ALBUM CALYX RELEASE: NOVEMBER, 2000 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 27,
”Tradition bites” is Mad M's recent release, and the album is despite the title very traditional. We’ve all heard this before. In the early works of And One, Mobile Homes, Camouflage and probably a dozen other bands that I can no longer remember.
I guess that is the very problem. Mad M are not bad, not at all. They have a skilful vocalist and they are quite talented songwriters. What they lack is originality. And maybe a helping hand to point them in the right direction and twist some of those knobs in the studio.
I sincerely believe that with a little external help “Tradition Bites” could have been a much better album. The class of the songs are of good demo quality but that is not what I expect from an album in the record store. There are some truly good songs on the album, “Private Fiction” in particular, that really doesn’t stand a chance in this cheap atmosphere and tiresome production.
Mad M is a band I’m looking forward to meet in the future, hopefully progressing with their feet in an innovative landscape and their bodies in a modern outfit.