Mad Caddies - The Holiday Has Been Cancelled
Fat Wreck Chords
Submitted for your approval: 5 tracks of varying lengths and difficult horn
parts, with lyrics that really make you wonder how emo this band really
is. I know that sounds wacky, considering that the Mad Caddies, for all
intents and purposes, are a Fat Wreck punk/ska band with blistering drum
beats, super fast power chords, and a goofy stage show to be reckoned
with. But come in closer, and take a look at just how emo the Caddies
EXHIBIT ONE: Lyrics
Track one, "Falling Down" -- "the day we met upon a cold December, the day
we met and I started to fall."
Track two, "Nobody Wins at the Laundromat" -- "A blackened wick is all that
remains when the verdict has been sent."
Track three, "Something's Wrong at the Playground" -- "A cherry burning
bright, but a future that's not."
Track four, "Destro" -- "I wanna see you when everything's gone."
Track five, "S.O.S." -- ok, so this is an ABBA cover. But ABBA was pretty
EXHIBIT TWO: Liner Notes
Contained after the thanks list, there is a little note from a band member:
"[W]hat you hear on this record is not so much a labor of love as it is an
impromptu jam. It is a spur of the moment thing we couldn't really
recreate if we tried."
Does that not just completely sound like thrown-together emo supergroup
Radio Flyer? Come on, you have to be starting to see it now. And finally,
the final piece of evidence.
EXHIBIT THREE: Pictures
Inside the booklet, there are associated pictures put together, like in
most CDs. Does this mean that all CDs are emo? No [although by the looks
of it these days, that might change. Rap Rock can only live for so
long. But I digress]. What is emo are two different series of
pictures: one being the same shot from a live show repeated in a vertical
row, each frame being a different color, the other being a line of photos
running across the bottom of the booklet horizontally, each being a
seemingly random shot of the outside and inside of a motor home. Fat has
realized that emo is the next big thing, so it is only a matter of time
before we see No Use For A Name in V-neck sweaters and Good Riddance in
horn-rimmed glasses. Regardless, this EP still sounds great, emo or not,
and it is a wonderful follow-up to "Duck and Cover."
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