Thursday, September 6, 2007
ROCKABILLY/PUNK/ROCK/HARD-CORE/ PSYCHOBILLY/TRASH DESTRUCTION - BRILLIANT
ALBUM`````````````SWEET AND INNOCENT?
YEAR```````````````2003 (RECORDED 1998)
This is my favourite Mad Sin record. It was a breaking point for the band (they signed a major label with this album) and it was a breaking point for me (entering psychobilly sound), so I keep this album quite close to my heart.
If you thoroughly look back on the story of MAD SIN it is surprising that the band still exists without any split-up, collective suicide or at least regular internal fights. Founded 1987 by Köfte, who just dishonorable left school, Punk- and Rockabilly- guitarist Stein and four-week-bass-playing Holly, they struggled around with the help of some mates, who organized gigs in several shady bars of berlin. The daily booze was financed through gigs as streetmusicians in shopping-malls, where they played Rockabilly-, Country- and Blues-Songs to get the tourist's money.
Without any suspections about the business MAD SIN signed their first record-contract 1988 with a dubious figur of Hamburgs underworld - the result was an album which became a classic in the Psychobilly scene. Despite of the problems MAD SIN was getting more and more known. Their travelling brought them also to Holland where they got in touch with the Indie-Label 'Count Orlock' which released their masterpiece 'God Save The Sin'. This record showed for the first time the typical mixture of Rockabilly, Punk Rock, classical Hardcore and a lot of Psychobilly, which became pretty fast the trademark of the quartet. What followed were gigs with Bands like Faith No More, Gwar, Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Meteors and many more, and with their enthusiastic sound, Köftes oustanding stage madness and an explosive live-show that includes firespitters and similar attractions MAD SIN got fans of all kinds on their side. Because MAD SIN didn't want to live longer on the level of social security they soon forgot all doubts when Polydor lured with an unbelievable mass of cash. As soon as possible they went to Hamburg to the hand over of the money case and short after it to Malta to record an album.The result was ''Sweet and Innocent? ... Loud and Dirty!!!'' which was recorded in August 1998, some airplay and many on open air festivals. MAD SIN and the Polydor label couldn't get along very well. They thought the band was too excessive and not mainstream enough. To MAD SIN it seemed like a joke when they received another big case of cash from the label, just to leave again. But they still had loads of gigs to do and after 12 years they took the step of a second guitarerro.