Interview by Tarja Virmakari
MADBALL, for many of us, means NYHC (New York Hardcore) at its best and purest form! Since the late 80s’ these Guys carry with them the same rage and rebellion that they always have. The blood, the honor and the truth lives on through the band to this day, and MADBALL dares to embrace the responsibility of carrying on tradition – the rich NYHC tradition that is understood by few, and imitated by many. MADBALL is one of the few bands representing this thing called Hardcore with enough triumphs, tests and overall experience under its belt, to be qualified leaders. “Hardcore Lives”, the ninth album of these NYHC Icons MADBALL was released on June 27th, via Nuclear Blast. 17 killer songs, without compromises, talking strictly about the band’s every-day-life between family, touring and DMS crew. Infact, MADBALL‘s vital element is lyrics, each word is “up-in-your-face” and leaves the listener no choice but to listen to these Guys carefully and what they have to say.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Tarja Virmakari had a nice chat with MADBALL‘s charismatic vocalist, Freddy Cricien. He spoke widely about the band’s new album and the real “True School” behind it. Tarja and Freddy also talked about the NY hardcore scene and spirit today and that eventually, people grow up, but that doesn’t mean we should ever abandon the fundamentals of the movement, respecting the old ways, without forgetting that it’s a new day = True School! To hear more about this and more, please join the conversation below.
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Freddy Cricien has been a part of the New York hardcore scene for most of his life, having performed onstage with his brother/Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret by the time he was 7 years old. And not only did he go on to form Madball, but also recorded their highly revered debut Ball Of Destruction, all at the age of 12. Since then, Freddy and Madball have continued to go strong, most recently releasing their new EP Rebellion via his own label Black N Blue.
In other words, not many could better evoke the spirit of NYHC better than Freddy Cricien. That’s why we thought it would be interesting to see which five NYHC albums the Madball frontman would pick as his favorite. So without further ado, click on the page numbers below to see which albums Cricien picked (along with favorite tracks) and what he had to say about the releases’ significance to the NYHC scene. Click here to read more at Metalinsider.net
Arianna Ascione of Musica Metal conducted an interview with singer Freddy Cricien of New York hardcore legends MADBALL when the band played at Alcatraz Club, Milano, Italy on April 27, 2011 during the Loud And Proud Festival with DROPKICK MURPHYS, H2O, ANDEAD and DEVIL’S BRIGADE. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. Photos of the Milan concert can be found at this location. Source: Blabbermouth.net
To read our interview with Freddy Cricien, please go HERE!
New York hardcore legends Madball have parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg, the 20-year-old son of Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band).
Commented Madball frontman Freddy Cricien: “I’m letting Jay go (mid-tour) in Canada because I just feel he doesn’t represent this band well on a character level. It would go against my own code of ethics to keep him around. Not saying he’s a bad drummer. I won’t take that away from him. But the reality is — he has a lot to learn about paying dues, and about life in general. Granted, he is a kid, but I’m not sure that he’ll ever be built for this particular lifestyle. I wish him the best of luck, but the Madball machine rolls on!”
Madball will finish out the tour with a soon-to-be-announced replacement drummer. All future band plans, including their upcoming European tour with Sick Of It All, and most importantly, the release of the group’s new album, “Empire”, on October 12, remain unaffected and on schedule. The title track from “Empire” is now available for streaming on the Stereo Killer web site (http://www.stereokiller.com).