Western Canada for the win. The newest offering from Calgary’s Mandates is another blast of upbeat, faster New York Dolls-style glam/punk. It would be difficult to track down another band with comparable musicianship; these guys are pros. “Suspicion” is catchy and filled with slick guitar licks, without overdoing it. “Wasting Time,” the flipside, is reminiscent of The Barreracudas recent work. Can’t say enough great things about these guys.
–Steve Adamyk (Teenage Rampage)