out" on "Pedro's," a song that climaxed with the refrain of "I want a House on the Rock, a House on the Rock, and a baby in my belly." The band also used its popularity to boost up other bands and celebrate the variety of music in town, offering a natural bridge between folks looking to rock out and people in search of something a bit freakier.  

O'Neill left Madison for New York in 2011—he recently caught up with Tone Madison about that in a podcast interview—but the band never really broke up and still plays the occasional show, with drummer Steve Shah and bassist Christian Burnson grounding the spectacle in taut, driving rhythms. Shah, Christian Burnson, and Cynthia Burnson are still in town, and have gone on to play in bands including Paper Wasp, The Flavor That Kills, and Venus In Furs. This show, like Cyn Cyn shows of olden times, is something of a marathon at the High Noon, with four other bands on the bill. They include Madison queer-punk duo Gender Confetti, who recently announced their debut album, We're Gay. —Scott Gordon