Punk Rock Foodie: Chuck from Mad Caddies talks food on tour

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LOS ANGELES, February 1, 2014 — Bands do not really make much money, if any, from record sales these days. As a result, bands must rely on a heavy touring schedule to support themselves. This means that you are spending the majority of your time away from home. Chuck Robertson and the Mad Caddies are about to embark on two years of touring in support of their new album, which is set to be released this spring. Punk Rock Foodie spoke with Chuck about the highs on lows of eating food on tour.

Kevin Wells: What is your favorite thing to eat on tour?

Chuck Robertson: A nice home cooked meal in Germany. They treat the bands differently in Europe. Even if you’re playing a crap hole dive, you’re still usually getting a home cooked meal cooked at the venue. My favorite thing would be a nice white protein, chicken or pork, baked with some fresh vegetables and a really good green salad.

KW: Which city has the best food?

CR: Best food for bands would have to be a place called Lindau, Germany. The staff there at the venue cooks, by far, the best meals we’ve had anywhere. You show up and they have a full breakfast spread for you, you know, hot breakfast. Then dinner comes and you’ve got like 15 choices.

KW: Do you have a restaurant in that you always go to when in a particular city?

CR: For sure, yeah, for sure. We’ve got our favorite kabob shop over in England, Little Baghdad, in Manchester. Amazing kabob. Kabobs can be kind of, eh, just junkie fast food you eat when you’re drunk late at night, but this one, the ingredients are amazing.

KW: What is your worst food experience on tour?

CR: Everyone thinks of France as having the best food. Well, they do have really great food, but usually you’ll find at festivals our rider is literally just baguettes. They’re like, “That’s dinner, right?” And we were like, “Not really.” [laughs]

KW: Is there anything else you would like people to know about you or anything you are working on?

CR: Just that Mad Caddies are super stoked to be back out there and putting out new music. We’re not gonna stop here. We’re already excited. We’re on a roll. We’ve got a good thing going on in our studio and we’re ready to start working on another record really soon and pull one out in a year or two.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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