Hope you drank plenty of coffee or energy drinks, because ready or not, Suicidal Tendencies and Madball are on the warpath and they’re bringing you into the battle. Saturday September 29th, The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan was the site of a sold-out show of intensity laden rock and roll.
Madball came out with a fury as they tore through their songs with authority. Out of New York City, New York, Madball has been crushing audiences since 1988. Lead singer Freddy Cricien was relentless as he whipped around on stage. Getting low end support from Hoya Roc on bass guitar and Mike Justian on drums. Madball plays the type of music that grabs you by the balls immediately and pulls you into the chaos. Don’t resist, just go with the flow and let the music take over your soul. Madball released their latest album this past June, titled ‘For The Cause’.
The crowd was enthusiastic about Suicidal Tendencies as they yelled out chants of ST, ST, ST. Then one by one each band member stepped out and the music starts to rumble as the crowd soars and then lead singer Mike Muir bursts out riffing into the lyrics to “You Can’t Bring Me Down”. Suicidal Tendencies is a band that’s been around since 1980 and meshes so many styles of rock and roll, from thrash metal, punk rock, funk and alternative it’s like they’ve thrown all these genres into a blender and created a cocktail of delicious intensity.
Joining Muir was Dean Pleasants on guitar, Ra Diaz on bass guitar, and Dave Lombardo on drums. These guys had the jams humming and Muir was a bundle of energy to the point where later in the show he ran his finger across his forehead, squeezing sweat from his bandana. But no doubt having as much if not more energy at the beginning of the show. The audience was hyped and moshing was in full effect. Plenty of crowd-pleasing songs like “Send Me Your Money”, “War Inside My Head”, “I Saw Your Mommy”, “How Will I Laugh” and of course the one that put them on the map, “Institutional” and the ever-famous lyrics, All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi.
With a new album just released recently titled, ‘Still Cyco Punk After All These Years’ is basically a re-recording of Muir’s solo album from 1996. But it’s nice to hear some songs that may have fallen to the wayside and now get resurrected with new life.
Madball and Suicidal Tendencies are two bands that all musicians need to take note of as far dedication and giving it your all from start to finish. Because the people came for a great show, and a great show was delivered by the bands and thus enjoyed by the fans.