Fireball Tour Sept 17

Fireball - Fuelling The Fire Tour

The Ritz, Manchester, UK

11th October 2017

Rating: 4.5/5




Fireball AF 5Tonight is the opening night of the second annual Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour, I rarely encounter sponsored tours but everytime I do it seems to be by a whisky of some description, tonight’s Fireball Whisky sponsored tour boasts an impressive five band line up featuring Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish with support from Sweet Little Machine, ‘Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017‘, and finally the winner of the open call to local bands, Everyone And Anyone, with a different act opening each night of the tour. What’s almost impressive as tonight’s line up is the fact that tickets for tonight’s show were a mere £10, which is a bargain by anyone’s standards.

Fireball EAAWelsh five piece Everyone and Anyone are the first band up, despite the early start for the local opening act there’s still a healthy crowd present in The Ritz which steadily grows as people work their way through the stringent but friendly security. Everyone and Anyone are an eclectic looking quintet who deliver an frantic and all too brief set of pop punk, which includes a Blink-182 cover to confirm their pop punk credentials. Everyone And Anyone don’t look or sound out of place opening the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour, and from their short but sweet set you can see why they won the place as the local support on the first night of the tour.
Fireball SLM 3Early into the evening I’m already regretting the decision to drive tonight as the Fireball Whisky is quite literally flowing freely tonight. There’s a short break as there’s a swift changeover to Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2017, Sweet Little Machine. They are touring in support of their freshly released Monsters EP, and their set contains almost every track from their impressive sophomore release. Sweet Little Machine take the stage and treat tonight’s set like they’re headlining, and the doors that being Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2017 has opened for them has resulted in a band whose confidence and following has increased dramatically. 
Fireball SLM 2Sweet little Machine carry elements of Green Day in their sound and their frontman, Alex Lantrua, has more than a touch of the hyperactive stage personae of Billy Joe Armstrong about him, and they close their impressive set with the anthemic title track of their latest release. Sweet Little Machine‘s material and stage presence is something that is all their own, the leg up afforded them by being Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 would seem to have only speeded up the inevitable based on their new EP and tonight’s show, and I get the feeling that Sweet Little Machine are a band that we’ll be hearing a lot more off in the coming years.
Fireball MC 1Next up is the Mad Caddies with a long overdue return to the UK, despite the lack of new material, it’s been three long years since the Dirty Rice album was released, they remain as effervescent as ever. They channel the roots of two tone and ska and blend it with dub, punk, moments of hardcore and touches of ragtime jazz to create something that is unique and rather special in the overcrowded world of ska punk, and from the first song in its clear its been too long since they paid a visit to our shores. Their set is heavily reliant on their recent albums at the expense of their earlier and more frantic material, meaning that this a more laid back set than the times I’ve previously encountered them.
Fireball MC 2The Mad Caddies haven’t completely abandoned their early days though, their set gains a degree of momentum and the inclusion of Leavin‘ and Monkeys, from their classic sophomore album Duck And Cover, brings a party atmosphere to The Ritz, but for the most part the Mad Caddies deliver a ska and reggae heavy set that keeps the crowd happy, although the exclusion of tracks such as Road Rash leaves me feeling that an encore was warranted. The Fireball- Fuelling The Fire Tour has been well named as it’s the sold out crowd is warming the venue up to melting point ahead of the next act, the highly anticipated return of Anti-Flag.
Fireball AF 1By now The Ritz is at capacity and the floor is awash with discarded beer and whisky glasses, from the start of Anti-Flag‘s set wherever you were that’s where you’re staying as almost everyone is rammed into the downstairs of the venue for their set. Their rabble rousing set of course carries their signature fuck you to the right to right wing, and to say that Anti-Flag were stunning tonight is an understatement. Mid set they are joined on stage by the Reel Big Fish horn section and each song they launch into really does make you think that things can be changed for the better when they call for equality and unity, and of course a hefty dose of their venom is reserved for Donald Trump.
fireball AF 2If an Anti-Flag show indicates anything it’s that the resistance is alive and well and has a strident and eloquent voice, and it is also having a fucking good time. We need bands like Anti-Flag more than ever now, and they’ve stepped up to the plate as tonight they delivered a perfect set of resistance fuelled punk rock. Anti-fascist, anti-sexist, anti-racist, Anti-Flag walk the walk and their 45 minute set is as good as anyone I’ve seen live this year. They throw a frantic rendition of The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go into the set, a band that had a huge influence on them both politically and musically, and this is accompanied by a delerious circle pit and they end the set with half the band, including drummer Pat Thetic, in the middle of the pit.
Fireball RBFOver the course of the set tonight’s DJ has steadily transformed into Pennywise the clown, or at least a close facsimile, and the transformation is complete prior to the appearance of Reel Big Fish. They kick the party up a notch with their brass heavy ska, tracks like Everyone Else Is Asshole gets a rousing singalong from the crowd and it’s clear that this is a band that know how to deliver a set of feel good ska. The relentless upbeat party doesn’t stop, and neither does the sold out crowd that are crammed onto the dance floor. Monkey Man returns things to the roots of ska with The Maytals classic causing a unified front to back bounce
Fireball AF 3From my vantage point there literally no one who isn’t skanking, bouncing or dancing anywhere in the venue. This continues throughout Reel Big Fish‘s set, inflatables are batted about, and the atmosphere is about as good as you get, with something to suit everyone who is of a punk mentality and they deliver a set of crowd pleasers and covers that is their hallmark. Tonight’s opening date of the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour has contained five very different bands, everything from the pop punk of the local openers, through, the slick punk rock of Sweet Little Machine, the hybrid ska of Mad Caddies and the politically sussed punk of Anti-Flag, that was all topped off with the party ska of Reel Big Fish

Fireball AF 4Anti-Flag‘s website is here

Mad Caddies website can be found here

Reel Big Fish‘s web presence is here

Sweet Little Machine‘s Facebook page is here

Everyone And Anyone‘s Facebook presence is here

Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here 

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

The Bottom Line Added To ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour

Fireball Tour Sept 17London pop-punks The Bottom Line have been added as very special opening guests to the 17th October London date on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour. Fresh from a European tour supporting Waterparks, they will be appearing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Sweet Little Machine, with The Skints replacing Anti-Flag at the Liverpool and Sheffield shows. The Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour is your only chance to see some of the finest live bands the international punk scene has to offer on one stage this October .
You can view the video for I Still Hate You, and the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour dates, below

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Sweet Little Machine Reveal ‘Monsters’ Video

Sweet Little Machine Monsters Sweet Little Machine have revealed a brand new video for ‘Monsters‘, the title track from their new EP that is set for release on 6th October 2017. The band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and The Skints.

The Monsters EP can be pre-ordered here

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Sweet Little Machine To Release ‘Monsters’ EP

Sweet Little Machine MonstersMonsters is the new EP from Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, Sweet Little Machine, that is due to be released on the 6th October. Monsters is an EP packed full of the kind of arena ready punk rock songs that were made for the big stage and the radio waves, and you can catch the band on tour throughout the UK with Reel Big Fish, Anti-FlagThe Skints and Mad Caddies next month on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour.
You can pre-order the Monsters EP here
You can view the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire UK Tour dates below

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The Skints Added To The ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour

Fireball Tour Sept 17The Skints have been added as very special guests to the Liverpool and Sheffield dates on this year’s Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour alongside Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies and Sweet Little Machine, Anti-Flag will be appearing in the same slot on all other dates. In addition to The Skints being added to the line up the regional support acts for all dates have now been confirmed and there will be a special DJ set at each date from Matt Stocks, presenter and punk fanatic for the likes of Kerrang! Radio, Scuzz TV and Team Rock Radio.
You can view the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour dates with the regional support acts below

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Sweet Little Machine Release Stream Of ‘Monsters’

Fireball Tour 17Sheffield pop punk quartet Sweet Little Machine have announced the release of their new EP, Monsters, on the 6th October 2017, ahead of the release the band have unleashed a stream of the EP’s title track. Sweet Little Machine were chosen last year as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, and the band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and Mad Caddies each night.

The title tracks from the Monsters EP can be streamed here

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Win The Chance To Open The UK ‘Fireball Fuelling The Fire’ Tour

Reel Big Fish Anti-Flag Mad Caddies October TourAcademy Events in association with Fireball have announced a return of the open call for local bands to play their respective hometown date on this year’s Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour, joining a bill that already boasts three of the biggest international names in punk and ska music in Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and Mad Caddies. The overall winners of the competition will be crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018 and will win a place as the opening band on the entirety of next year’s tour, as well a whole host of further support throughout the year. Bands can enter the competition here until the 21st August 2017.
You can watch a teaser trailer for Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour, and the tour dates, below

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Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag And Mad Caddies Announce UK Tour

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You can view the dates for the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour below

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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Added To ‘It’s Not Dead 2’

It's Not Dead 2017Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more

Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here

It’s Not Dead Festival Returns To California For 2017

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Tickets for It’s Not Dead will be available from 9am on Monday 20th March here

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Win Tickets To See Mad Caddies in Vancouver!

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This Sunday, January 25th, will see the ska tour hit one of two Canadian dates on the tour as they play The Imperial in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The band was kind enough to set aside a pair of tickets to the show for one lucky winner. Fill out the form below to win.

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Tours: Jaya The Cat / Mad Caddies

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Check out the full list of tour dates below.

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Mad Caddies - Dirty Rice

Mad Caddies

Dirty Rice

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4/5




It’s been a while – six years to be exact – since Solvang, California septet Mad Caddies last unleashed their suave brand of ska-punk onto the world.  A lot can happen in six years, including having an already ageing fan base exiting their twenties off developing careers or even embarking in parenthood.  Without overly generalizing, musical tastes evolve over time, and while those that grew up on Take Off Your Pants And Jacket era Blink 182 may still enjoy digging through their past, they aren’t likely to connect with modern equivalents like Set Your Goals.  Thankfully Mad Caddies has evolved with their audience, using their latest full length, Dirty Rice, as a platform from which to further explore the instrumental maturity initially hinted at in Keep It Going.  

Born of the same musical fidelity of anything in their back catalogue, the Mad Caddies look to the past for inspiration every bit as much as they strive to entertain in the present.  Dirt Rice plays like a combination of something your grandparents would have heard on a childhood vacation down in New Orleans, spliced together with the energy and vigor or your favourite Fat Wreck Chords childhood punk act.  Opener “Brand New Scar” sets the mood with a waltzing, Dixieland-style piano and trombone combo.  As the track casually saunters in Chuck Robertson’s scratchy croon remains as on the mark as ever.  Meanwhile, a full on piano solo – the likes of which you’d expect to hear in a rowdy dancehall circa The Great Gatsby – erupts amidst “Down and Out,” while “Shot In The Dark” takes a playful easy listening approach.  The band channels a timely charm that so few of their peers tap into, yet that the Mad Caddies make sound so easy.

Rest assured, all of the markings of the Mad Caddies can be found alongside more recent developments.  As evidenced by “Airplane,” the band’s upstroke is alive and well, although this time around becomes slyly transformed into an easy listening mid-tempo showcase.  Smack in the middle of the album, the band gives a nod to their Just One More days with the hurried guitars and speedy drumming of “Burn It Down.”  “Shoot Out The Lights” sides with a lazy reggae beat further expanded upon by “Little Town’s” steady tambourine jangle and emulated tropical steel drums.  Dirty Rice makes for all your favourite Caddies tricks under one roof with refined purpose and precision.

Without breaking down too many songs, the band’s lyrical vision fits the bill, ranging from overcoming identity crisis (“Love Myself”) to standing up for your beliefs (“Bring It Down”).  Again, something that the kids these days might pass on, but that long time fans will no doubt appreciate. 

With nary a disappointment, Dirty Rice is the expert accumulation of a steady and fulfilling career.  The Mad Caddies have long since outgrown their identity as a ska-punk band (you won’t find much likeness to Mustard Plug or Reel Big Fish here), in turn having become an entirely different entity.  After six years of dormancy the band hasn’t missed a beat, and while they may have strayed from their zany Rock The Plank days, aging fans will undoubtedly embrace their worldly maturity and poise.

Mad Caddies – Down And Out

Mad CaddiesLong running ska-punk group Madd Caddies has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Down And Out” and is set to appear on their next full length, Dirty Rice, due out May 13, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song below.

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Mrs.Skanotto Tour + New Album Details

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Check out full tour dates, and the band’s new video for The Outlier, below:

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Interview: Mad Caddies

Mad CaddiesIt’s been seven years since The Mad Caddies last released a new album, Just One More. After deciding to take a step back from the road in 2009, the band released a best-of compilation in 2010 entitled Consensual Selections. Then, they went relatively quiet.

They still did a couple dozen shows a year, but for the most part they went their separate ways – school, producing, side-projects and life. In between that though, they buckled up in drummer Todd Rosenberg’s barn/home-studio to write and record a brand new album. Those sixty or seventy songs that they put together were whittled down to twelve that will make up Dirty Rice – the band’s new album scheduled for release in May.

As the band started off on the road again, we caught up with Chuck Robertson to discuss the album, the hiatus and why it took them fourteen months to write and record.

Read the interview here.

Mad Caddies

Mad Caddies

Chuck Robertson

Fat Wreck Chords
By on February 12th, 2014 at The Venue - Vancouver, BC



It’s been seven years since The Mad Caddies last released a new album, Just One More. After deciding to take a step back from the road in 2009, the band released a best-of compilation in 2010 entitled Consensual Selections. Then, they went relatively quiet.

They still did a couple dozen shows a year, but for the most part they went their separate ways – school, producing, side-projects and life. In between that though, they buckled up in drummer Todd Rosenberg’s barn/home-studio to write and record a brand new album. Those sixty or seventy songs that they put together were whittled down to twelve that will make up Dirty Rice – the band’s new album scheduled for release in May.

As the band started off on the road again, we caught up with Chuck Robertson to discuss the album, the hiatus and why it took them fourteen months to write and record.
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Tours: Mad Caddies

Mad CaddiesLong running ska-punk group Madd Caddies has announced their first tour dates of 2014 with more expected to follow.  The band is gearing up for their next full length.

Tour dates are below.

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Live Concert Review

Mad Caddies, The Johnstones, The Blame Its

Live (Nov. 7th, 2009)

Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta




It had been far too long since a good ska show came to Edmonton so when The Mad Caddies announced their return to the Starlite Room it was greeted with eager anticipation; and the evening did not disappoint.

Adding a keyboard player to the band, The Mad Caddies expanded to a seven piece and had the whole crowd eating out of their hands in no time. Fights broke out, bottles were smashed over people’s heads, people pushed, moshed and skanked all night long. It was chaos, it was a release, it was unbelievably fun and the Mad Caddies orchestrated every minute of it all. The lights dimmed red during the slower, reggae tunes like Drinking For 11, My Last Breathe and the extended instrumental around the halfway point. The pit exploded during Leavin’, Road RashContraband and Silence. Pirates celebrated duringWeird Beard (literally, there were half a dozen people decked out in full pirate costumes) and Monkeys, yeah, people went crazy.

The band rarely took any time to talk, other than to dedicate a song to syphilis or to compare people who throw stuff at bands to people who put roofies into girls’ drinks, and instead ripped through songs for over an hour an a half. Every minute was packed with punk rock, ska and reggae as the sold out crowd pulsated and moved with the steady rhythms all night long – even the security guards found themselves in the pit, skanking alongside everyone else.

It was a night to remember, full of jubilant dancing that left most people covered a nice layer of sweat; other bands try to have control of a crowd like they did through fancy gimmicks or overly exaggerated stage presence but The Caddies were real and the honesty seeped through with every passing minute. Ska may be dying out a little bit, but last night it was alive and well in Edmonton and as long as The Mad Caddies are around, it will never truly die. We just gotta hope it’s not over a year until the next ska show comes to town.

Oh, and ending with a slightly edited All Canadian Badass? Pure genius.

As for the opening acts, The Blame-Its turned out to be one of the best unknown opening acts of the year playing some straight forward pop-punk in the vein of Screeching Weasel meets NOFX. Fast, catchy, some comical dance moves and a bass player that acted like Theo from Gob, The Blame-Its didn’t win over everybody but they did win me over, check them out if you get the chance.

The Johnstones, in contrast, did win over most of the crowd; sadly it was mostly for the wrong reasons. Putting a lot of effort into their show, The Johnstones packed their forty-five minute set with as many gimmicks as they possibly could – from additional lights shining their logo onto the opening curtain to capes made from old towels, The Johnstones goofed off their entire set. It was funny, they were energetic and captivating but the sound was a little off – mainly in the vocals which were placed way too low in the mix and barely audible. While entertaining, The Johnstones were ultimately forgettable, particularly when you take in the fact that The Mad Caddies destroyed it afterwards.

Dying Scene Records Releases Free Ska Compilation

SkafaceDying Scene Records has recently released a free digital compilation album featuring ska music.  The disc is titled Skaface: Evolution, and includes previously unreleased songs from Big D and The Kids Table, Mad Caddies, Mustard Plug and more.

Download the disc here.

Mad Caddies - Songs In The Key of Eh

Mad Caddies

Live From Toronto: Songs In The Key Of Eh

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4/5




Most people know the name of the Mad Caddies. They have been a powerful force in the ska-punk scene for almost a decade. They’ve released numerous albums on Fat Wreck ChordsHonest Dons, and have always been known to wow an audience. Fat Wreck Chords decided to capture their live performance on tape and release it onto the world, but surprisingly not in their Live In A Dive series but instead just as a regular live CD called Live From Toronto: Songs In The Key Of Eh. Recorded on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) of this year (2004) at Toronto’s popular Opera House, The Caddies were able to wow the thousand or so fans who showed up to be a part of history.

The Californian natives played songs from most of their catalogue during the show. Songs from Quality Soft Core, Rock The Plank, Duck & Cover, and Just One More all made an appearance the set, and what a set it was. They open with Macho Nachos, and they don’t hold anything back. The horns are strong, the vocals are clear, and the guitars roar. The rarely stop to talk, but just rip through song after song. Sometimes it seems as if the producing toned down the crowd, as you rarely hear them while the band is playing. In fact, its so quiet you sometimes even forget that it is live. But when they talk, the crowd can be heard vividly. Weird Beard, Monkeys, and Drinking For 11 (which was dedicated to someone I know, which is always cool to hear recorded), definitely received the biggest cheer as they started playing. The band does get the crowd to sing along with them for the final song, All American Badass too, this can be heard, but like before, it does seem to be abnormally soft.

A lot of bands tend to mess with their songs when they are live, and Mad Caddies are no exception. After they finish playing Monkeys they play 3 older songs, Days Away, The Bell Tower and Popcorn; but merge them all together. Starting with Days Away and ending with it too. This is done surprisingly well and flows really nicely with small musical pieces in between the songs.

Live From Toronto: Songs In The Key Of Eh is a great album for any Mad Caddies fan. The songs are loud and clear, and sound pretty close to the recording; although at times it does sound as if they’ve speed up a bit, its barely noticeable. It is a fun CD to listen to if you are a Mad Caddies fan, but not surprisingly, if you don’t like the Caddies, you won’t like this.


Mad Caddies - Keep It Going

Mad Caddies

Keep It Going

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 3/5




The Mad Caddies are constantly evolving. They started off heavier and harder, playing fast paced ska with a serious punk vibe to them. They then progressed and invented a new sound lovingly known as to as “pirate-core” on Rock The Plank. On Just One More the band expanded their repertoire a bit more, showcasing their influences with a heavier reggae vibe. On Keep It Going, the band’s fifth full length, The Mad Caddies show their influences even more, leaving behind the heavier ska-punk style of the past for a more traditional dub and reggae sound topped off with a cover of Delroy Wilson‘s classic reggae tuneRiding For A Fall.

This leads for a much more laid back release than some fans will be used to as the band focuses on the more technical aspects of the ska style rather than the super fast and jumpy pattern. Songs like The Dirge, Pyramid Scheme, and Tired Bones still feature the old ska punk frantic speed that was so evident in the band’s early material; but those are counter balanced by tracks like State Of Mind, Coyote and Souls For Sale which sees the band going for a more laid back reggae flavor. Reflections and Lay Your Head Down are two tracks that follow in the footsteps of Westbound Train while Without You is a more ska oriented track that would have fit snugly in Just One More. Surprisingly, the album closer comes in the form the acoustic Whatcha Gonna Do which prominently showcases Chuck’s vocals. The brass onKeep It Going is much more evident too, as they seem to dictate the overall tone and style of each individual track.

While I am much bigger fan of the more energetic style that The Mad Caddies created early on in this career, the style and mood of Keep It Going is just a natural progression for the band. Instead of spitting out the same song over and over again, the band has opted to wear their influences on their sleeve and show where the band came from. While not as energetic as they were in the past, Keep It Going is a diverse album that flows nicely. There’s enough of the Mad Caddies flare in here to keep their old fans happy with enough of a change to attract newcomers too. But if you go in there expecting energetic tracks like All American Badass or Leavin’, you may be disappointed; instead go in there expecting Drinkin’ For 11 and Sad Reggie and you’ll be happy.

Mad Caddies - Just One More

Mad Caddies

Just One More

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 3.5/5




The Californian natives called Mad Caddies are back here to blow your mind with their newest release, Just One More. The album was just as good as I expected. Although it starts off with a slight tumble, they pick it up and rocked my socks off with the album.

As I mentioned, they open the album in a really bad way. The debut song, Drinking For 11 is a song I would not expect these guys to play. It is a very very slow song, with now real up-driving beat. When I first heard it, I was incredibly disappointed and was not really looking forward to the rest of the album, but I soon changed my mind. Contraband picks up the beat on track 2, once again it’s not a song like mostMad Caddies songs, it is a more fast paced and harder song. It is a good song, and soon makes you forget about the previous song.

Track 4, Silence is a song that I expect to hear when I hear the name, Mad Caddies. It starts off with a great horn selection and keeps up another very fast pace (sorta like Contraband). The cd-named track,Just One More has another unique sound, a slight Mexican feel to it. The song slows the pace down with a slightly slower tune, and a mariachi feel. It even has some Spanish vocals in it!

Tracks 7 and 8 are my favorite songs, and are strategically placed in the middle so that you have the need to listen to the rest of the album to find out what other amazing songs it will dish out to you. Leaving(track 7) was originally released on the recent Fat Wreck Chords compilation, Uncontrollable Fatulence. It comes blasting in with some major trumpet usage by this amazing Ska band. The song has a great jumpy tune and amazing mix of sounds combine together to produce one incredible sounding ska song. It is fast paced and has great lyrics. It is about a guy wanting to leave and doing it finally and basically just living life to the fullest and having some fun. It is just a spectacular song. Rockupation is track 8. The song is a slightly slower song with another great combination of drums, bass, guitar and a horn selection.  The vocals are catchy, and the tune is jumpy and goes exactly with the vocals.

Good Intentions (track 13) is another good song of the 15 track album. It has a good use of the horn selections once again during the right time sections. The vocals are slow and steady, pretty easy to catch on to. Game Show is the last track on this CD. It is a good old fashion ska song with a powerful use of horns, guitars and drums. The beat is jumpy and energetic and a really good song to end the album with.

Mad Caddies - Consenstual Selections

Mad Caddies

Consentual Selections

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 3/5




The more I listen to music, the less I understand the practicality of Greatest Hits album – especially considering the prominence of the internet in today’s music industry. Fundamentally, it’s a nice concept. Collect all of the band’s best songs and throw them on one album together to play at anytime and maybe throw in a few unreleased songs as an added bonus too. It’s a nice concept but only really useful for people who are trying to get into a band in the first place – if you’re already a fan, chances are you already have every song on the list and with an iPod you can make your own greatest hits play list. Then, there’s also the internet now which means that when someone wants to hear a band for the first time and get a feel of what they sound like they can either check our their Myspace page or even just download the songs.

Still, they’re a quick money maker and bands and labels will still put them out because of the ease of which they can be assembled. The Mad Caddies are no exception with their greatest hits album, Consentual Selections. To gather the track list, they hit the internet and got fans to vote for songs they think should be represented on it and thus we’re presented with the twenty-four tracks that make up the album; and no matter the questionable value of greatest hits album, one thing’s for sure is that The Caddies have written some fantastic songs over their career.

Over the years the band has always stayed mainly a third wave ska band but they’ve never been too concerned with staying solely within that framework.  So while they have some great ska-punk songs like Leavin’, The Gentleman and Road Rash, they also throw in a variety of styles from reggae (Drinking for 11Reflections, Backyard), polka (the always enjoyable All-American Badass), Dixieland jazz (Monkeys and Tired Bones), and even acoustic sing-along (Whatcha Gonna Do). Somehow though, the band is able to keep it flowing throughout it all – no matter the style or year of recording. It means they can go from 2003’s Just One More to 1997’s The Bell Tower and it still flows seamlessly – proving that the band has always had a knack for writing good ska tunes.

As an individual CD, Consentual Selections succeeds on almost all sides (it is a bit lengthy at twenty-four songs and seventy-plus minutes) and it reminds you that there’s still some great ska out there if you want it. Sadly, I already own pretty much all of these songs in their original albums and chances are I’ll pull those out before I’ll ever pull out the greatest hits compilation.

The Flatliners: 10th Anniversary Tour, Destroy To Create On Vinyl

FlatlinersAs they prepare to leave for their 10th Anniversary Tour, The Flatliners‘ debut album Destroy to Create will be released on vinyl through Fat Wreck Chords. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell had this to say about the release:

“Ever unearthed an old drawing you did as a child at your parent’s house? Ever gone back and read the weird shit people wrote in your High School year book? Feels odd doesn’t it? You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, but for some reason, you can’t help but laugh. Well this November, we will be releasing our first album Destroy to Create on vinyl for the very first time ever. The lovely folks at Fat Wreck Chords have reluctantly agreed to allow our die-hard fans to finally snatch up these songs on a piece of wax. And we think it’s a pretty cool way to celebrate the band’s 10th Anniversary.”

You can pick up a copy of the record here. You can also listen to a track from the album here.

After their 10th Anniversary Tour through Canada, The Flatliners will head to Austrailia with Good Riddance, Mad Caddies, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and A Willhelm Scream.

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Tours: Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish / Mad Caddies / Flatfoot 56

Flatfoot 56Less Than Jake has announced that they will be touring with alternating support from Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish, as well as Flatfoot 56 on all dates.  The  tour will take the band throughout western Canada and the US and continue the band’s celebration of their 20th anniversary.  Tour dates can be found below.

The band has also unveiled that they will be releasing their brand new full length, Greetings and Salutations, in October 2012. The disc will combine the band’s most recent two EPs, Greetings From Less Than Jake and Season’s Greetings From Less Than Jake.  Two brand new songs will accompany the release.

Fat Wreck Chords Signs Ellwood (Mad Caddies)

Fat Wreck Chords have signed Ellwood; the new band from Mad Caddies lead singer, Chuck Robertson. Their first release Lost in Transition will be out June 21st. Track listing and artwork for the album can be seen below.

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Mad Caddies Announce Greatest Hits

Reggae punkers Mad Caddies have announced the release of a greatest hits compilation.  The album will be titled Consentual Selections, and is set for a July 22, 2010 release on Fat Wreck Chords.  The album will host old favourites as well as two brand new songs.

Check out the beefy 24 song list below.

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Fat Tour 2007

Fat Tour 2007 (Mad Caddies, Real McKenzies, The Sainte Catherines)

Brain Flenniken - Mad Caddies, Paul McKenzie - The Real McKenzies, Marc - The Sainte Catherines

Fat Wreck Chords
By on July 19th, 2007 at Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta



The yearly Fat Tour came through Edmonton once again this year, this time under the moniker of 1,2,3 Punk! and featuring the musical styles of none other than The Mad Caddies, the Real McKenzies and The Sainte Catherines. Instead of doing a generic interview, we decided that we’d let the three bands roam free and interview themselves – and that’s what we did. Brian, from the Caddies, Paul from the McKenzies and Marc from The Sainte Catherines sat down before the show and told stories and jokes – some funny, some painfully unfunny. While a read through the interview may not tell you much about the bands themselves, you will discover some great stories: adventures with fireworks, playing naked, swimming with dolphins, the beauty of french cuisine and the fine snacks available at strip clubs. Top it all off with a slight dash of Canadian history covering everything from the FLQ to the roller coaster crash at Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall and you’re in for one crazy conversation. Paul McKenzie sums it up best: “When i’m dying on my bed, it’s going to be the things that I didn’t do that I regret.” And yes, I think we actually answered three real questions too. Read More…

Mad Caddies

Mad Caddies

Sascha Lazor

Fat Wreck Chords
By on May 9, 2006 at Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta



Two years after I had last interviewed him, I was back sitting on the Mad Caddies tour bus talking to their guitarist Sascha Lazor about their new album and their recent trip to South America. It was a good interview, and once again, Sascha was a nice guy. Thanks a lot to Rob for setting it up and to Sascha for doing it.

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Mad Caddies

Mad Caddies

Sascha Lazor

Fat Wreck Chords
By on March 10th, 2004 at Red's - Edmonton, Alberta



I had the great pleasure to talking to Sascha Lazor, guitarist of the ska-punk band the Mad Caddies as they passed through Edmonton. He was kind of enough to sit down with me while the rest of his band members were eating at Hooters down the hall. We talked about everything from MP3s to cannibalism to major labels and I learnt some new things that I would never have guess before. I would like to thank the nice people and Fat Wreck for setting it up, Sascha for doing it and Derek the merch dude for helping me find Sascha for the interview. During the course of this interview I had some help from my friend Amber as well. Read More…