Mad Action - Just Like Fresh Air
Duo Paul Nicgorski and Ryan Bernstein used to be in a band named after the world’s most infamous dead baseball player Ty Cobb, until they were pressured to change their name. The band that were Ty Cobb are now Mad Action, and they have just released two EPs in over a month. Just Like Fresh Air is the second, and contains eight arresting tracks spread over twenty-three minutes.
In The Way is a strong start, with fine crashing guitar chords that sound as if they were recorded on the spot and devoid of any production-mixing. They could easily reposition themselves as The Strokes, if Julian and co weren’t determined to cash in on the teen market. However, acoustic whimsical pop quickly follows with Good Things before full-flown mono-demo Show Me Your Hands pads the EP, complete with rough hiss. Love Songs has the same Beatles melody around the White Album-era, and is similar in some respects to Yer Blues. It isn’t long before the songs sound more like ideas as opposed to finished products, but there is enough on display on Just Like Fresh Air to warrant a ‘proper’ judgment when ‘proper’ debut album is recorded and released. Think of the EP more as a single, with In The Way as the title-track, and the rest as bonus b-sides, and you might enjoy Mad Action’s latest release more.