Posted on: October 16, 2015 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Amanda Mac’s vocals build off of the work of The Donnas, X, and the B-52s, while the rest of the band provide a punk-infused backdrop upon which they can shine.


The Killing Dinosaurs EP begins with Soapbox, a song that is set by the sheer insistence of Amanda’s vocals. Want What I Want starts off with a stylistic homage to the 1993 Smashing Pumpkins track Cherub Rock before begin spun off into a wholly different direction. The act crafts their own format of pop-punk with enough fuzz, distortion, and splashiness that ensures that the EP’s 13 minute run time comes and goes in the blink of an eye.There is a cohesion to Killing Dinosaurs that is rarely heard in punk music; the cohesion of this release is reminiscent of the seminal Screeching Weasel album, Boogadaboogadaboogada.

Bad Mary puts their own spin on 1978’s Next to You (The Police); the sharp guitar licks and mid-track breakdown allow Bad Mary the opportunity to show off their chops. The ratcheting of Killing Dinosaurs’ momentum back to 100 has a vital benefit – aside from letting listeners breathe, it provides further emphasis to the EP’s final one-two punch. Sucks to Be You has a delightful call and response; the guitar/drum dynamic really imbues a late seventies / early eighties sound to Bad Mary.

One More Song in the concluding statement on Killing Dinosaurs, providing listeners with an effort that sounds right out of the Lookout Records playbook. Bad Mary is able to have polished guitars, punchy drums, and a hooky set of vocals that will impress fans of early Green Day or 7 Seconds.

Top Tracks: Want What I Want, Sucks to Be You

Rating: 8.7/10

Bad Mary Killing Dinosaurs EP Review / 2015 Self / 6 Tracks / / / /

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