2017-10-18 ALBUM REVIEW – MAD MAN’S CREW "Riot without Weapons" (2017)

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Mad Man’s Crew “Riot without Weapons”
Release date: September 10, 2017
Running time: 40:39, 11 tracks

Hungarian band Mad Man’s Crew is going pretty fast. The band from Queen’s City (Veszprém) was established in 2015, they released a 4 track demo in 2016, then some video clips and finally their debut album has just been delivered.

Levente Molnár (guitar, lead vocals), Attila Nagy (accordion, vocals), Tamás Szikszai (tin whistle, trumpet, vocals), János Varga (bass) and Balázs Krajcsi (drums) define their music as punk rock. Neither (Celtic) folk punk, nor pub’n’roll, but punk rock. There are accordion and tin whistle on their songs, but also electric guitar and trumpet. Given their approach,  I’d file them together with bands such as Michael and The Wolfhounds, Hooligan’s Mountain or Strawdaze.

The album is titled “Riot without Weapons” and obviously Woody Guthrie’s guitar comes to mind straightaway. “Anthem of the Anarchists” is one of the hottest moments on the album with electric guitar and trumpet. “Way to Go” (one of the songs from the demo, featuring guest Máté Horváth on vocals) is another top-notch track with tin whistle, accordion and two vocalists. The bonus track in Hungarian “Igyál velünk!” is an excellent number with some reggae at the beginning and some ska punk at the end. And album openers “Leave Behind” and “Darling, Darling, Go to Hell” (featuring guest Júlia Seres on flute) are other highlights too.

Other interesting cuts are the songs from the demo “Drunken Society”, “Sit Back and Relax”, and “Orange Country”, together with “Riot”, a song that vocally can remind of Paddy and The Rats.

Mad Man’s CrewRiot without Weapons” comes in a gatefold sleeve with the line-up, guests, studio credits and a “content disclaimer”. There is no lyric booklet, but lyrics videos for all of the songs are available at the band’s YouTube channel.

It’s hard to say which is the best (Celtic) folk punk scene in Europe, but one thing is for sure: Hungary has one of the most appealing scenes. And Mad Man’s Crew are offering something different from other Hungarian bands.

Track listing:

01 – Leave Behind 3:15
02 – Darling, Darling, Go to Hell 3:44
03 – Drunken Society 3:13
04 – Sit Back and Relax 3:11
05 – Orange Country 3:26
06 – Riot 3:40
07 – Anthem of the Anarchists 4:29
08 – From Paris with Love 3:46
09 – Don’t Care (about the Past) 4:45
10 – Way to Go 2:58
11 – Igyál Velünk 4:05

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Review by Kinksmarkham

 



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