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Viva La Pola! @ Uljanik, Pula, 13.-14.7.2018
13. srpnja 2018 - 14. srpnja 2018130HRK
This year, famous Pula Festival of independent, alternative and urban music Viva La Pola! celebrates fifteen years of continuous maintenance.
“Viva La Pola!” has brought many exciting and awesome music moments to the Istrian people during these past fifteen years. Besides well-known regional bands such as Dubioza kolektiv, T.B.F., Ritam nereda, Six Pack, Kawasaki 3P, Disciplina kičme, KUD Idijoti, Brkovi, and so, on, the mentioned festival was granted by the presence of world famous acts like Biohazard, The Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Voivod, The 69 Eyes, Anti Nowhere League, Extreme Noise Terror and many, many others.
This year, “Viva La Pola!” is preparing something that will bring smiles on the faces of the local community. For the first time ever, legendary New York based hardcore band Madball will play in Pula! That’s right, Madball are coming to Pula, and they will perform on Saturday, 14th of July at club Uljanik!
Along with bands such as Agnostic Front, Vietnom, Bulldoze, Resistance, H2O and Boston/New York Hip-hop group Special Teamz (Slaine, Ed O.G., Jaysaun, DJ Jayceeoh), 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.
Madball was founded in 1988 and featured most of Agnostic Front’s members. Madball consisted of 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 EP, Droppin’ Many Suckers, 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 (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.
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, son of E Street Band and Max Weinberg 7 drummer Max Weinberg, joined Madball for the album and for touring.
Madball then dismissed Weinberg in September 2010, citing personality conflicts. Weinberg said that he had already quit the group by that time, due to lifestyle issues. Born From Pain drummer Igor Wouters replaced Weinberg for live performances.
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 “Mitts” Daniels had exited Madball.
Madball released their ninth studio album, For the Cause, on June 15, 2018.
Besides Pula, Madball will play at most of Europe’s greatest festivals (With Full Force, Hellfest, Download Festival, Wacken Open Air), and just before they arrive in Pula, they will be a part of Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.
This will be a unique event, not just for Croatia, but for Slovenia and Bosnia as well.
Madball are one of the wildest, most energetic bands when it comes to playing live, and their fans know it from the very beginnings.
Support act will be one of the best local hardcore names – u.pset from Zabok.
Tickes can be bought in Pula (Rock bar Mimoza, Caffe bar Bass and club Uljanik). Besided Pula, you can buy tickes in Rijeka’s Dallas Music Shop, and worlwide by Entrio system (www.entrio.hr).