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January 26, 2014

Album 0422: Mad Caddies – Just One More

MadCaddies-JustOneMore

Release Date: 2003
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Drinking For 11 (03:56)
2. Contraband (01:19)
3. Villains (02:15)
4. Silence (02:49)
5. Just One More (03:26)
6. Day By Day (02:47)
7. Leavin’ (03:00)
8. Rockupation (03:04)
9. Last Breath (03:22)
10. Spare Change? (03:10)
11. Riot (02:29)
12. 10 West (03:06)
13. Good Intentions (03:04)
14. Wet Dog (03:09)
15. Game Show (03:20)

Total Length: 44:15

Drinking For 11 starts off this, the Caddies’ most diverse album, in a nice, calm way. I can’t say this is how I would have ordered the tracks, but this is still a strong track. It’s laid back, but with a somber atmosphere. Contraband is the absolute opposite, it’s fast and angry and just kind of blows by. It kind of doesn’t feel genuine from the band, but I like it. Villains is a mixture of a punk song with some rockabilly. I always love when the band breaks out the banjo, it just leads to good things.

Silence is yet another heavy song, which is kind of my issue. They load up the front end with some absolutely antagonistic (to each other) songs. I still kind of like this song, but it has issues. Just One More is really odd being the title track, I can only imagine they liked the title more than what the song represented. It’s kind of Spanish-influenced and tries to portray that atmosphere, and they almost pull it off. Just kind of clunky.

Day By Day is a decent song, it feels kind of run-in-the-mill, like a couple songs that they did better on their previous album. Leavin’ is a step up from the two previous songs though, with a legitimately fun atmosphere and rhythm. I can not help but sing along, and the lyrics are fairly relatable. Rockupation, if you can’t tell from the title, is more like a general rock song. In that sense, it’s boring and features almost nothing from the band that made me love them in the first place.

Last Breath at least has that near-swing type feel, and even if the lyrics aren’t for me, I still like the whole of the song. Spare Change? brings back more of the reggae feel, and that’s why this is one of the best songs on the album. Riot does that about face on the tone again, being the second heaviest song on here, following the second softest. It’s a really weird thing to do, but I mostly like the song. It takes on some ‘arena rock’ qualities that I despise though.

10 West feels exactly like track six, and there’s not much difference between them. They’re both at the same level of ‘okay.’ Good Intentions is pretty boring in all honesty. It’s just generic sludge that wasn’t even single bait. Wet Dog is moody and just feels kind of gross. The whole album kind of loses traction here in these last few songs, like they suddenly tacked on the songs that weren’t going to be on the album. Game Show has a neat metaphor, and that’s the only really good thing I can say about it. There was a point where I had a much higher opinion of this album, and it gets harder and harder to realize why that was.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

December 22, 2012

Album 0199: Mad Caddies – The Holiday Has Been Cancelled

MadCaddies-THHBC

Release Date: 2000
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Falling Down (03:09)
2. Nobody Wins At The Laundromat (02:00)
3. Something’s Wrong At The Playground (02:10)
4. Destro (02:26)
5. S.O.S. (03:12)

Total Length: 12:56

Falling Down kicks off the album with a playful but downtrodden banjo, the band’s first hint at their evolving sound. The song is still justifiably Caddies, but it’s the little touches that set it apart, like the muted trumpet. Nobody Wins At The Laundromat is a pretty heavy song with a good chorus, but they’ve done better songs in this vein. Something’s Wrong At The Playground is so much fun and was my favorite Caddies song for a long time. Insightful lyrics, an upbeat atmosphere, you just can’t help but love it.

Destro is a fairly good song as well, nothing terribly special but I can’t really fault anything about it. S.O.S. is an ABBA cover, and the band actually plays it wonderfully. The buildup to the chorus works very well. ABBA songs seem to work well to being modified for other genres. This short EP was a great little blip in this band’s career, the only real disappointing thing about it is, well, its length. Love it.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

November 28, 2012

Album 0176: Mad Caddies – Rock The Plank

Release Date: 2001
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Shaving Your Life (02:06)
2. Mary Melody (03:09)
3. B-Side (02:58)
4. Days Away (03:44)
5. Bridges (02:41)
6. We’ll Start To Worry When The Cynics Start Believing (03:18)
7. Weird Beard (02:44)
8. Easy Cheese (02:13)
9. Hound Bound (03:38)
10. Depleted Salvo (02:59)
11. Chevy Novacaine (02:39)
12. Booze Cruise (02:25)
13. All American Badass (02:41)

Total Length: 37:16

This album is the odd man out in the Caddies catalogue. Plenty of people worried from this album that the band was dropping their ska stuff in favor of only a punk sound, like plenty of the late 90s ska bands were doing around this time. They still play it on here, but it takes up a smaller percentage than their previous stuff. However, they actually do stuff other than those two, and it’s this experimentation that sets the band apart from here on and really gives them their own flair. Shaving Your Life is a straight punk song and harder than anything they had done up to this point, but not really a fair start to the album as far as what to expect. I still enjoy the song though.

Mary Melody is a brilliant song though, combining punk and a bit of throwback style with the guitar and muted horns into a really neat blend. The chorus is incredibly catchy, and the end of the song is pretty fantastic as well. B-Side is back to pretty much only punk. I really like the chorus, it’s the only thing that stands out to me. Days Away is mostly reggae with some punk near the end, it’s definitely a pretty cool song but they’ve done others like it that I enjoy more.

Bridges is a pretty angry song and probably the best punk-only song so far. It’s short, the vocals stick with you and make you want to sing along, and the production compliments these aspects well. We’ll Start To Worry When The Cynics Start Believing is fun, even if I didn’t like it the first few times I heard it. It’s an odd piece, not really experimental but there is still nothing else like it on the album. Speaking of experimental, Weird Beard is here to fill that niche entirely. A pirate-themed song (accordion and all) it’s an incredibly fun song and it’s no surprise that it has been pretty much a live staple of the band since it was introduced. It’s insanely cool and I have no idea how you wouldn’t want to sing along to it.

Easy Cheese is just a plain, fun pop-punk song. It’s not entirely imaginative, any other band of the time could have had these lyrics so the song is just a really good guilty pleasure. Hound Bound has very cool guitars in the intro, the chorus is catchy, and I like that they are incorporating the horns into a punkier song, but it does go on just a tad too long. Depleted Salvo has some cool vocal lines, but this overall really isn’t the Caddies’ style and I get tired of the track after a minute or so.

Chevy Novacaine is kind of the same deal, but it feels shorter and the chorus is better than the last track. Booze Cruise is much like the last two tracks as well, about on par with the previous one. All American Badass turns the album on its head by being a polka song. The band still gets punk in the chorus, but the infusion of polka is incredibly refreshing, and again this is another song that has become a live staple. It’s just too much fun. The great songs on this album are some of the best the band has done, but they are marred by the average songs. If the band had combined these great songs with their previous EP, it probably would have been my favorite album of theirs, but as it stands it’s very middle-of-the-road.

Final Rating: 8/10

July 13, 2012

Album 0070: Mad Caddies – Quality Soft Core

Release Date: 1997
Genre: Ska/Punk

Tracklisting:

1. I’m So Alone (04:10)
2. Distress (03:50)
3. Cup O’ Tea (01:44)
4. The Bell Tower (02:43)
5. No Sé (02:41)
6. Crew Cut Chuck (01:57)
7. Goleta (01:25)
8. Big Brother (03:26)
9. L.G.’s (03:21)
10. Polyester Khakis (02:21)
11. Preppie Girl (02:35)
12. Mum’s The Word (01:38)
13. Sad Reggie (04:51)

Total Length: 36:43

I’m So Alone is a really cool song because it starts off simple but keeps building and getting faster. It’s like it has 3 separate sections which makes for one cool song. Distress is more reggae-tinged, and really shows off how evocative Chuck’s vocals are. Cup O’ Tea is a very fun little song, just done and over with. The Bell Tower has a great horn riff and there is a great rhythm that the vocals follow.

No Sé is alright, not a great song but I appreciate them trying some interesting things. Crew Cut Chuck is the same way, some nice experimentation but not a great song. Goleta is an okay little song, not much to it. Big Brother is fairly fun, even if the intro seems very generic. L.G.’s is a pretty nice song.

Polyester Khakis is an alright song but the lyrics are very off putting. Preppie Girl is the meanest song on the album but it’s also a heck of a lot of fun. Mum’s The Word is a really cool short song, love the lyrics. Sad Reggie is another more reggae based song, and while I like this song it does go on a bit too long. This album overall has a couple strong songs, but the band just isn’t refined quite yet.

Final Rating: 7/10