The duo’s playfully aggressive pop-punk makes you want to jump around – and get moving is exactly what the crowd does.
Drummer, Phil Wilson, is armed with a quiver of drumsticks – a good indication of a great set. His hard-hitting lines pair perfectly with Andrew DeVillers’ amazingly full electric guitar.
DeVillers’ vocals, meanwhile, have a thrilling edge; they’re smokey, gritty and grainey, but come down enough to keep even the Top40-iest listener enthralled.
On stage, they’re absurdly fast. Their flavour of ska-infused pop-punk-inspired garage rock brings you to the brink of out of control. Then there’s a rumbling march of drums before clashing, crashing symbols blast through and the guitar slides in, screaming.
Together, they’re polished. They’re obviously a skilled band to make the duo work so well. Wilson’s beastly drum solos perfectly compliment DeVillers’ masterful guitar solos. It’s a symbiotic performance: they never overpower one another.
They don’t miss a beat – and you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see the Mad Ones live.
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