If you’ve ever checked out the jukebox at a Seattle dive bar, The Murder City Devils require little introduction. The reunited locals, back on stage this weekend, provided a jolt of excitement during the lean post-grunge years. Like their forebears The Misfits, MCDs dealt in punkish rock with fright-night flair.
Their definitive 1998 Sub Pop LP “Empty Bottles Broken Hearts” talked the talk, while their boozy, candlelit live shows walked the walk — or more accurately, stumbled — with frontman Spencer Moody spinning seedy yarns of star-crossed love and barroom regret to muscular power chords and ominous organ sounds.
The group’s recent comeback album, “The White Ghost Has Blood On Its Hands Again,” might not make many new converts, but the hometown crowd should be too busy shouting itself hoarse to care.
Murder City Devils, Deep Creep, Corey J. Brewer
9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20-$22 (206-628-3151 or showboxpresents.com).