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- East to West (Side One Dummy) I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of this fucker in my head for days.  Thank God I actually I like it.  Simply put, Madcap plays punk rock the way it ought to be played.  Most of their songs are meaty, working class anthems that are infectious in the best sense of the word. (I once had a free STD test at the Mass General Infectious Disease ward [turned out I was clean, ya damn busybodies] that involved a horrifically painful encounter between a Q-tip and my instantly outraged urethra, and using “infectious” in a good way sure helps me distance myself from that terrible day).  These guys will definitely remind you of the Dropkick Murphys at times, but it’s in a cool, in-the-same-vein manner instead of a we’re-trying-to-ape-somebody-else’s-sound-because-it’s-popular kind of thing.  The first track on this 12-song disc is called “Bright Lights, Big City” and it’s one fine song.  Great energy, great lyrics, great lead guitar, and after listening to it for the umpteenth time a few minutes ago, I still felt compelled to happily jump up and punch the air while doing a really awkward looking jig.  (Don’t worry, nobody saw me).  Next up is “These Old Feelings,” a fist-pumping, sing-a-long cut about loyalty and friendship, and it totally rules.  In fact, I really like just about every song on East to West.  And to give you an idea of how good these guys are, I don’t even mind that on “Parental Advisory” they completely lifted the main riff from The Jam’s “In The City,” using it to open and close the song.  That sort of thing usually bothers the shit out of me but for some reason it doesn’t here.  Bottom line- in today’s climate of punk rock sameness, you absolutely owe it to yourself to check Madcap out. –Ben Hunter


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