Mad Caddies / Choke / Pulley

Mad Caddies / Choke / Pulley: live in Torontolive in Toronto (2004)
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Saint Patrick's day is a holiday unlike any other, reserved for absurd drunkenness, and a general sense of tomfoolery. Yes, tomfoolery, and the spirit of the day was definitely present at the Opera House for the concert that was..going to happen. The Mad Caddies, Choke, Pulley, Closet Monster, an.

Saint Patrick's day is a holiday unlike any other, reserved for absurd drunkenness, and a general sense of tomfoolery. Yes, tomfoolery, and the spirit of the day was definitely present at the Opera House for the concert that was..going to happen. The Mad Caddies, Choke, Pulley, Closet Monster, and Irish Car Bomb. Was it good? Well keep reading fool!


Anyways, the night started off with the aforementioned Irish Car Bomb tearing through a short set but from what I remember they were pretty good, nothing earth shattering, nothing that's going to make you turn to the guy beside you who you do not know and say "Hey, wow!". But good none the less.

After that, was Closet Monster. Now let me preface this by saying, we are about to enter a magical land called the Opinion Zone, and please remember this principle for the rest of this review. My critiques of the next few bands will be based on their objective stage performance, and my opinion of them, so if you don't like it don't get your panties in a bunch, just listen. I don't like this band. They seemed to have a good enough stage presence and I'm sure if you're a fan you would've enjoyed their performance but to me they were just another group of pop-political-punk-posers trying to get their 'message' across through their music. Wasn't working for me.

If you've been following along, you'll know that next to hit the stage was Pulley. Now, by reading the articles and reviews on this site I've learned that Pulley is a favourite around here, and again, they did have a good stage presence and seemed to be having a great time. I just don't get it though, their lyrics are uninspired their songs sound the same, and the singer looks like he's forty-five (that's irrelevant I know, but I thought I'd point that out). Let me reiterate though, if you like Pulley you would've liked their performance, they're just not for me.

During the set up time I made my way to the front of the stage in anticipation of the Mad Caddies, but before that majestic occurrence took place a group of scruffy looking musicians, they call themselves Choke, began their performance. They rocked. I was a bit surprised by the singing voice of the lead singer as the voice didn't really match the face but that didn't stop the rockin'. They played for about a half hour to an amazing crowd response and in my opinion (this is that opinion thing I was talking about) they were the best opener.

Opener Shmopener though, eh? Who cares! Now it's time for the Mad Caddies, or rather it was then time for the Mad Caddies, since it was past tense. Er.. sorry. Almost right away the lead singer told everyone that the show was being recorded for a live album! I exclaimed my joy by yelling, Wow! It was a moment. These guys have an amazing energy live, the lead singer who may or may not have been drunk, danced and pranced in such an awkward but enjoyable way, and the horn section was so tight that their whole set just blurred together into one long skankeriffic session of ska. Say that thirty times fast. Do it. Since I was at the front, after more than halfway through their set I got a bit tired of getting kicked in the head by crowd surfers, so I made my way upstairs to the bar area and got myself a water. Oh that's right, I'm underage. As I was walking around, I slipped on the precipitation-soaked stairs and scraped my arm up real nice. That wasn't fun, but I digress. I can't remember exactly which songs they played, but all the good ones were there: Road Rash, Monkeys, Drinking for 11, Contraband? etc.. This band just has such a great presence live that makes them even more enjoyable then on CD, watching the live singer dance around is worth the ticket price alone, and I mean that in a totally hetero way.. notgay.

After the show we filed out politely to the street, watched some drunken Saint Paddy's Day fights, talked to random people, and rode the trusty Toronto Transit System to our respective homes, and then you know, slept and stuff.


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IAMTHEMIRROR (May 25, 2006)

too bad you didn't get trampled at this show. you suck weiner face.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (April 14, 2004)

"firstly, you told us sweet fuck all about the actual sets, second, i hope that "in a hetero way""not gay" carry-on at the end was a joke you little twerp. if not you should take a hard listen to what stacks of punk bands with half a brain have to say about being gay... bloody homophobe... equality for all"

You're an idiot.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

firstly, you told us sweet fuck all about the actual sets, second, i hope that "in a hetero way""not gay" carry-on at the end was a joke you little twerp. if not you should take a hard listen to what stacks of punk bands with half a brain have to say about being gay... bloody homophobe... equality for all

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

What TFP song was it they covered? Damn, I wish I could have seen that... I love old Ten Foot Pole. Was lucky enough to see them twice with Scott, and let me tell ya, the were way better than Pulley.


Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

I saw the frostbite tour in Ottawa. Great show. I am personnally a fan of TFP, so when choke did the TFP cover with Tony and Scott, I shit myself and sang the entire song. As for Pulleys set, I thought it was amazing. Their new album is also great, and if your a fan of Pulley, pick it up. Best songs splayed were teh new song, Stomach aches, and Working class whore. The Caddies were as good as they were the last two times Ive seen them. Highlighting tracks were: Drinking for 11, and Monkeys. Always a good, drunken set. Choke was pretty good, the voice was not for me, but they were pretty good. The highlight of their set was the TFP cover of never look back. Closet Monster was great, i had seen them before, but they werent as good as the first time. Highlight of their set for me was "smells like revolutionary spirit".
All in all, good show, a little expensive though.

Not-To-Regret (March 26, 2004)

I saw the Frostbite Tour in Vancouver, same bands... I was shitfaced and really high off some big joints I smoked between sets but I had a great time. Moshed for all of Pulley and Caddies, some songs for other bands... too busy drinking. I have to say in comparison to other skate/pop punk bands like Millencolin, Pulley doesn't compare on their albums, but they fucking rocked live, "Second Best" is my favorite song, download it. Mad Caddies were amazing, drunken blur the whole set... I was disappointed with that they played the same songs at warped tour, I wanted to hear Bridges! got backstage with Keith and met all the Caddies!

ilikebandssuchasopivy (March 25, 2004)

I just don't like skate punk I guess. It's not for everyone and I just don't get Pulley, also the lead singer comment wasn't meant to actually critique the music or affected my opinion of the band. He just looked out of place and I felt like adding a brief aside comment about it.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

score is for the review.... i learned absolutely nothing except you're under 21, cant walk on stairs, complain about being in a moshpit, and your opinions on 5 bands... you told us NOTHING of the sets.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

yah thats right, i said revolutionary. Its what i believe and what i stick by

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

pulley=revolutionary! hhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahah

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

score is for Choke, the most underrated and overlooked band of the past couple of years. well at least here in the states anyway.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

I am a big fan of all three bands, but I have been a fan of Pulley's for alot longer and I am shocked to hear you even toy with the idea that these guys lack anything. They have down to earth lyrics which many people could relate to (unless youre not down to earth), second of all their music complements their lyrics which in my opinion is the way punk rock should be. And regardless of how old Scott Radinsky looks, punk should have no boundaries on appearance or age. And if so he should discriminate you for being to young to be at their show. And if you didn't know this, he used to be a pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers...but gave up making millions of dollars to make priceless music!!....so put that in your pipe and smoke it.....email me if you can argue with that tyebe@saintjohn.nbcc.nb.ca

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

I saw the show in Montreal relly great show. I thought closet monster was a tad weak. I actually liked Irish car bomb the played a really wicked rasalios cover. As for someone saying pulley sucks, fine its opinon... but your opinons wrong, nah just kidding guess skate punk isnt for everyone. As for the caddies they were worth the price of admission alone. Wish i coulda been at the Toronto show some of the opening bands said the sound at the opera house was amazing, crazy considering its gonna be a live in a dive release should'nt the show be in a dive.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (March 24, 2004)

No, I think it is you who does not get music 'in general'. If you were to 'get' music you wouldn't be saying that Pulley sucks, because they don't, since when is someone out of touch with music when they don't like a certain band. This can be argued, but music isn't exactly objective. For the most part it is, crap is pretty much universal, but thankfully there is a lot of great musical talent out there. It just comes down to taste, in the end.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

You don't seem to 'get' music in general. But the simple fact is that pulley does indeed suck, so maybe you're on the right track.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (March 23, 2004)

Again, I'm not saying that Pulley is a bunch of horrible musicians and they all suck and everyone should hate them because of the aformentioned sucking. I'm just saying.. I don't get it.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Pulley's new record is, despite what you might think REALLY REALLY GOOD. Suprised the shit out of me. Scott Radinsky looks kinda silly on stage but c'mon its Scott Radinsky? Choke obviously holds him in regard with the 10 foot pole cover


Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

i'd really like to know why you think that Pulley's lyrics are uninspired, please just go look at their lyircs, i suggest personaly the song "She" the song is about not following your dreams. Not typical for skate punk. Pulley is revolutionary in my eyes and its really to bad that all the kids today are into that shitty ass depressing screamo shit, listen to Pulley if you wanna listen to real music. Thats not an opinion, thats a statement

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I saw the show in Victoria, first time I ever saw closet monster. I don't know why everyone is trashing them so much, I thought they played a really good, really high energy set. All you fucking poseurs should stop trashing their bass player for playing with Avril, you would all probably do it too. Besides, he didn't like it and quit and is playing punk again. ANyhow I didn't really like Irish Car Bomb, they weren't really bad but weren't reaaly good either. Pulley was the highlight of the night, their set rocked (nd the new cd is their best yet). Choke was disappointing, i usually really like them so maybe it was just an off night. Mad Caddies were the same old entertaining show. Anyone driving to the Vancouver Ten Foot Pole show?

ilikebandssuchasopivy (March 23, 2004)

And the barrage of nonsense begins... Did I not mention that it was my opinion? If you like Pulley then you would've rocked the fuck out. I enjoy the company of Choke, instead. Reviews do need to include opinion, you know.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Fuck you for dissing Pulley, cockwad!

This score is for Pulley and Mad Caddies.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

choke sucks balls

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

The show was awesome, but I never though a review could make me second guess myself. Your review sucked buddy. We don't care about you scraping your arm, or trying to get us to do tongue twisters. Pulley and Mad Caddies rocked the house. The only cool thing about the Choke set was when Scott came out and they played an old Ten Foot Pole song. But you wouldn't even know who they are.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

these chicks don't even know the name of my bayand. but they're all on my like the wanna hold hands.

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