Mad Caddies

Mad Caddies (10:20 PM)

The Bunny Gang featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly (9:20 PM)

The Olés (8:30 PM)

Wed, January 21, 2015

8:00 pm

Adv tix $17.00 / DOS tix $20.00

This event is all ages

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Mad Caddies - (Set time: 10:20 PM)
Mad Caddies
Since their inception, during high school in California nearly two decades ago, the Mad Caddies have toured the world countless times delighting fans with their unique blend of reggae, punk, ska and pop, and with their newest album Dirty Rice the Mad Caddies have proven they’re just as impassioned and energetic as ever. In many ways the band’s first full-length in seven years sees them coming full circle, demonstrating while trends and times have changed, the Mad Caddies’ commitment to creating dynamic music has only grown stronger.

Yet the Mad Caddies are a difficult band to pin down. We’re not sure what’s more impressive, the fact that Mad Caddies have sold over 400,000 albums or they’ve managed to combine a wide range of influences – - dixieland, reggae, punk, ska – - into a collection of songs which are incredibly diverse yet still make for a cohesive listen from start to finish. “We love the fact that we’re able to expand our sound with every album,” Lazor explains, citing the fact that the band goes over just as well at family-friendly festivals as they do late-night rock shows alongside their punk peers. “I don’t know many bands who are able to have such a wide range of songs and styles at their disposal.”

Dirty Rice is the culmination of the band’s already remarkable career, but like many works of art, creating Dirty Rice wasn’t an effortless process. In fact, the Mad Caddies originally started working on the album in 2009 but weren’t happy with the results and decided to go back to the drawing board. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because when they returned they had gained two more songwriters—original drummer Todd Rosenberg and new keyboardist Dustin Lanker (formerly of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies) — who alongside vocalist Chuck Robertson, guitarist Sascha Lazor, trumpet player Keith Douglas, trombonist Ed Hernandez and bassist Graham Palmer make up the Mad Caddies. “We’re excited with this lineup because the new additions bring so much to the table with their musical knowledge and songwriting skills,” Robertson explains, “That’s very evident listening to these songs.”

Produced by the Mad Caddies and Rosenberg at his own studio (which is incidentally located in the same building where the band rehearsed in high school) Dirty Rice’s in-house nature allowed the band to explore creative ideas that wouldn’t have come to fruition in the traditional big-budget setting. “Writing and recording this album in Todd’s studio really allowed us to experiment, not only with the actual composition but also with the layering and arrangements,” Robertson explains. The result is an album that features everything from the reggae-influenced pop of “Shoot Out The Lights” to the hardcore punk introduction of “Love Myself” and all of the sonic territory in between.

The band also got integral assistance from NOFX frontman and Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike who had a major role in shaping the direction of Dirty Rice and helping them pair down over 30 songs into the final twelve selections. “Mike has worked with us since our first record and he came down and gave his honest and unbiased opinion on a lot of these songs and that outside perspective really helped make this album a lot better,” Lazor explains, adding that Mike also helped write the New-Orleans-meets-reggae rocker “Shot In The Dark” with the band in just ten minutes. “Mike was critical but at the same time he made the process fun and easy.”

Plenty of life experiences and milestones inevitably occurred between the making of Dirty Rice and their last full-length 2007′s Keep It Going but the Mad Caddies have never stopped pushing forward no matter what obstacles lie in their way. The band wanted to keep evolving musically and create new material for the enjoyment of their fans who have supported them in America as well as all the places around the globe where they’ve performed from South Africa to Japan.

When asked about one of the secrets to their success, Lazor explains, “We don’t really have a lot of drama in the band…We know each member’s personality pretty well at this point and we get along pretty well, especially when we’re cramped in a bus or van.” As we said at the beginning, there isn’t an easy way to explain the Mad Caddies because there’s nothing typical about them and that may be why they’ve lasted so long and their fan base keeps growing with them. “The last 20 years have been great and over the course of the next 20 years I’d love to see us become one of those bands where you just have to check ‘em out because you can’t explain their sound.

I feel like we’ll be able to be around for a long time,” Robertson summarizes, citing the fact that the Mad Caddies now have second-generation fans, “Right now we feel more unstoppable than ever.”
The Bunny Gang featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly - (Set time: 9:20 PM)
The Bunny Gang featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly
“It’s a sign of what time it is,” he affirms. “Revolution must be peaceful, nonviolent, and conscious. I think it can mean something different to everybody though. There can be a million interpretations, and that’s the wonderful thing about it.”

The Bunny Gang’s sophomore full-length “Thrive” stands built on creative revolution. Transcending musical boundaries, The Bunny Gang organically strut between alternative, folk, punk, and reggae. Following up 2009′s acclaimed White Rabbit, It’s a tight and thought-provoking combination that makes for an irresistible sonic brew.

In order to stir up the eleven songs comprising the album, the gang retreated to Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX with producer Ryan Hewitt [Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers]. Tapping into an indescribable chemistry, the entire offering was cut in less than a week.

“The bands name comes from a punk rock crew I grew up with in the South Bay of Los Angeles called The Original Bunny Gang or OBG PUNX. After playing with several great musicians, including my father Maxwell and my first ever bandmate Mike Peralta, in 2012, I met an amazing hearted and like- minded human being in Nat Lort-Nelson. He was the glue. There’s a deep history, and we share a philosophical outlook. We believe art should say something.”

That’s exactly what songs like the first single, “Sirens Through City,” do. Co-written with Scott Abels (Jimmy Cliff, The Aggrolites, Tim Armstrong & numerous other acclaimed artists) the song skates from a soulful riff into a poetic melody, it’s a personal and poignant rumination from the singer. He also encloses a hopeful message inside of the track.

“I wrote that song when I was living in Harbor City, which is a rough town in South Los Angeles,” he recalls. “I was literally sitting on the corner and hearing police sirens every night. At the same time, it’s a song of hope and making it out of the ghetto and thriving. If people could dream bigger and step outside of their bubble, they’d realize the world is a beautiful place.”

Elsewhere on the record, the energetic “Uprise Underground” appeals to revolutionaries everywhere, urging an awakening, while questioning the status quo. The Bunny Gangthen floats down the river on “Illegal Market” co-written with Dennis Casey (Flogging Molly). This is an iridescent jam that showcases the bands love of Cumbia as well as a cry for social equality.

Ultimately, anybody who takes this ride with The Bunny Gang will feel that progression. “Life, art, and music are all evolution,” he concludes. It sounds like revolution is just up head for The Bunny Gang.
The Olés - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
With verses sung by frontman Matt Tweed and the choruses and harmonies sung by guitarist Cole Leksan, the duo have garnered a praising response for their songwriting ability. But all music heads know that drum and bass are the backbone of the reggae trip, and drummer Eric Lordan as well as bassist Aaron Brennan keep the rhythm within pin point precision on the new Westward Bound EP. Each of The Olés’ songs have a groove and a story that captures the meaning of living on the California Coast.

In Isla Vista, where the band hails from, The Olés have been known for playing raucous party-rocking live shows. The new addition of trumpet and trombone to their sound has brought The Olés into a new sonic level. Westward Bound is the first batch of The Olés’ recordings that has included Nick Marks on trumpet and Dominick Burnham on trombone. These two jazz cats have brought memorable tonal aspects to each song on the EP.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change