Madball

Madball

BillyBio, Cutthroat, Authentic Sellout

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Soda Bar

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Madball
Madball
Maintaining urgency, authenticity and integrity has never been an issue for New York City’s hardest, and hardest working band, Madball. Twenty-five years along as a recording and touring entity, MB brings forth its ninth aural chapter, For the Cause; a signature collection of lionhearted, groove-laden, street-level New York Hardcore as only Madball can bring it.
The aptly titled album doesn’t so much revisit where the group has been since 1994 - although Madball released its first EP, Ball of Destruction as a virtual Agnostic Front side-project back in 1989 - but forges forward and represents where the fellas find themselves collectively and personally a quarter-decade down the road.

Throughout the band’s storied history, Madball has asserted its mission; carrying forth a simple yet righteous cause, and this time around, they’ve chosen to define that cause more succinctly than ever before. Tornadic vocalist/front man Freddy Cricien explains, “If you’re not fighting for a cause, you’re not participating in life. Simple as that. Speak up, fight, educate yourself, make a difference and make sacrifices for what’s important to you.” Words to live by.

For the Cause sees the return to the fold of guitarist Matt Henderson, who hasn’t appeared on a Madball album since 2000’s Hold it Down, for which Henderson also served as producer. “To have him record with us again was really special” offers Freddy. He adds, “Matt’s been playing ‘commemorative’ shows and tours with us on-and-off over the years, so, obviously, the love and friendship is there. He’ll always be an honorary member… A Madball lifer.”

Unique to this album is the stellar production work by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, who clearly helped express Madball’s distinctive voice powerfully and dynamically without stepping on the trademark formula the band has forever carried, yet constantly seeks to improve upon. “It’s a tricky thing, producing. You can truly enhance something, but you could also ruin a record if a band lets you” says Cricien. Freddy continues, “Tim has always respected our band and how we do what we do. He knew we had a vision for how this album should sound, so he let us do our thing, but was there every step supporting and cheering us on. Whenever he did chime in, it was well thought out and he made strong suggestions. He even helped write the hook on ‘For You.’ He was there for us in a non-meddlesome role, which for this particular record, was the best-case scenario.” Danish studio veteran Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Dark Tranquility, Sick of it All) skillfully handled mixing duties on For the Cause.
Also, noteworthy on For the Cause are the various cameo appearances by some of Madball’s friends, as well as several artists with whom the group shares a mutual respect; namely Psycho Realm’s Sick Jacken on the track “Rev Up,” The Business’ Steve Whale and producer Armstrong on “The Fog,” plus legendary emcee Ice-T on the hardcore banger “Evil Ways.” Freddy discloses, “Jacken is our homie. He just came through to say what’s up and check out the spot and I happened to be recording ‘Rev up.’ He was really digging the song and just freestyled. It really drove the message of the song home. As for Ice-T, he added a good flavor to ‘Evil Ways.’ It was a real honor to work with someone I’ve been following and have respected since I was a kid. He genuinely supports our band and the scene we come from. Tim and Steve jumping on The Fog’ happened organically like everything else with this record.” The UK Oi! legend provided the spoken intro and a guitar lead to the street punk tinged anthem.

What’s maybe most notable on For the Cause is its various twists and turns both musically and vocally to keep Madball’s brand of NYHC fresher than it has ever been. Freddy presents, “How do you grow as a band or as a person if you don’t take chances? We feel obligated to ourselves and everyone else to evolve, at least somewhat. We took more ‘chances’ on this record than on any previous one, and we’re happy about that! We’re proud that it’s still very much us; it’s real and honest. There is plenty on there to satisfy the people that support us from every era of this band.”
As for Madball’s astounding longevity in the hardcore game: “We don’t know how to do anything else at this point. We raise our families to the best of our ability; we do Madball to the best of our ability… So far so good, and we don’t feel that we’ve reached our full potential in either of those areas just yet.”
BillyBio
BillyBio
Billy Graziadei-BillyBio, Powerflo, Biohazard, Firewater Sound Studios

Music has always been the central, unifying force in Billy Graziadei’s life. Early musical training took place on the Graziadei family’s old, forever out-of-tune upright piano. Billy’s desire to explore all forms and variations of music did not balance well with the authoritative doctrine employed by most of his music teachers. Rebelling from this rigid view of music, Billy began studying music under the guidance of his Grandfather and Uncle, both of whom he had always admired.

Billy continued to study piano and expand his musical vocabulary while growing up, finding inspiration in so many forms of music but it wasn’t until he stumbled into the underground world of punk-rock music that his musical taste was really sparked into growth.

Immersing himself in the sounds, perspective, and culture of the punk underground, Billy’s desire to create new, innovative music led him to the late 80’s hardcore scene in New York City. Sunday matinee hardcore shows at CBGB’s…Friday night metal shows at Brooklyn’s Lamour rock club. It was here that Billy found his musical home and it was here that Billy helped form a band that would take the metal/hard-core scene by storm….it was the birth of BIOHAZARD.

BIOHAZARD combined the urban sounds of hard-core, metal and rap with scorching lyrics describing the forces at work in our modern urban lives. With an impressive career spanning over 20 years with 10 albums (on both indie and major labels), the band sold over 5 million records. With an audio engineering degree and years of experience recording Biohazard, Graziadei opened what would eventually become Firewater Studios. This studio became an incubator for Billy’s creativity, where he continues to cultivate his talent while producing up and coming bands.

After years of touring, collecting experiences and stories to fill a lifetime, Graziadei ventured off to start a new group known as SUICIDE CITY.

Suicide City was born in the cold winter of 2005. Graziadei brought together Jennifer Arroyo (ex-Kittie) on bass, singer Karl Bernholtz and guitarist Aj Marchetta from South Florida’s The Groovenicks along with Long Island’s skin basher Danny Lamagna. Drawing from his early Biohazard experiences, the “old” school musician applied his DIY work ethic that propelled his first band forward in the early days. Without the help of a label, distribution or management, Suicide City released their ep entitled, “Not my year” and sold over 8000 copies to date. With constant touring with bands such as Danzig, Mindless Self Indulgence, Taking Back Sunday, Gwar, The Horrorpops and Otep to name a few, the musicians have been paid their dues earned fans the real way, by kicking ass on stage! Suicide City went onto release their second studio effort on The End Records in 2005. The band began touring less and less and eventually split up thereby freeing up Graziadei for a Biohazard reunion with the original members in 2008.

In early 2009 Boston hardcore band Blood for Blood approached Billy about joining the band in replacement for their second vocalist and guitarist. As a fan of the band and having watched the band come up since their inception, Graziadei joined the band and a world tour was announced. Spending most of the next several years touring with both bands, Billy found himself inundated with creative energy and would spent endless time in the studio working on new music, ideas and material. The Biohazard reunion eventually found the band back in the studio to work on an album that would eventually be entitled, “Reborn in Defiance”. Soon after it’s release and after some internal drama within Blood for Blood, Graziadei left the band to dedicate his full attention to Biohazard.

After the departure of Evan Seinfeld from Biohazard, Graziadei put even more energy into rebuilding the band and with the addition of Scott Roberts on bass and 2ndvocal duty, the band was accepted worldwide!

In 2016 Billy partnered up with long time friend Senen “Sendog” Reyes from the legendary band Cypress Hill. Sen and Billy joined forces with Downset guitarist Roy Lozano, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde-Wolbers and Brazilian drummer Fernando Schaefer. The group released their debut self titled album Powerflo in June 2017. Graziadei continues to work on new Powerflo as they tour the world supporting their new venture.

With the success of Powerflo and Sendog releasing a new Cypress Hill record, Graziadei found it a perfect time to release his first solo cd under BillyBio. With an incredibly successful tour supporting Life of Agony, Graziadei landed a deal with AFM records with a planned release of “Feed the Fire” due out Nov. 30th, 2018.
Cutthroat
Inspired by the streets and surrounded by political, and religious chaos, CutthroatLA uses music as a platform to express the truths that the media hides.

Using a mixture of hardcore, beatdown, 90s hip-hop and thrash as a canvas to express their feelings about this crazy world we live in, CutthroatLA is a band of brothers coming from different musical backgrounds to form a bond that can’t be broken.

The band consists of the “Vinny Paul and Dimebag” of the hardcore world, Art Banura on drums, and Dan Banura on guitars. Jesse Gomez plays a ferocious bass while Neil Roemer delivers the message.

With all members having a lengthy history in other bands touring the world for years, CutthroatLA was assembled after getting together to jam and everything clicked.
Authentic Sellout
Authentic Sellout
Authentic $ellout was formed in late November 2006 by Sulo King and Andy Danger. The original lineup included Marky Unknown on drums and Jeff Spicoli on guitar. The band was meant to be a novelty Punk band that was put together just for one show. The response from the show was very positive, so the guys decided to keep the band going as a side project and play shows every once in a while. The shows got better and better and in December 2007, seeing that the band was going to go full time, Jeff Spicoli left to focus on his own band, Dante's Boneyard. In January 2008, Dingo joined the band as a full time guitar player, and Authentic $ellout finally became a full time band. At the end of 2008 Dingo left the band and Timmy Two Times took over as the band's guitar player until his departure from the band in mid 2009 and was replaced by Jeremy "the Germ".

Authentic $ellout is a high energy Punk Rock band that blends old school 70's UK based Punk Rock with 80's West Coast and a blend of old and modern Rock to form what they call "Mock Rock". Their mission is to make fun of what the music industry and Rock n Roll has become. More music less production. That is the Authentic Sellout way.

Their music is something every kid and even adults can relate to, with strong messages about the realities of everyday life like songs like "Working Class Stiff". This song highlights the stress of a typical 9-5 job and is an anthem for the working man. "No End" is a song protesting against war, greed, the system, and the corruption of corporations and our nation's government. "Pretty Pretty Girl" is a funny but realistic view of the male ego when it comes to dating women. Their live show is full of raw emotion and high energy. If you haven't had a chance to see them, then definitely check out one of their shows. Authentic $ellout is going to prove to you that punk is definitely not dead. You're either sold out or a sellout.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/