The Mad Caddies are known for playing a mash-up of ska, punk and reggae, mixed with hints of cow punk, soul, sea shanties and Dixieland jazz.
Fans have latched on to different songs at different times over the band’s 20-year career. It can be hard to keep them all happy, says guitarist Sascha Lazor, in advance of the band’s show Saturday, Jan. 31, at Fulton 55. The members use online surveys and pay close attention while on stage to figure out which songs get the best audience response.
“We definitely try to play what people want to hear,” Lazor says.
Luckily, that includes four songs from the band’s latest “Dirty Rice,” which was released in May on Fat Wreck Chords.
“It’s fun to play new stuff. Every band loves to play the new material,” Lazor says.
The album is less aggressive than the band’s earlier work and many of the songs have a strong Dixieland vibe that the band has always hinted at, but never fully cultivated.
“Dirty Rice” was the band’s first recording in seven years and comes at a time when the band’s dynamic has changed with the addition of new musicians who contribute to the writing process. That brought a new sense of inspiration that carried over even after the recordings were done, Lazor says.
“When we finished our last record, we had just gotten on a roll of writing songs,” he says.
The band spent the winter making demos of new material and have two projects in the works: a Mad Caddies record and a project piece.
Lazor is secretive with the specifics, but he says it will be different from what the band is known for.
“It won’t be another seven years until our next record,” he says.