Mandates- Dead In The Face LP. ‘Dead In The Face’ is the Mandates third album and my main impression of this thing is that it's so much fun! The Mandates have crafted the best '77 punk/power pop album I’ve heard in ages. Taking cues from classic bands like Teenage Head, Protex, Thin Lizzy, New York Dolls and Slade; the Mandates flawlessy channel that warm lates 70's punk/rock ‘n roll feel and do it better than most. ‘Dead In The Face’ draws from both the glam-influenced and power pop side of late '70s punk. It's really a perfect mixture of both, with ripping guitars and big pop hooks both sharing the spotlight. The band comes out swinging on lead track "Baby, I'm An Outsider", then quickly shifts into power popping sing-along mode on the infectious "Ramalama June". "On The Run" wears its glam rock influences on its sleeve, and that's definitely a good thing! Songs like "Talkin' To Your Friends" and "Louder Than The Boys" really typify what I like about this album - they're raucous and rockin' yet totally fun and catchy at the same time. Great record if you’re into any of the aforementioned bands or bands like the Exploding Hearts, Missing Monuments and The Cry. Recommended. Import from Australia!