MAD MARGE AND THE STONECUTTERS - Liberated!

Mad Marge And The Stonecutters - Liberated!

11 songs
36:47 minutes
***** **
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Mad Marge And The Stonecutters’ first two records never found their way to the other side of the Atlantic, but their second CD Liberated! is finally released on a European label. The band photo and the use of a double bass made me guess for another psychobilly band, not at all my favourite kind of music.

My fear was dissipated with the opener No Looking Back, which starts in a rock’n’rollish way, with the sweet and clear vocals reminding me of British band Deadline. Ignoring their geographical origins, Mad Marge And The Stonecutters seem to be strongly influenced by bands from the United Kingdom. The male backing vocals have an oi touch. When the band plays classic hard rock, Girlschool seem to be another influence.

In The Name Of is the only song with a nod to psychobilly. In fact, the punk and pop elements are much more dominant on Liberated!, which contains quite short and tight songs, some of them so melodic that they have real hit potential. Hardest Thing has an exceptional melody, Liberation has a more relaxed mood, but kicks ass at the right moments. Don’t Put Up A Fight even shows off a reggae rhythm.

Liberated! isn’t the most original album as the band’s main influences are dating from the Seventies and Eighties underground scenes in Britain. The band has nevertheless a sense for appealing material, so everyone who’s fond of Deadline, Blondie and Mad Sin will probably like this nice piece of pop punk too.

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