While typically I would swear off any band that makes use of the lyric “nowhere left to hide,” in this case I will have to make an exception. I must admit I was taken off guard by Mad Ones’ Burning Window, having first heard the messy single “Miracle Intention” and been unimpressed. But on hearing the opening track of the group’s debut album, I knew I had been too quick to judge. “Face of Love” is a supremely satisfying tune. Soft backup vocals complement the heavily distorted guitars, and you’ll find yourself nodding and humming along. There’s a bit of Weezer in this album, and I mean that in a good way.
The titular track and “Face of Love” stand head and shoulders above the other enjoyable but unmemorable tracks. Were the album any longer, the power chord and crash cymbal structure may become formulaic, but as is I didn’t tire of the band’s sound. It’s a good sound, a familiar sound with a bit of a twist. Overall, I liked the album quite a lot, and I look forward to the band’s future efforts and explorations.
Stream the EP Burning Window here.