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Album Review: Mad Caddies – “Punk Rocksteady”

“Punk Rocksteady” is a neato concept cd. From what I gather, the Mad Caddies and Fat Mike came up with the idea of doing some Rocksteady, Reggae, Ska, etc. covers of classic Punk songs. And, if you come at this cd from the angle of enjoying it for what it is, you’ll love it. Weeks ago, I was on social media and I read that the Mad Caddies did a Reggae cover of Green Day’s She. I listened to it and thought: “Nope. Nice try, but will everyone quit stroking Green Day’s ego? They’re claiming that they are God’s favorite band.” Tho, to listen to the entire “Punk Rocksteady” album, it makes sense..all the songs do. Individually, they are open to criticism…but as a collective they are poignant.

The cover of Bad Religion’s Sorrow is moving, to say the least. The lyrics really work well in the genre setting. A couple years ago I lived in Florida for a winter. I worked at a pizza restaurant with a bunch of Haitian refugees…who listened to Reggae all day long. It was like a Music History/Appreciation class. Sorrow really gives me the same vibe as real Reggae. Seriously, if you kinda don’t give a crap about this sort of thing but wanna be Punk-woke, at least listen to Sorrow from “Punk Rocksteady”.

The second song’s bass is just phenomenal. We all know that the whole Rocksteady/Ska/Reggae realm of music is good for bassists and bass lovers. But Sleep Long is splendiferous. I sat in my car in a parking lot just enveloped in that bass tone. Sure, the rest of the tunes have stellar bass recordings, but Sleep Long just sticks out like a fat female vocalist in a Pop Country video.

The funnest tune is Sink, Florida, Sink. If that doesn’t make you wanna dance, then you probably don’t like dancing.

I dunno…initially, I listened to this cd 3 or 4 times in a row. Not just cuz I have to for this gig…nope. I just really took to it. I was in a mood where I just wanted something uplifting. It was a nice day. Bright enough for sunglasses but not hot enough to sweat while standing around…so I took a drive. Ended up in a parking lot eating chips listening to “Punk Rocksteady”. It seemed to make me agree with the world. I had that “F-it, it’s almost summer…I don’t see any civil unrest..people are just coexisting in harmony from what I can tell…I’ll just listen to this here cd and not worry about what opinions journalists are editorializing about” mentality. It was a fine time. I even had to pick up a family member…who leans Right, so to speak. The album seemed to make him mad. Like it wasn’t American enough to be worthy of listening to. So that made me chuckle to myself. Not that I’m some whiny Leftist that wants to make it to where we can’t laugh at Daniel Tosh’s humor, no. I’m just saying that Punk Rocksteady has the potential to frustrate fools. So yeah. #PunkRock

I then spent a few days not listening to but thinking about the cd. I thought about how I’ve never been a Mad Caddies fan. I always respected them as a band. You know how it goes…some bands are around and you’ve heard a few songs and were like: “Okay. Not bad. Maybe one day I’ll wind up a super-fan.” but that day never comes. Lots of the 3rd Wave Ska was…well…it seemed to linger. Even upon first coming out, bands like the Mad Caddies just seem to linger. They didn’t seem to punctuate anything…just exist knowingly.(Think of how Jughead’s Revenge was to Punk.) I honestly wish I liked them more…along with a lot of the 3rd Wave stuff but it’s just so meh.

After days of not listening to “Punk Rocksteady”, I couldn’t will myself to listen to it. I lost myself to the idea that Punk is basically a traveling carnival. You pay your way to get in to the show, for a few hours you get to act like it’s actually part of reality, and then you leave, go home, and the world isn’t a carnival. I don’t know about you, but I never see punkers. We’re so rare that when I see one of us in public I think: “Why are you out and about? You should be inside. Don’t you know that society hates us?” Sure, we can start Punk bands but what is that other than living in poverty and trying to impress those above glass ceilings? Any unsigned Punk and/or Ska bands that don’t want to burn Fat Wreck and Hellcat to the ground at least a little bit aren’t anti-establishment at all.

Ever since ol’ what’s-his-face became president, I consider poverty differently. I look at most products and think: “Is this more important than feeding the starving?” As neato as “Punk Rocksteady” is, I think the money that went into making it would have been better spent feeding the starving. But, the cd exists. If you go to the Fat Wreck store on their website, you can download the album for $10…or you can buy the cd w/ digital download for $10.

I’ll let you think about that for a moment.

Understand that I have a bit of the Asperger’s Syndrome…so sometimes what makes sense to most people is just lost to me. When I was a younger human being, a cd cost about $12. I got into my own band when I was older than the previous younger. We recorded a cd. I realized that cds cost around $12 cuz you had to pay for recording, legal fees, packaging/distribution, and a few other things. When the MP3 craze took over Pop and helped MTV convince the masses that music isn’t worthy of attention, it seemed like the cost of a digital copy of an album would be much less. Even if the labels/bands were still trying to recoup costs (don’t think about paying $1 for a download of something off Blink 182’s Enema of the State these days…seriously, don’t)….even if recouping is still a concern, wouldn’t the price of packaging/distributing be taken out of the price of digital downloads?

I’m sure you’re like: “Well, logically yes. But people can charge whatever they want for the products they create. That’s capitalism.” Yes, and capitalism is ruining America faster than bipartisanship. I, personally, have contacted pros about this mathematical disaster and they act like I’m crapping on Punk. I’m all like: “Look it: You’re the ones that are supposed to be creating an image of self-sufficiency in the industry. Don’t come at me with terrible math acumen and complain about how song sales aren’t as high as you’d like. Sell your product for a reasonable price and people won’t feel ripped off and complacent, you knuckleheads.” But I sperg. I go nowhere.

So yeah, you can spend a ten dollar bill on digital or click the other button and get an actual physical copy of the cd also…and don’t you dare believe the hype shoved down our throats by the tech companies. People still have cd players. There are people that still have their record players from the 1970s…you gonna tell me that absolutely everyone that ever owned a cd player just up and threw them out because our phones are supercomputers? C’mon.

I woke up this morning and had to run a quick errand. I turned on the local Alternative Rock station in the car and instead of some histrionic, loudmouth morning dj, they were playing Rancid’s Ruby Soho. I guess it set the tone for my day. A blast from the past. Here’s to never having a blast of the present.

The Mad Caddies’ “Punk Rocksteady” is a decent buy…but I’d say it’s only worth $3 digitally…and it’s an album that deserves to be bought on sale. So like $2.25. That’s not me devaluing the songs, no. I think that’s more of a rational valuation of digital music. Charging as much for digital as you would a cd is highway robbery and we punkers have been getting screwed over so much by the pros over the years that we just plain enjoy being ripped off.

“Punk Rocksteady” seems like a cd that could be important to music.

Here’s to overwhelming amounts of importance.

4/5 Stars



Mad Caddies Stream Cover Album “Punk Rocksteady”

Fat Wreck Chords stalwarts Mad Caddies are allowing fans to stream all of their latest album. Punk Rocksteady features cover versions of several legendary punk rock tunes from the likes of Propagandhi, Misfits, Lagwagon, Bad Religion, and others. Of course, they’re all delivered with the laid back ska sounds Mad Caddies have become famous for.

You can listen to it all below. Enjoy!

 



Mad Caddies stream cover of NOFX’s “She’s Gone” from upcoming covers album

Bastions of ska Mad Caddies are streaming their cover of NOFX‘s “She’s Gone” off their upcoming covers album, “Punk Rock Steady.”

Mad Caddies gave the normally flat-out song a mellow two-tone treatment. Check out Riot Fest for guitarist Sascha Lazor’s comments on the song. In the meantime, you can stream the song below.

“Punk Rock Steady” will be released on June 15th on Fat Wreck Chords, and will features covers of Descendents, Against Me!, Snuff, and more.



Mad Caddies Announce Europe and North America Tour Dates

Fat Wreck’s ska legends Mad Caddies have announced their touring schedule for this summer. It’s pretty hectic too! The band will be promoting their latest album Punk Rocksteady across the continents of North America and Europe from May right through until mid-August. The record will be officially released on June 15 via their long serving label Fat Wreck Chords.

You can check out all the dates below.



Mad Caddies to release cover album “Punk Rocksteady”, stream cover of Green Day’s “She”

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies will be releasing “Punk Rocksteady”, an album of “reggae, ska, and/or dancehall covers of 12 punk songs hand-picked by Fat Mike.” Fans can expect it to hit the digital shelves on June 15th via (surprise!) Fat Wreck Chords.

The songs include Misfits’ “Some Kind of Hate,” the Descendents’ “Jean Is Dead,” Against Me!’s “Sink, Florida, Sink,” Bad Religion’s “Sorrow,” and Green Day’s “She,” the latter of which you can stream below.

This is Mad Caddies’ first release since Dirty Rice was put out in 2014 also on Fat.

Mad Caddies are also going on Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic tour with NOFX, Bad Religion, and more, and they have upcoming headlining dates too. They’re playing headlining shows in the NYC-area at Gramercy Theatre on May 16 with Keep Flying and The Jukebox Romantics (tickets) and Asbury Park’s House of Independents on May 18 with Worthless United and Backyard Superheroes (tickets). All dates are listed below.



“Punks in Pubs” Episode 6 featuring Chuck Robertson (Mad Caddies)

Liam Bird’s new must hear podcast “Punks in Pubs” is streaming episode 6, which features none other than Chuck Robertson of Mad Caddies. In this episode, Bird goes on a taste testing spree with Robertson in the back of a tourbus called Blackmagic Pub. The two talk about Robertson’s life with the Mad Caddies, work away from the band as a marijuana farmer, and the challenges of depression and divorce hand-in-hand. 

There is also a bit of ska era comparison for any ska heads that are looking for a good debate!

You can check out the podcast below or catch up with episodes you may have missed here.



Mad Caddies announce European tour dates

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies have announced they will be touring Europe in August. See if they’re stopping near you below.

The band recently began working on a new album. Their last full-length Dirty Rice was released in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords.



Mad Caddies begin writing new album

Mad Caddies frontman Chuck Robertson recently told O.C. Weekly that they have begun writing the process of their next studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to 2014’s Dirty Rice. While Robertson didn’t give any further details about the new record, he added that:

“It’s been a while since the end of the last album cycle. Everyone took a break and had some rest. Now we’re excited to get back in there.”

It is not known when the new album will be released, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.



Bad Religion, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Mad Caddies and The Sainte Catherines to play Envol et Macadam festival

Canadian festival Envol et Macadam has announced the first batch of bands for the 2016 lineup, including Bad Religion, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Mad Caddies, The Sainte Catherines and D-Unity. More bands are bands are expected to be announced soon.

Envol et Macadam will take place from September 8-10, 2016 at the Parc de L’Ilot Fleuri in Quebec City, and more details about the festival and ticket sales can be found here.



Punk Rock Holiday 1.5 announces Satanic Surfers, Against Me!, Mad Caddies and more

Slovenian music festival, Punk Rock Holiday, taking place on August 4-7th, has announced a plethora of bands including Satanic Surfers, Against Me!, Mad Caddies  and more.

Their website can be found here.

 



DS Photo Gallery: Mad Caddies, Aggrolites, Nathen Maxwell & The Bunny Gang at Slims, SF

Last Friday I was able to see three amazing bands perform at one of my favorite venues, Slim’s in San Francisco. Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang, The Aggrolites, and Mad Caddies were to share the stage, and the air was ripe for a funky, bass-driven, night of ska and reggae.

Many may be familiar with Nathen Maxwell as bassist for Flogging Molly, but over the past several years, he has established himself as a really talented musician and front man. With his Original Bunny Gang, Maxwell & co are preparing to release their third studio album, “Thrive”, this fall through Hardline Entertainment. Nathen’s stage presence and energy were really a great way to kick off the night, with Aggrolites next to the stage.

It was almost as if there was a progression of noise, speed, and rambunctiousness as the night went on, as it should – and Aggrolites were front and center getting fans going. While it’s worth mentioning that San Francisco Bay Area fans in attendance could most definitely benefit from watching and learning how the old ska/reggae legends used to dance, and at least maybe take note. That being said, despite the clusterfuck of a ska ‘pit’, The Aggrolites played an amazing show. It’s always incredible watching organ players like Roger Rivas chopping up the ivory. It sounds so great and looks so cool! I don’t know how they do it.

The air was thick and warm, the scent of beer and smoke filled the heavy dance floor as ska/punk veterans Mad Caddies took the stage. Despite their longevity, I had managed to never before seen the group, so I was super stoked. After knocking out my photos I secured my gear and headed for the pit. This is the kind of music I grew up on, and the type I love most to dance to. Kinda crazy, kinda funky, jazzy, punky…it’s a great blend that the Caddies have been perfecting for over two decades. Although no ‘Road Rash’ or ‘The Gentleman’ were played, I left very satisfied, and very sweaty.

Have a look at all the photos from the night’s performances below.



Mad Caddies announce west coast tour with the Aggrolites and the Bunny Gang

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies have announced a short North American west coast tour for January 2015 with dirty reggae band the Aggrolites and the Bunny Gang (featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly). Check out the dates below.

Mad Caddies’s latest album, Dirty Rice, was released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords.



Live Video: Mad Caddies perform “Monkeys” at KOI Music Festival

A really high quality live video of California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies performing their song “Monkeys” has surfaced on the interwebs.  Check it out below.  The song appears on their 1998 album “Duck And Cover”.

The Mad Caddies  latest album Dirty Rice, was released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords.



Live Video: Mad Caddies – “Down & Out”

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies have released a live video for the song “Down And Out” as performed at this years Pouzza Fest.

Check it out below.

The track appears on the band’s latest album Dirty Rice, released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords. They have since released a 7-inch single for their song “Brand New Scar”.



Mad Caddies announce European tour

The Mad Caddies will be embarking on a European tour this November. Joining them on select dates will be Jaya the Cat, The Mahones, and The Mercenaries. The band will be touring in support of their new album, Dirty Rice. You can check out the dates below.

Mad Caddies’ first album in seven years, Dirty Rice, was released on May 13, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.