MADBALL was founded in 1988 and featured AGNOSTIC FRONT’S vocalist Roger Miret on bass, Vinnie Stigma on guitar, Will Shepler on drums, and then 12-year-old vocalist Freddy Cricien, Roger Miret’s younger half-brother. MADBALL’s first few performances consisted of previously 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 ‘Droppin’ Many Suckers’ EP for Wreck-Age Records. One year later, Roger Miret left the band and was replaced by bass player Jorge ‘Hoya Roc’ Guerra, 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, Guerra, and new drummer John Lafata (former drummer in NEGLECT), the band recorded ‘Look My Way’, which was released in early 1998. ‘Hold It Down’ followed two years later. The band announced their dissolution in 2001 but decided to reform in late 2002 with a new line-up featuring Brian ‘Mitts’ Daniels and Rigg Ross. They 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’ 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, H2O and Boston/New York Hip-hop group SPECIAL TEAMZ 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 and Max Weinberg joined Madball for the album and for touring.
On March 10, 2014, it was announced the band had begun recording its eighth studio album, ‘Hardcore Lives’, which was released in June of that year. In October 2017, it was announced that Brian Daniels had exited MADBALL and they released their ninth studio album, ‘For the Cause’, on June 15, 2018. In January 2019, MADBALL announced that their touring guitarist, Mike Gurnari, would become an official member.
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