Album Review: The Mandates/Mother's Children Split 7''

Dec 19 2017, 2:28 am

Calgary punks The Mandates have paired up with fellow Canadian rockers Mother’s Children for a 7’’ split.

Whoever said you could have too much of a good thing? Good things happened two ways earlier this month when local favourites The Mandates and Ottawa-based Mother’s Children paired up for a quick 7’’ that contains the most infectious couple of tracks you’re probably going to hear to all summer.

The Mandates are self-declared vintage punk enthusiasts — a notion evident from melodic arrangements and snarling riffs that lean into influences like The Ramones and The Dead Boys. With a blistering pace that’s hot on the heels of their spring-released LP, In The Back Of Your Heart, “Syncophantic Romantic” picks up right where the The Mandates left off. Catchy hooks and jangly guitar make the breakneck love song that little bit sunnier.

Mother’s Children maintain the vibes with their cut, “No Rules.” The band’s bubblegum punk sound is also shaped by a classic lineup of influences including T. Rex and Raspberries. On “No Rules,” glam stomps are smeared over power-pop chords, while carefree lyrics are delivered with both spunk and harmony.

Together, The Mandates and Mother’s Children create a little slice of nostalgia that sounds so good you just want to eat it up with a spoon. Spin the split before hitting the drive-in with your sweetie.

The Mandates perform at MacEwan Hall, at the University of Calgary, on July 24. 

DH Calgary StaffDH Calgary Staff

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