Monday, February 6, 2012

MIC: "On All 4's"

Label: TSM/SLW 2012

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

MIC aka Made In China are definitely out to conquer the world like any product of big Asia nowadays. Although the troops have not all been assembled yet, there are enough of foot soldiers and various small gadgets here to keep the listener on their toes. "On All 4's" - much like the title may suggest? their fourth album and perhaps even the strongest so far. Yvon Serré (vocals/guitars) and company are coming up with eclectic rock and punk heavily influenced by the seventies and the eleven tracks on display are all nicely performed.

Tracks such as "Chemicals" and "Happy Days" had me seriously thinking about Joe Jackson of the late seventies (I've recently discovered him and been playing the 'Look Sharp' record a lot lately). You know, the funny lookin' dude with hits such as "Is She Really Going Out With Him" and the song later covered by Anthrax, "Got The Time". It's a mish-mash of U.K. influenced ska punk-rock and the more hardrockin' attitude of Cheap Trick. By the way, Joe Jackson's "Look Sharp" - one seriously underrated album of the past. "Cookin'" is meat and potato hardrock while the opening stomper, "Can't Take Anymore", fits nicely inbetween cocky melodic rock and the strutt of the Stones. Final verdict: Not too shabby at all really. Soundclips at the links below.

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