|Origin||New York City, USA|
|Genre(s)||NYHC, Hardcore punk, Crossover thrash|
|Label(s)||Good Fight Music, Ferret Music, Roadrunner, Epitaph, I Scream, Thorp, Nuclear Blast|
|Associated Acts||Agnostic Front, Sheer Terror, Hazen Street, The E Street Band, Against Me!, Backfire!|
Madball is a New York-based hardcore band that originated in the late 1980s, as a side-project of Agnostic Front (where Agnostic Front's front man Roger Miret would let his younger brother, Freddy "Madball" Cricien take the microphone on lead vocals during Agnostic Front shows).
Madball was founded in 1988 and featured most of Agnostic Front's members. Madball consisted of Agnostic Front's vocalist Roger Miret on bass, Vinnie Stigma on guitar, Will Shepler on drums, and vocalist Freddy Cricien, Roger Miret's younger brother. Madball's first few gigs consisted of unused Agnostic Front songs. Madball's first release was the Ball of Destruction EP in 1989. After years of playing regional shows in and around the New York area, a second guitarist, Matt Henderson, would join the band. By then, they recorded and released the EP Droppin' Many Suckers for Wreckage Records. One year later Roger Miret left the band, and was replaced by bass player Hoya Roc — a good friend of Freddy Cricien — who was looking for a new band as his band, Dmize, was breaking up. The new incarnation of the band was signed by Roadrunner Records in 1994 and released a pair of full-lengths; Set It Off in 1994 and Demonstrating My Style in 1996. Touring steadily, the band built a sizable fan base outside their hometown.
1995 saw the band participating in the N.Y.H.C. Documentary. Extensive interviews were conducted with Freddy as well as a performance on July 29, 1995 at the now-defunct "Coney Island High". Freddy's brother, Roger, broke several vertebrae in his back at that show, requiring him to be in traction for the better part of a year.
Consisting of Cricien, Henderson, Hoya, and new drummer John Lafata, the band recorded Look My Way, which was released in early 1998. Hold It Down followed two years later. The band briefly broke up from early 2001 until late 2002. The line-up of Freddy Cricien, Hoya Roc, Mitts (ex-Skarhead), and Rigg Ross (ex-Hatebreed) began touring and recording at the end of 2002. Since then, Madball has come out with: Best of Madball in 2003, N.Y.H.C. EP (EP) in 2004, Legacy in 2005, and Infiltrate The System in 2007. In 2009, Rigg Ross left to join Skarhead and was replaced by Ben Dussault.
Along with bands such as Agnostic Front, Vietnom, Bulldoze, Resistance and H2O, they comprise a part of New York's DMS Crew. Vocalist Cricien and bass player Hoya are also in the band Hazen Street, along with members of H2O and Cro-Mags.
In 2010, after the departure of the Ferret Records owners from the label, Madball followed them to their new and present label Good Fight Music. In February 2010 Madball signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for the European release of their new studio album, Empire, produced by Erik Rutan. Jay Weinberg, son of E Street Band and Max Weinberg 7 drummer Max Weinberg, joined Madball for the album and for touring.
Madball then dismissed Weinberg in September 2010, citing personality conflicts. Weinberg said that he had already quit the group by that time, due to lifestyle issues. They are currently touring with Born From Pain's drummer Igor Wouters.
- Current members
- Freddy Cricien - vocals (since 1988)
- Hoya Roc - bass (since 1993)
- Mitts - guitar (since 2002)
- Igor Wouters - drums (since 2010)
- Former members
- Mackie Jayson - drums (ex-Cro-Mags, ex-Bad Brains)
- Rigg Ross - drums (Skarhead)
- Vinnie Stigma - guitar (Agnostic Front)
- Roger Miret – bass (Agnostic Front)
- Travis Downey - Guitar (No Warning, Hatebreed, GWAR, Bulldoze)
- Matt Henderson - guitar (Blind Approach, Agnostic Front)
- Will Shepler - drums (Agnostic Front)
- John Lafata - drums (Mind Over Matter, Neglect, Sheer Terror, currently in Deathcycle)
- Walter Ryan - drums (Possessed), Powerhouse
- Ben Dussault - drums (ex-Throwdown)
- Jay Weinberg - drums
- Studio albums and EPs
- 1989: Ball of Destruction 7" EP (reissued with 14 extra tracks in 1996)
- 1992: Droppin' Many Suckers
- 1994: Set It Off
- 1996: Demonstrating My Style
- 1998: Look My Way
- 2000: Hold It Down
- 2004: N.Y.H.C. EP
- 2005: Legacy
- 2007: Infiltrate the System
- 2010: Empire
- Compilations and soundtracks contributions
- 1996: N.Y.H.C. Documentary Soundtrack
- 2000: Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi: Vol. 1 - ´Violence In Our Minds´ [The Last Resort Cover]
- 2003: Best of Madball - Compilation of greatest hits