Top 5 Must-See Concerts in Phoenix This Week
Madball - Tuesday, February 25 - Pub Rock
Hardcore punk is one of those easily dismissed, oft-overlooked genres. Too frequently, people regard it as solely for teens -- or irrelevant after the late '80s. The reality is that good hardcore music does have a place in the music world, and bands like Madball are at the forefront of that discussion.
The band was started in 1988 by 12-year-old Freddy Cricien, the younger brother of Roger Miret, lead singer of famed New York hardcore band Agnostic Front. In those days, Madball comprised mostly Agnostic Front members, with Cricien taking lead vocals.
Having been exposed to the hardcore music scene at a young age because of his brother's affiliations, Cricien started playing at only 7 years old and had the opportunity to experience a growing, changing scene at its height, while most others his age wound up viewing only in retrospect.
Bands like Madball and Agnostic Front are unique for incorporating elements of thrash metal and Oi! into their sound -- something that wasn't done in hardcore's early days. In the '80s, metal and punk crowds rarely connected socially, or in public. But as it turns out, plenty of members of one subculture enjoyed the music of the other. This crossover was cemented with these bands, as well as Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault, Suicidal Tendencies, and others. -- Sarah Ventre