RAD OWL: Madison Beast: LP/ CD

May 20, 2019

This album blows me away, I’m not kidding. On first hearing the guitar intro to “Hannah Barbera,” I felt like all was right with the world and that nothing could stop that feeling. Rarely do bands connect with me so immediately, but Rad Owl managed to do so and maintained a high level of quality right across the fourteen tracks on the CD version (only twelve on the LP). It reminds me of the output of a variety of labels from the last thirty years or so, but to narrow it down, I’d give a nod to Epitaph, Cruz, and Boss Tuneage, the latter, unsurprisingly, being involved with this release. If you dig older bands like ALL and Gameface, and/or newer groups like Debt Neglector and Despero, this is well worth checking out. –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, [email protected], bosstuneage.bigcartel.com / Waterslide, [email protected], watersliderecords.com)