During Agnostic Front's mid-1990s hiatus, AF singer Roger Miret left the heavy lifting of his chant heavy version of New York Hardcore to his little brother, Freddy Cricien, and Freddy's band Madball. Freddy took the job seriously, stepping up the roadwork, and on many an occasion visited his Cuban extended family in Miami.
There's nothing quite like a Madball gig in the magic city. Instead of the regular mouth breathing hardcore male groupies who stand on the stage, nodding like bobble head dolls - the stage is packed with abuelos y abuelas, tias y tios, y primos y primas. When there are four generations of Cricien's family onstage - it can be a recipe for chaos, considering Madball's penchant for driving the crowd nuts.
Tonight should be doubly fun considering it's the vagabond's first foray into hardcore. Generally speaking narrow, foot-tall stages in dance music venues are not very conducive to the DMS crew stage diving on top of fresh cut skinheads picking up change. But as most of Madball's fans are too old to start much trouble, it'll probably be a mellow night of primal scream therapy. Imagine "Que Pasa USA?" with a moshpit and you're already there in spirit. Just be sure to get there early, as slam dancing will be replaced by breakdancing around 11PM.