Review: Mad Caddies, Rescue Rooms
IT'S as rainy and miserable a Nottingham November as they come, but it certainly doesn't feel like that inside the city's Rescue Rooms.
No – in here it's a sunny Glastonbury afternoon, courtesy of the Mad Caddies' laid-back ska vibes.
Except, of course, the Caddies have never graced a Glasto stage and probably never will – their status as California ska punk legends seemingly incompatible with any recognition by the mainstream music press.
And yet this is a band practically impossible not to like, mixing Dixieland swing with reggae, ska, surf and So-Cal punk so seamlessly that it makes you wonder why every band doesn't do this.
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Think NOFX covering the Bugsy Malone soundtrack and you're a tenth of the way to understanding the Mad Caddies magic.
In their first Nottingham gig for six years, and ostensibly promoting their recent best-of compilation, Consentual Selection, the Caddies offer up a lengthy set packed with feel-good reggae (Right State Of Mind), cool punk energy (The Gentleman) and the occasional burst of sublime silliness (Monkeys).
It added up to a night, with its casual charm, understated but incredibly accomplished musicianship and a sound mix as clear and bright as this reviewer has ever heard at the Rescue Rooms, that was everything a Mad Caddies fan could have asked for.