• madcaps Madcaps (LP, £16.50)

    label: Howlin Banana Records

    The Madcaps, from Rennes, in western France, are pedlars of fast-paced adolescent punk, held together with tight beats and wrapped up in fuzzy guitar. Here the full-blown debut album, set to unveil a little more of their clear penchant for American garage, and the English beat music of the 60s. Fans of Allah Las, Black Lips, Holy Golightly, King Tuff, The Kinks, Shannon and The Clams or Electric Prunes would be sorely wrong to abstain.

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