MAD PARADE: Gangsters: 7”

Two more tunes from this venerable San Gabriel Valley institution. The title track sees ‘em branching out a little, with a dose of minor-chord country serving as the backbone to a tune that plunders the darker corners of the mind. On the flip, “Bitter End,” they revert to the classic Britain-via-Southern California sound they’ve honed into a finely wielded weapon for a tune about a love that’s disintegrated into “an illicit act of war.” Thirty-four years since I first saw ‘em in a Hollywood hellhole. They still pull killer new songs out of the ether like nobody’s business and deliver ‘em with a vigor that some new bands can’t even seem to muster. Thumbs way up. –Jimmy Alvarado (Gutterwail, madparade.biz)