There's a hilarious part in the DVD documentary that accompanies Madball
's latest album, Legacy
, that shows the band sitting at a roadside restaurant. Understandably out of place in milquetoast middle America, bass player Hoya Roc sneers under his breath at "all these white people." Madball is a New York hardcore band, and don't you forget it. This time around, however, Madball comes bearing a sense of how far the band has come from its humble beginnings, a hobby for frontman Freddie Cricien then age 12 who wanted to perform "throwaway Agnostic Front songs." Cricien has wised up a bit. The songs, he explains on the DVD, "aren't always about beating you down sometimes they're about how I'm not
going to beat you down." Whether or not that counts as progress, Cricien's somber demeanor and air of a man struggling for peace continue to bring a dimension of real life to Madball's music.