Star Spangled Spotlight: Caddywhompus


We want to talk to you about Caddywhompus.

Flashback to summer, 20 aught 13, a Thursday night in a sweaty basement in Albany. A small crowd is gathered, canned beers clutched tightly. Two skinny, unassuming dudes from New Orleans set up a strange tower of small amps and a drum set facing the wrong direction. A couple thuds of a kick drum, a couple twists of a couple knobs, and all of a sudden the entirety of Pine Hills is flooded with waves of sound that are somehow abrasive and beautiful at the same time, like a symphony played exclusively on broken fuzz pedals. Look around the room and everyone’s transfixed. Jaws actually hang open. No one’s totally sure what they’re witnessing, but they know it’s awesome. That’s Caddywhompus, and that’s what they do.

Maybe their official bio by Derek Zimmer sums it up best: “The colloquialism “caddywhompus” is defined by such adjectives as “uneven,” “crooked” and “out of whack”—a list which could, in some instances, allude to the mind-bending sounds of the experimental noise-pop band who bears said name but whom can otherwise be described thus: spot on. Quasi-fraternal twins Sean Hart (drums) and Chris Rehm (guitar/vocals) have been playing music together since their middle school days, establishing their most serious project to date in September of 2008. Since then, they have played over 150 shows, the majority of them outside their native waters. With a daunting assortment of amplifiers and effects-pedal tweakery, the duo executes its incredibly loud and at times nearly overwhelming sets with an impeccable musicianship and live presence. Song structures alternate between sweet psychedelic indie ballads to the most intense, ear-splitting of noise-driven crescendos. Showcasing such raw emotion everywhere from cramped basements to the swankest of clubs, delivering sonic rapture to both veteran punks and seasoned hipsters alike.

Caddywhompus has shared the stage with such acts as Zach Hill, The Antlers, Japanther, Cursive, Givers, Tera Melos, and a long list of other local and national performers. They have two EPs and an LP worth of material under their belts, as well as a new EP, all of which—true to their D.I.Y. roots—were composed and recorded themselves, and can be downloaded for free at Their new EP [The Weight], released on New Orleans-based labels Chinquapin Records & Community Records, has proven itself a more focused and cohesive representation of their unique sound, and these young men have completed two full months of touring in support of it. Shit’s dope.”

Catch Caddywhompus destroying everything in sight at 9:45pm on the Pauly’s Hotel stage at the Star Spangled Bonanza!

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