"Under Suspicion" (Victory; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Chances are that if you like Rancid, Madcap will find a place in your heart as well. This So Cal punk rock outfit's latest 11-track offering strikes quite a few chords with both the punk/ska community and the rock crowd, making "Under Suspicion" the most well-balanced of the band's works. 

Citing not only the obvious Clash and The Jam influences, but also taking it back to such rock luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, Madcap masterfully incorporate the big rock sound of the '80s in such tunes as the reggae-flavored "Under Suspicion" and the rebellious jolt of "Youth Explosion."

Yes, the band wears suits and ties and looks like an average skankin' rawk band, but underneath it all lies a lot of heart and solid slabs of melody which make Madcap the street punk band that you can hum along to. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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