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Mad Caddies

Mad Caddies: Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice (2014)

Fat Wreck Chords


3.5
Dirty Rice is the Mad Caddies' sixth full-length and it's their first release in seven years. They do have their ska punk/reggae feel on this album, but they've gone a little bit poppier with some songs like "Brand New Scar," "Down and Out" and "Back to the Bed." But don't let that throw you off bec...

Dirty Rice is the Mad Caddies' sixth full-length and it's their first release in seven years. They do have their ska punk/reggae feel on this album, but they've gone a little bit poppier with some songs like "Brand New Scar," "Down and Out" and "Back to the Bed." But don't let that throw you off because Dirty Rice is a pretty ska-dominated album with a lot of creative beats and rhythms. One song that probably has the most purely punk sound is a song called "Bring It Down" that has fast and distorted guitars that back up lyrics that have a fantastic message: "They're pushing the drugs and they market the fear/The police state is already here/So for now I pledge allegiance to hippies, punks, geeks and queers." Then a slower bridge section follows where the horn section plays the same notes that Chuck Robertson sings (a very nice touch), which is followed by a screaming guitar solo. The Caddies also mixed the louder and more distorted guitar with their reggae sound in a track called "Cali Song." It has a killer guitar intro that leads into a very slow, more traditional reggae song. Interestingly, they end Dirty Rice on a softer note. The last track, "Drinking the Night Away," is a ballad-esque, acoustic song that only consists of an acoustic guitar, some drums and a ukulele, all while maintaining their ska/reggae characteristics.

Overall, the Mad Caddies still have it. Seeing how this is their first new material in seven years, its pretty impressive that they were able to write such a solid album.

You can listen to the track "Down and Out" here.