Madcaps

Madcaps

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandRock

With accomplishments including 10 Canadian tours and more than 500 shows, a European jaunt, revered videos for tracks “No Way Out” and “What Goes On” alongside prominent performances on live television in their 12-year history, The Madcaps understand how success is a direct result of hard work put to solid use.

Biography


The Madcaps

In music, juice isn't just a result. It's an equation. Juice is the culmination of creative influences, outside and internal forces colliding with energy, inspiration and drive to create something dynamic, unique and undeniably powerful.

The uplifting impact of Juice is what Montreal-based quartet The Madcaps are poised to unleash on you.

“There are enough depressing things in this world. We don’t want to contribute to it,” declares Madcaps vocalist/guitarist/founder Frédéric Pellerin about the quartet's fourth full-length released via their own Voxtone Records and distributed through a special arrangement with Universal Music. “Our songs talk about existential dilemmas. Sometime on a serious note, sometimes with humour because we want to send positive energy through our music.”

With accomplishments including 10 Canadian tours and more than 500 shows, a European jaunt, revered videos for tracks “No Way Out” and “What Goes On” alongside prominent performances on live television in their 12-year history, The Madcaps understand how success is a direct result of hard work put to solid use.

Initially formed as a power trio circa 2000, Pellerin may be The Madcaps' sole original member but having solidified a vision with like-minded musicians in saxophonist René De Montigny, bassist Marie-Anne Arsenault and drummer Jonathan Gagné as of 2007, The Madcaps have plenty of aqua vitae, experience and passion to back up the delivery of their self-proclaimed funk/soul-rock extravaganza.

“Our influences were the likes of James Brown mixing with Hendrix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers when we first started but we're in constant evolution,” reflects Pellerin about the band's sonic origins. “Still, we always mix rock with soul and funk, wanting to do something different. There are too many bands based on binary rhythms so we never follow trends but are still influenced by the music of the times. We never make compromises. If we want to do a seven-minute song with many changes we do it. If we want to do a three-minute catchy rock song, we do it.”

Such self-aware and dedicated sentiments have resulted in Juice, easily the band's most powerful and gripping effort to date. Writing with the inimitable Simon Wilcox for select tunes and having the final product recorded by Alex Fallu (Pawa Up First), mixed by the legendary Glen Robinson (Grimskunk, Tea Party, Voivod, Headstones) and mastered by Brian Gardner (Eminem, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers) ensures Juice not only features some of the band's most original work but boasts the abilities of modern music's most capable hands to realize its might on tape.

“The songs were inspired by jams we recorded about a year and a half ago,” states Pellerin about Juice's creative chi. “We listened back a year later and realized the songs were so great, we needed to finish them. We took more time and a finite approach on this album, finding the right sounds, experimenting and working hard on the mix and the textures.”

Spirited and vital, energized and voluminous, The Madcaps have achieved in realizing the full merit of those rudimentary jam sessions. Encouraging their awesome might, live performances are accented with brass instruments, ensuring the band's funk-fuelled rock never disappoints; further revels in that aural ambrosia known simply as Juice.
“The funk element propelled by edgy guitars and melodic baritone vocals isn't usually mixed with funk-rock,” beams Pellerin, referencing The Madcaps' onstage assault. “It fosters a deeper rhythmic experimentation that you can hear on Juice...and when we have the saxophone and other brass, it ensures you're going to get it

Lyrics

Winner Or Loser

Written By: Music : Madcaps, Benjamin Bergeron & Francis Blanchet / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Benjamin Bergeron

You have something like a free ride
Comfort is your state of mind
But there’s a certain something inside
That doesn’t like to be denied

Broken toys of childhood daydreams
How could you ever know what they mean
They hide so deep, don’t like to be seen
It just makes you wanna scream

Does it ever really matter
If you’re a winner or a loser
Poor starve, the rich get fatter
Are you a winner or a loser

You never really had to suffer
Or thought of stealing for your supper
But hunger it just makes you tougher
When desperation is your master

You live a life of ease and shelter
It really doesn’t get much better
With pockets full and hands so tender
You’ll never have to helter-skelter

Does it ever really matter
If you’re a winner or a loser
Does money make or break you faster
Are you a winner or a loser

Society’s ironies dividing the masses
Circumstance or happenstance, different classes
Status quo, endless woe, stereotyping
Those who rule, wicked fools what are we fighting

Surrender

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

Black smoke billows around me
Cries of the wounded surround me

I surrender, I surrender

Sirens echo their wailing
Bombs fall like it was raining

I surrender, I surrender

There’s gonna be a riot
Cause it’s much too quiet

You’ve come to rule and to conquer
Is it my soul that you’re after

I surrender, I surrender

There’s gonna be a riot
Cause it’s much too quiet

Hear my Prayer

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

Feel like I’ve been hit by a Mac truck
Everything around me’s so messed up
Dark clouds are hanging over my head
Call it luck if I don’t wind up dead

Anyway I look at it I’m losin’
Please help me lord
Won’t you hear my prayer

Hear my prayer

Clock is ticking, can’t stand the pressure
Hope and faith are slipping through my fingers
Am I paying for sins of a past life
Walkin’ on the edge of a sharp knife

Cross is getting heavy on my shoulders
Please help me lord
Won’t you hear my prayer

Hear my prayer

Seems like I’m born to lose
Feel the tightening of the noose
Devil has me in his sights
Give me strength so I can fight

Hear my prayer

Won’t you hear my prayer
Won’t you hear my prayers

Shape I'm In

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

There was a time I didn’t care for tomorrow
Now every day brings a new kind of sorrow

A turn for the worse, every hour is tainted
Look at me now in this picture you’ve painted

You are the reason for the shape I’m in
A shadow of life lies underneath my skin
Where is the man who used to play to win
You are the reason for the shape I’m in

Your desperate heart has left me broken and faded
Your dark empty shell keeps me incarcerated

Sometimes I wonder who have I become
Your ties have kept me sullen and undone

New Messiah

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

If you’re looking for a new meaning
Something like a new beginning
I’m your answer you so need me

I’m a lover, I’m a fighter
Just believe me I’m no liar
I can be your new Messiah

If you’re feeling that I’m the chosen one
Well you’re not the only one
I can be your charming prince of peace
Through my faith you’ll be released

World is tickin’ like a time bomb
Fear is rampant, Armageddon
I am who you can depend on

There is nothing to protect you
No one here to resurrect you
Only I could vindicate you

If you’re feeling that I’m the chosen one
Well you’re not the only one
I can be your charming prince of peace
Through my faith you’ll be released

Everything around you is changing
Your world needs rearranging
Heart is heavy, your head is spinning
Looks like you need redeeming

If you’re looking for a new meaning
If you’re looking for a good feeling
I will be your New Messiah

Saviour

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

I’m your father
I’m your saviour
I’m the answer to all of your prayers

I’m your dealer
I’m your healer
I’m your best friend
I’m your painkiller

I’m the leader you will follow
I’m the sweet pill you will swallow
I’m not vicious or malicious
I’m everything you ever dreamed of

And I feel it
Yes I feel it
There’s no doubt in my mind
I won’t leave you behind

I’m the keeper of your secrets
Here to fix you when everything is broken
I will meet your expectations
There will be no deceptions

I won’t waste your time
I won’t leave you behind
I won’t stand in your way
I’ll always be there for you

I’ll be your reason and rhyme

And I feel it
Yes I feel it
There’s no doubt in my mind
I won’t leave you behind

Crying

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

I missed the bus again today
The driver smiled as it rolled away
He wouldn’t dig what he’d hear me say

Man, I just wanna shout
Nothin’ ever works out

I’m crying, I’m crying

I paid the bills that were due last year
I’m so broke my wallet’s in fear
Man, I could really use a beer

If I just had a buck
And a little bit of luck

I’m crying, I’m crying
I’m crying out in vain

Can’t find a job, ain’t got no friends
My girl wants a Mercedes Benz
If I could only just pretend

That it’s all just a joke
But it’s all up in smoke

I’m crying, I’m crying
I’m crying out in vain

Can't Slow Down

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

I ain’t no Superman
But I could make a stand
I take it as it comes
With no help from anyone
Don’t like to theorize
No time to compromise
I live to seize the day
Can’t waste my life away

Anyway I can’t slow down
Going faster than the speed of sound

I’m breaking through the mold
They say I’m much too bold
Well I can’t make them see
What honor means to me
Can’t wait for happenstance
I’d rather take my chance
Those who procrastinate
Will never make their fate

Anyway I can’t slow down
Going faster than the speed of sound

Anyway I can’t slow down
Going faster than the speed of sound
Anyway I can’t slow down
Feel so high, won’t come down

I’m breaking through the mold
They say I’m much too bold
I ain’t no Superman
But I could make a stand

Lay Down

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

LAY DOWN

Lay down, lay down, rest your head
Lay down, lay down, lay for dead
Fill your mind with wanton lies
Keep your conscience paralyzed

Poison numbs your weary brain
Feel it racing through your veins
Farewell troubles, goodbye fears
Leave this world of wasted tears

Still the storm rages on
All your dreams blown away
Deadly clouds shroud your sun
How can you find your way

Hush now baby don’t you cry

Wake up, wake up, clear your mind
Leave this nightmare far behind

Kiss the Lion

Written By: Music : Madcaps / Lyrics : Tom Sklavis & Frederic Pellerin

Kiss the lion, fear the lion
Could you tame the beast
Would you risk to shed your blood and
Not become his feast

Could you tell yourself that you have nothing to lose

Walk into his iron cage and
Look him in the eye
Be the master of your will ‘cause
You don’t want to die

There’s no point in living if you can’t be free
Shouldn’t be held back from what you want to be

Like the heroes in the stories
Seize the killer by the throat

Hear the sirens in the distance
Do they come for you
That depends on if you make it
What you gonna do

There’s no point in living if you can’t be free
Shouldn’t be held back from what you want to be

Like the heroes, in the stories
Seize the killer by the throat
What would you do for glory
Will you ever find your voice

I often feel I’m getting nowhere
I’m tired of always being afraid
Can I win or will I fail
Or will I just turn and bail
I don’t know how this will end
Can I make this brute my friend

Like the heroes in the stories
Who have never had a choice
What would you do for glory
Will you ever find your voice

Discography

Whole World - 2003
High - February 2006
Kiss The Lion - February 2008
Juice - March 2010
TBA - Spring 2012

Set List

STONE
GOTTA GET READY
JUST LIKE YOUR MOTHER MADE IT
MARATHON
CAUGHT N THE MIDDLE
NEW MESSIAH
SAVIOR
SHAPE I’M IN
WHOLE WORLD
TELL ME NOW
WHAT GOES ON
SHADOW
7-8
CAN’T SLOW DOWN
SURRENDER
NO WAY OUT
RHYME OR REASON
IN MY HEAD
WINNER OR LOSER
CRYING
HEAR MY PRAYER
HIGHER
KISS THE LION
BETTER WATCH OUT
LAY DOWN