Caddy is a band I had absolutely no idea existed until I received an email by an eager person saying “Have a listen to this album!” (which I did). I had a quick look at the contents of the email and saw a fair bit of text. Instead of reading all that text I just looked for a link to the album (which is called Electric Hero), zoomed on over to it, pressed “play” and hoped for the best.
Phew. Not horrible!
Here’s the title track:
Caddy – “Electric Hero” (2010)
Here’s another track from the album:
Caddy – “Turn Up The Radio” (2010)
As I was listening to the album I thought, “Hmm. The band’s pretty tight, and they all play well together. The songs are well-recorded, too. Now, how to describe the music? Maybe if somebody asks, I can say that it’s punk-pop. Sort of. That band really does play well together.”
I must admit that I was thoroughly amazed when I found out that Caddy is actually just one person: a chap from Norway by the name of Tomas Dahl.
I found this out by actually reading the rest of the email.
I’ll reprint the part where I found out that ‘Caddy’ is Tomas. If I had actually bothered to read all of the email when I received it, I would have saved myself the surprise of finding out that Caddy is one man:
Who is Caddy?
Caddy is the one-man powerpoptacular music sensation, Tomas Dahl. best known for his work in such bands as The Yum Yums, Wonderfools and Turbonegro, Tomas bombarded Toproom Studio like a Norwegian Dave Grohl affinite to lay down his “angular, gutsy, guitar-fueled melodies and full-bodied harmonies”, playing every instrument, singing every single note and even producing the album himself. Born from such endurance and master craftsmanship comes the fourteen song “catchy as chlamydia” son-of-Brian-Wilson baby, “Electric Hero”. The sounds of summer have never felt so soothing nor have they entangled themselves within your amygdala to keep you feeling warm all winter long. Turn off your television set. Put on your headphones. This is music for everyone!
Well, maybe not everyone. I don’t think there’d be too many Renaissance music aficionados who’d be racing off to have a listen to Caddy. Or followers of Lithuanian folk music, for that matter. And Chopin devotees may not warm to all those guitars. (Well, it is possible, I suppose, if unlikely.)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t especially keen on the phrase “catchy as chlamydia” in that blurb. I thought that if you were describing yourself as ‘catchy’ then you’d probably want to compare yourself to something that somebody would want to catch.
But enough of my (mild) concerns. Back to the song.
“Electric Hero” gives you a general vibe about the rest of the album. (I guess it would, considering it’s the title track.) Electric Hero is full of chugging eighth-notes and ultra-distorted guitars. Well, not the entire album, but a lot of it.
So, if you’re a fan of chugging eighth-notes and ultra-distorted guitars then there’s a rather large possibility that you’ll like Electric Hero. You can hear the whole thing over at Bandcamp – or, believe it or not, here. I’ve just discovered that I can put some code in this post so you can hear the album without leaving this blog at all.
Right. There we go. Hey, that was easy.
Ain’t technology grand?