If there’s one thing Freddy Madball is NOT, it’s one-dimensional. Most notably known as the front man for New York Hardcore stalwarts, Madball, a venture into the Hip Hop culture he grew up admiring has led him to take that admiration to the stage and on record. In 2009, Freddy released his debut solo Hip Hop record, Catholic Guilt which saw him gain praise and much credibility outside the comfortable confines of fronting a Hardcore band — a bridge not too many artists can gap well. July 14th at Gramercy Theatre NYC, Freddy Madball (featuring DJ Stress) will once again hit the stage in support of Jedi Mind Tricks and La Coka Nostra to prove once again, regardless of the musical medium, there isn’t a stage FMB can’t not destroy.
There’s no denying that Madball are true to keeping the Hardcore ethos and attitude alive year after year. From the band’s inception over 25 years ago, when frontman Freddy “Madball” Cricien was barely double digits to the current day, where Freddy now is raising a child of his own — Madball are highly responsible for keeping the flag of Hardcore flying high. An unwavering stance in making true to form New York Hardcore, Mass Appeal has debuted yet another new song from the band’s forthcoming self-released EP, Rebellion (The BNB Label) as well as an interview with the aforementioned front man, Freddy Madball.
As previously mentioned, Agnostic Front will be taking part in the upcoming CBGB Festivals with brother band, Madball on July 5th at Webster Hall in New York City. Rounding out the bill will be Murphy’s Law and Maximum Penalty.
Artist Series Guitars has a deal on yet another great guitar in honor of NYHC’s Godfather guitar player, Vinnie Stigma, currently going. This week only, every purchase of the AF/Stigma guitar will get a free EMG Select pick-up upgrade. So, if owning a Stigma custom isn’t enough, maybe getting a free pick-up installed will help convince you.
More details and specs on the Stigma custom can be found here.
The extremely limited and custom guitar built by Artist Series Guitars, for Madball, is now available. Be sure to check out the company roster, as they have custom guitars for Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Adolescents, Death By Stereo and many other great underground punk, hardcore and metal bands.
More specs and ordering information can be found here.
COLD AS LIFE – “A Detroit Story “ Narrated by Lars Fredricksen of Rancid, this feature length documentary will explore the decline of Detroit and the parallel reaction it created socially in the music scene of the city. How did the birthplace of Motown, a city once called the Paris of the new world, become the most dangerous destination in America?
With the parallel decline of Detroit we see the rise of shock rock, a blistering punk movement, the electrifying first wave of post punk / hardcore and finally the brutal and violent second wave of hardcore. Through this time line we discover a real life allegory, and begin to understand the actions, the struggles and general social response from a city of young casualties and the fallen victims there of. Uncovering the truth behind the myth and rumors we will finally bring to light the scariest, hardest, most tragic story in Rock n’ Roll.
This film will draw upon archival footage, recent interviews, and investigative – style reporting. Featuring interviews with – CTYC, Agnostic Front, Sick of it All, Madball, Hatebreed, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, S.B.L.C, Terror, Skarhead, Crown Of Thornz, H8 Inc, Bulldoze, Negative Approach, the Suicide Machines, Earthmover, the Almighty Lumberjacks of Death, Pitbull, Son of Sam/Hillside Stranglers, Heresy, xTYRANTx, and many more. Please help us spread the word, and support the completion of this story at:
New York Hardcore’s flag-flier’s, Madball, have released a hefty in-studio video on their YouTube channel. The video goes into depth on the recording process of the band’s newest effort, Rebellion EP. The EP will feature 4 brand new songs with 2 old songs (“Get Out” and “It’s My Life”) getting a fresh polishing and will be debuting on the new BNB operated label, The Black N Blue Label — which Madball frontman Freddy Cricien further discusses in the video.
Freddy “Madball” Cricien recently sat down with SiriusXM to discuss and promote the upcoming annual Black N Blue Bowl. The interview will be airing on the Liquid Metal channel at the following times;
Friday, May 4th at 10:00am ET
Saturday, May 5th at 1:00pm ET
Sunday, May 6th at 10:00pm ET
More interviews from bands playing the BNB Bowl are to follow, so stay tuned for details.
Also, as a reminder, presale tickets for the 2012 BNB Bowl have ended but there will be tickets available at the door day of the show. Those planning on attending and purchasing tickets at the door, the numbers are limited so it’s advised that you get to the venue and get in line early. First come, first serve.
Our good friends at Rocks Off have just announced one hell of a show following this year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl. Making their return to the US for the 1st time since 2005, Sham 69 will be gracing New York City on Wednesday, May 23rd at Warsaw (261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn) with support from none other than NYHC kingpins, Murphy’s Law and also legendary to the NYC underground scene, The Templars. For all you Sham 69 purists, this will be the original 1977 line-up with Pursey and Parsons — yet another reason to not miss this event.
Tickets will be available March 9th at 12 noon through Ticketweb.
More info can be found at the Rocks Off site here.
Portugese Hardcore band and BNB Management artists, Devil In Me have released their brand new video entitled, “The End”. The video features many BNB related family and friends and pays homage to their inspiration in helping change their part of the world.