MAD PARADE: Caffeine Scream: LP

Just when the world seems especially bleak, Mad Parade drops yet another stunner of an album. Essentially a reworking of many of the songs originally on 1994’s Jigsaw Reality, the production here is much beefier, the track order is reconfigured, and additional cuts are thrown in for good measure, including an unlisted “hidden” track. Their signature “So Cal punk meets UK82’s catchier wing” sound is employed to devastating effect throughout, the big choruses at times recalling the “sugar oi” goodness of Vanilla Muffins, at other times hinting at edgier rock influences. It’s a banger, stem to stern, and comes highly recommended. –Jimmy Alvarado (Gutterwail, madparade.biz)