Madball releasing ‘Hardcore Lives’ (listen to “Doc Marten Stomp” +++ tour dates & upcoming related shows)
by Ian Chainey
photo by Randy Blythe
"They've been talking us down for so long, I almost started to believe them all."
Those are Madball singer Freddy Cricien's first unassisted words on new single "Doc Marten Stomp." He's not kidding about the "long" part. Freddy has fronted the NYHC DMS crew heavies since 1988. Back then, he was 12 and Madball was the fun Agnostic Front spinoff featuring bigger half-brother Roger Miret on bass. In 1989, Freddy yelped "hardcore lives" on debut EP Ball of Destruction. 25 years later, that ad-lib turned into the title for Madball's new album to be released by the band's own Black N Blue Label on June 27. (Preorder.) According to Freddy, it also continues to be a driving inspiration:
I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, Hardcore Lives, at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase,' it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... in life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart.
The key word is "family." Madball are all about inclusion if you're down to be included. Lyrics are purposefully anthemic and every-man. There are a lot of "brothers," "us," and assurance this is done for "you." The group take on nameless persecutors for you, providing a vicarious outlet to vent your real world obstacles. That's why "Doc Marten Stomp" is relatable. That's why it will mean something to a lot people. It's also why it's a killer summer song.
That's no typo. "Doc Marten Stomp" is set to score many future drives from now until September. Drummer Mike Justian putters with the lumbering rumble of a muscle car. Guitarist Mitts and bassist Hoya Roc temper punk riffs with NYHC's recognizable bounce. Cricien roars and croons with a throat full of grit. Using those elements as a foundation, the song builds towards a catchy crescendo. It's powerful pop as much as it Madball. It's earworm stuff, causing those within earshot to whisper-sing "for the black, for the blue" later on without noticing. It's not the Demonstrating My Style you might expect, but it's still a spirited call to arms; just one in a different key. You'll carry on heeding their order and you won't doubt it because, hey, you're one of them. That's the reason Madball will never die.
A stream of the new song premieres in this post and can be listened to, along with the "DNA" lyric video and Hardcore Lives details, below.
Madball also have a number of dates coming up this year, including This is Hardcore, Heavy Montreal, and opening slot at the Body Count record release show happening in NYC on June 12 at Gramercy Theatre, also with Wisdom In Chains opening. All upcoming Madball dates are listed below.
And though Madball didn't play this year, they (or at least Freddy) are among the producers of the Black N Blue Bowl which recently went down in Bushwick . Black N Blue's East Village Radio show ended the same week, they've already found a new home on Long Island.
Speaking of Wisdom In Chains, they also open for H2O (whose Toby Morse appears on Hardcore Lives) in NJ on July 29 at Asbury Lanes, along with Ensign, Krust and White Collar Crime. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon.
Meanwhile, White Collar Crime (the new band of Jake from Rocks Off, not to be confused with the other band of that name), make their NYC debut two days before the H2O show, opening the Subhumans / Casualties show at Le Poisson Rouge (7/27) which Rocks Off is presenting. Mischief Brew are on that bill too and tickets are still available.
Madball streams, with the list of tour dates and LP info, below...
Hardcore Lives tracklisting:
02. Hardcore Lives
03. The Balance
04. Doc Marten Stomp
06. True School (feat. Scott Vogel)
07. The Here And Now
08. Nothing To Me
09. My Armor (feat. Toby Morse)
10. Beacon Of Light
11. Born Strong (feat. Candace Puopolo)
13. Mi Palabra
15. For The Judged
16. The Beast
17. Spit On Your Grave 2014
Madball -- 2014 Tour Dates
June 6 - Ink-N-Iron Festival 2014 - Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
June 12 - Body Count and Madball - Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
July 4 - Hatebreed and Madball - Roitzschjora, Germany
July 7 - Vortex Surfer, Siegen, Germany
July 10 - Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
July 13 - Mighty Sounds Festival, Tabor, Czech Republic
July 14 - Kino Lumière, Göttingen, Germany
July 15 - Universum, Stuttgart, Germany
July 17 - Dour Festival 2014 - La Plaine de La Machine à Feu, Dour, Belgium
July 24 - This is Hardcore Fest 2014 - The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, US
July 25 - Riez Open Air, Bausendorf, Germany
July 26 - Umsonst & Draussen, Lindau, Germany
July 30 - Bogaloo, Pfarrkirchen, Germany
Aug 3 - Xtreme Fest, Albi, France
Aug 6 - Kfz + Subzero, Marburg, Germany
Aug 7 - Rock Im Betonwerk, Chemnitz, Germany
Aug 8 - Heavy Montreal 2014 - Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC, Canada
Aug 9 - Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
Aug 14 - The Queens Hall, Nuneaton, UK
Aug 16 - Summerbreeze Open Air, Dinkelsbuhl, Germany