Psyko Steve Presents



Fri, October 26, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rebel Lounge

Phoenix, AZ

$20.00 - $22.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Mad Caddies have always had a diverse set of influences. Since forming in Solvang, California back in 1995, the band has channeled their love of classic reggae, dub, ska, dancehall, two-tone, and punk into something that’s distinctly theirs. Over the past twenty years, the Mad Caddies have made music that slipped between genre lines, and with Punk Rocksteady, they offer a record of punk covers that shows the Mad Caddies are capable of taking all that piss and vinegar and turning it into something beautiful.

Recorded at San Francisco’s Motor Studios with Fat Mike serving as the record’s producer, as well as its spiritual guide, the Mad Caddies got to bring one of Mike’s pet projects to life. “This has been one of his dream projects for a long time,” says guitarist Sascha Lazor. “It’s been a party conversation. ‘Hey, you should do that.’” But after years of talk, the stars began to align. What followed was a two-month long process that saw the band, as well as Mike, collaborate on making a list of songs that were befitting of the Mad Caddies treatment.

“We had a grand vision that we needed to have four-to-six sounds on here,” says vocalist Chuck Robertson. “We needed to have traditional ska, super horn-heavy dancehall songs, reggae, SoCal stuff, and we needed to have something new and weird that we could make our own.” In order to make Punk Rocksteady diverse, the band labored over picking songs that could be interpreted in ways that would feel new and exciting, but still retained the spirit of the originals. With Punk Rocksteady, the Mad Caddies effectively reframe the past 40 years of punk history into something that’s lighter but no less impactful. From pulling vintage soul music sounds out of The Misfits “Some Kind Of Hate,” or giving the Descendents deep cut “Jean Is Dead” a reggae strut, some of punk’s genre-defining bands are remade at the hands of the Mad Caddies. “If the song’s good, it can be played in any genre and do the song justice,” says Robertson, and it’s true listening to Punk Rocksteady, as the band’s approach shows the limitless potential of the source material, turning Against Me!’s “Sink, Florida, Sink” into a horn-laced joyride and giving the staunch ska-haters Propagandhi a send-up that even they couldn’t deny.

“We wanted this to be a cohesive album that, even if you’re not a fan of punk, you could throw on and enjoy,” says Robertson. And for punks that are dubious of reggae, it gives them a new view of the songwriting chops of some of their favorite bands. With both the Mad Caddies and Fat Mike in a room, the material for Punk Rocksteady had a really high bar to clear, and the band put in the work to ensure it did. “It’s really hard to take a Bad Religion song and make it a reggae song and have it sound good,” says Lazor. “There’s so much movement in the chords, and that doesn’t work for reggae.” But the result was finding a way to translate Bad Religion’s “Sorrow” into something that retained the song’s powerful arch with it sounding like something you’ve never heard before.

A byproduct of reworking all these songs to fit the Mad Caddies’ style was that the band finished the record inspired to look at their own songwriting with the same critical eye. “We don’t like to learn covers or play covers, but we picked these songs that we thought were really good,” says Lazor. “It really gave us a fresh perspective on writing songs.” It’s something that permeates Punk Rocksteady and reminds that, in the world of the Mad Caddies, the best thing to expect is the unexpected.
Singer and songwriter of Caribbean Rockalypso pioneers, West Lindy, from the Virgin Islands.
Madd Dog Tannen is a four piece ska punk band from Surprise/Peoria area. We formed in 2006 and have played steadily over the past 11 years. We not only are a band but also family. Brian and Shawn are brothers and along with Kevin (Our cousin) and Kyle who we have known since elementary school we decided to form a band to spread a positive message of Unity and sing songs that people can relate to. We are a high energy band who put all of our high energy into our shows and encourage crowd interaction into our shows. We have played with many bands over the years including local favorites Authority Zero at the Marquee Theater in February 2017 and again in November 2017. We grew up knowing Mike Spero from Authority Zero. We were direct support for punk rock legends the Adicts in August of 2017 at the Marquee Theater. We have played shows on the west valley at the Deli on 96th ave and Peoria and we have played many places on the east valley like the Timeout Lounge, Yucca Tap Room. We have even ventured into other parts of Arizona including Prescott. We have met and made some incredible friendships over the years with bands such as FOL, Contradiction, Alex Squared, Perfect Sense, Torn at the Seam, Rundown Roomates, and many many other local favorites. Over the last 11 years we have played most venues that Arizona has to offer and continue to surprise everyone who come out to see us with our high energy and positive message. Please enjoy some of our song offerings and thank you again for this opportunity we appreciate your time and interest.

"Last of the locals, outside of Authority Zero, for the Marquee show was Madd Dog Tannen. First, let me say, I already love that they are named after a Back to the Future reference. What better way to follow up Rundown Roommates than with another band that loves to move around the entire stage as they play. These full of energy, probably best dressed of the night dudes brought the punk. They even work in a little bit of ska into their music, at one point in the set trying to get people to skank in the pit. These guys are a band I hadn’t even known about before the show, and now I want to see them play more." -Every Show Joe
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016