East to West
Side One Dummy
Guest review by Stephen Sheehan
successfully captures the bash and pop of first generation UK punk
as heard in Stiff Little Fingers, Buzzcocks, Sham 69 and even a
bit of early Clash. But amidst the piss and vinegar of the chunking
pop metal chords and sing-along choruses there is a lack of lyrical
depth, as evidenced in Bright lights, big city/We want
So who is this CD for?
Considering weve heard this stuff hundreds of times over the
past 25 years by dozens of better bands, I dont know who would
get excited about this in 2002. Madcap sound like their hearts
in the right place, but they also sound like theyd be the
perfect opening act for Joan Jett. Not that thats a bad thing.
But since theyre not adding anything to the formula that makes
them any different than any other clenched-fist revivalist, I cant
give them a 'yes.' Pogo anyone?
Posted Dec. 18,
2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
the piss and vinegar of the chunking pop metal chords and sing-along
choruses there is a lack of lyrical depth..."
But what I wanna know is what are you gonna do once you get
the streets? For a punk band, these guys are pretty Flaccid
(notice the capital 'F'?), especially compared to break-neck
acts like The Explosion who may not be plowing new ground
but at least sound like they care.