Mad Action : London Highbury Garage
...a special, special band...
Thankfully as well, most of their songs are way beyond ordinary. Students of the same early '90s college rock as mentors Black Rebel, their music is nonetheless more winsome and fuzzily tuneful than their black-clad contemporaries. Opener 'Wheel' has the kind of careering chorus that makes your heart beat faster, while 'Upside Down' is charmingly lacksadaisical fuzz-rock and 'Dynamite' even has a game stab at patenting a whole new genre with its fractured power pop/folk hybrid. Yes, only a fool would argue that absolutely each and every one of Mad Action's songs are of such a high grade - more than a few tonight are slight enough to get lost in the chatter by the bar. But the pair are both head-spinningly prolific (when they signed to their new label, Loog, they arrived with over 200 completed songs, possibly in a battered suitcase) and currently in the studio with car commercial-friendly Lightning Seeds popsmith Ian Broudie, so it won't be long before Mad Action ditch the ballast, conclusively proving that their mundane personal appearance is just a front for a special, special band.
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