Mad Caddies “Keep It Going”

Album Reviews | Apr 26th, 2007

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Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre: Ska Punk
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Mad Caddies are back after a few years of not recording new songs, and I must say it may be my favorite album to date. With Producer “Native” Wayne Jobson on board for the new album, the band returned to a more reggae vibe on this record and I love it. Wayne Jobson brings a lot to the table as a producer of Grammy Award Winning Artists like No Doubt and Toots and The Maytals. The Mad Caddies pick their moments to really have fun on the record like “The Dirge” and “Today.” Although Its songs like “State of Mind,” and “Reflections that are going to keep you humming them all day. Every record, the band gets tighter and sounds more mature. Mad Caddies singer Chuck’s vocals have gotten stronger as the years progress as well. I’ve been listening to this album for a month now and must say it’s tough to take out of the CD player. The Mad Caddies are a fun, energetic band that can be described as a mix of ska, punk, reggae, dixie land and pirate rock. If it wasn’t for their morning opening slot on the ’97 Warped Tour, I may never have heard of these guys.

Besides Wayne Jobson helping out with the album, the band got Duckie Simpson of Black Uhuru to do some guest vocals one of of the tracks. Black Uhuru is one of my favorite reggae bands so I was happy to hear Duckie singing with the band. He performs on “Riding For A Fall,” originally a Delroy Wilson classic and it’s one of my favorite tunes of “Keep It Going.” Some may say this record is slower than previous but I think it’s great. It’s not a bad thing to want to switch it up and do more reggae songs than punk one’s. If you are a fan of the band regardless, you’ll find this album to be awesome. Bands that provide a ska-punk sound are few and far between these days so it’s especially satisfying for one of the better bands to come out of the 3rd wave of ska movement to still be rocking. The Mad Caddies “Keep It Going” is so far my favorite record this year!

Bottom Line: f you don’t buy this album, you are a dummy.
Notable Tracks: State of Mind, Backyard, Riding For A Fall, Reflections, Without You, Coyote
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