September 14, 2005 | Leave a Comment

If Sportfreunde Stiller are Germany’s home-grown (and up-to-date) response to the 90’s Britpop of Cast/Oasis/Blur then Madsen are the Teutonic answer to the dominance of so-called nu-punk. ‘Die Perfektion’ is only a 3-track EP but even on this slim evidence the Good Charlotte’s and Sum 41’s of the world would do well to sit up and take notice. It’s not really an accurate comparison though, for this 5-piece from the Wendland (a rather maligned and unknown north-eastern sliver of Germany) owe more to the sharper edge and dry humour of Green Day than the slick moves of this morning’s currently in-fashion US metal band. Time will tell however, whether they’ve the staying power of punk’s premier royal family – they’ve certainly got the energy and verve.

perfektion_150.jpg3 starsDie Perfektion (single)

(100% native)

Cracking triple blast of melodic punk. Standout tracks : 1. Die Perfektion 2. Vielleicht 3. Shoppen Gehen.

The band’s debut album is self-titled and contains all the tracks on the EP I’ve shown here save the excellent ‘Shoppen Gehen’ – a great example of ‘neudeutsch’ if ever I saw one and at 1 min 40 secs long a short, sweet and well-observed take on one man’s dislike of being dragged unwillingly round Benetton on a Saturday afternoon.


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