I’ll admit, I was totally unaware of Calgary rocknrollers THE MANDATES until I began wading through the massive list of bands playing this year’s OTTOWA EXPLOSION WEEKEND, and I’ve been listening to their recently released self-titled LP all morning. I guess I would classify these guys as a power pop band that has a giant collective boner for THE DEAD BOYS. Plenty of Ooh’s and Aah’s, catchy guitar hooks, and bouncy beats, I am reminded of THE EXPLODING HEARTS which makes sense because this album was mixed and mastered by Pat Kearns. I like that the vocals tend to be a little bit on the gritty side, yet there are still plenty of sweet harmonies. I keep listening to “I Stayed At The Arcade”, a perfect song about unrequited love, the insane talking part at the end is just as good if not better than that little guitar part in the beginning! This album will charm the pants off of you, so go buy it now!
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