MAMA: Speed Trap: Cassette

I have a soft spot for super catchy-sounding power pop and Mama comes very close to completely satisfying those cravings. The first song on this five-song cassette is the weakest of the bunch, but once it’s out of the way, this tape opens up with some great punk-influenced pop jammers. “Open Secret” sounds like it could be an unreleased track by The Nils from the Sell Out Young era, while “White Hen” has some definite Cheap Trick moments (especially in the vocal melody). I also wouldn’t be too surprised to find the first two or three records by The Replacements in the record collections of the members of Mama. This is all high praise, and needless to say, I like this quite a bit. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (facebook.com/mamabandchicago)