Mad Fred & The Maniacs, Through The Roof

Mad Fred & the Maniacs is a 4-piece rockabilly outfit from the south area of the Netherlands. They started out in 1997 and with their greasy slapping bass, snearing lead lead guitar instros and authentic vocals, they can deliver you a night "back to the fifties". The band plays good sounding rockabilly music, based on classics such as Long Blond Hair - Go Go Go - Down The Line - Her Love Rubbed Off and many others, and they already put many national and international stage a blaze, they performed at the Cruise Inn and Maloe melo (Amsterdam), Caddy's Diner (Purmerend), Twister (Germany) and Tiki's (Belgium). With their show and special style the band is capable of capturing their audience time and time again. Members of the group originate from Kessenich (Belgium), Venlo and Roermond (Netherlands).

In May 2001 Mad Fred issued their first CD-EP titled "So Blue". The well known British rock 'n' roll magazine "Now Dig This" stated: "An impressive fourtracker, a romping rockabilly delight" and the Dutch mag "Boppin' Around" wrote: "A must for every rockabilly fan".

The band has recently recorded their first full CD on the Dutch Rarity label. An album packed with 24 rockabilly classics, revived in Mad Fred's own clean cut rockabilly style. Musically as well as technically, this CD sounds just fabulous. Too bad actually that this band doesn't (yet) write their own material, because I think that would have added that little extra to this otherwise perfect production.

Many well known fifties figureheads are passing the revue listening to this album. Roy Orbison (Domino), Gene Vincent (Bim Bam, Right Now), Johnny Powers (Rock Rock Rock), Johnny Burnette (Drinkin' Wine), a fabulously revved up version of the Johnny Cash original "Train Of Love", Sleepy LaBeef (All The Time), Alvis Wayne (Sleep Rock 'n' Roll), Gene Maltais (Raging Sea), Carl Perkins (Her Love Rubbed Off) and Charlie Feathers' ever great "Rain", which by the way was written by Charlie himself, and not (as listed in the liner notes) by "Bond". My favourite is Jimmy Grubbs "Let's Rock Tonight" with Eric Hofmans performing some awesome guitar licks. Play it loud! All in all, this platter is all rockabilly and is sure to liven up any rockin' party, go dig it !!


Mad Fred & The Maniacs are:
Eric Hofmans - Guitar
Deon Buck - Doghouse Bass
Peter Peeters - Vocals
Rob Luvius - Drums  (ex Billy Wiggle & The Wigglers)

Information and bookings:
Eric Hofmans

Mad Fred & The Maniacs:
Tel. +31-(0)-77-3528248
Tel. +31-(0)-47-5324925

Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2002