The eclectic Mad Caddies have once again brought forth their fresh and youthful sound and captured it on their newest studio full length, Just One More. The record takes it’s name from a sign prominently displayed at a Santa Barbara dive bar where the Caddies spend most of their time and even more of their money. It seems as though the music of the islands have had a strong influence because time around the Mad Caddies focus on the downbeat melodic sounds of reggae, dancehall, and even salsa. It makes for a very infectious and rhythmic record, and as the cover art displays, the album has a very mellow ‘speakeasy’ aesthetic. One listen will have you mixin’ drinks and lightin’ stogies!
Hailing from the central coast of California, the mayhem-core ensemble known as the Mad Caddies came into existence in the summer of 1995. Late in 1996, having grown tired of the regular sun, sand, and surf routine, they opted to lock themselves in a barn where they could truly focus on their music. At this point in the story things could have gotten ugly. Luckily when the band reemerged from the ramshackle studio they had completed their debut album, Quality Soft Core. Punk rock pariah Fat Mike heard their stuff and wasted no time bringing the young upstarts aboard his label, Fat Wreck Chords.
The Mad Caddies’ talents reach far beyond the boundaries of ska and punk, enabling them to throw a musical curve ball into the mix without notice. Rockabilly, reggae, dixie, jazz, surf, country, and swing are all styles in which the group is well versed and aren’t afraid to inject to their unique brand of rock. The members of the Mad Caddies are as diverse as the music they perform, but their most notable member is lead vocalist Chuck. Despite his penchant for booze and all things smokable, Chuck’s sweet voice prevails and his crooning could make even Morrissey blush.
The band toured the U.S. countless times, including stints on ‘97, ‘98, ‘00, ‘03 Warped Tours and even went on both the Euro and American Fat Tours of 2000! Between all this time on the road, the Mad Caddies have managed to release an EP and two other full lengths on Fat: Duck and Cover, and the album that launched the sub-genre of Pirate-Core, Rock The Plank. Shiver me timbers! Think about it, the lifestyle of the Mad Caddies consists of travelling around the country, making port in unfamiliar towns, causing trouble, imbibing spirits, and random pillaging. Blue Beard eat your heart out! Well, the fate of Pirate-Core has yet to be determined, but no one can deny their…uhhh…originality?
After the making of Just One More the guys decided it wasn’t enough to release their strongest and most diverse record to date. Oh no. They took the world by storm on the Warped Tour’s mainstage and headlined the Fat Tour in America and in Europe alongside labelmates Rise Against, The Lawrence Arms, and more. These kids were busy in 2003, and if that didn’t bring their lonely girlfriends to tears, their subsequent tours of Japan and Australia certainly did. Of course all of this outrageous touring led to the release of Live From Toronto: Songs In The Key Of Eh. Now everyone can experience the Mad Caddies live! Look for these boys to have continued success throughout 2005 as they are working on a new and, you guessed it, more touring!