Madball has been a seminal N.Y.H.C. band for years since their original inception in 1988 and thanks to ties within the Agnostic Front family and continual activity they have held the banner high for the Hardcore music scene. Over the years I think I have seen the sum total of Hardcore shows that one could easily count on two hands but that does not mean I don’t like some of the stuff. I just don’t always have the chance to offer up coverage as I am not the best study of the scene nor always free to do so. Tonight’s show was a Black ‘N Blue Productions presentation and they are generally behind events of this kind. The gig was going to feature Maximum Penalty as direct support and also give the fans sets by The Last Stand, Suburban Scum and Dead End Path. I got there early enough to see everyone since I wanted to indulge myself in the whole scene properly. Click the logo below to be taken to the full concert report and photos on the PiercingMetal.com website and then keep scrolling down in this post to enjoy additional images and views that are only presented here in the blog.
Here we have a visual of the venue marquee. As you know I love capturing this posterity. With this being the first full on Hardcore show I have covered for PiercingMetal.com it was all the more important to secure. You’re welcome.
A few years ago someone asked me if I ever took photos of the fans and I had to admit that I seldom did because while important to the show and the band, there was never really a place for me to properly showcase them. With the existence of the blog we now had such a place and we generally try and toss in a few shots of the people we meet at the front barricade. Here goes this particular shows example. I was happy to snare this young lady because she was a whirlwind of circle pit madness and I give her an A+ for her concert enthusiasm. The dude to her left was just another cool dude spoken to who managed to be in the shot as well.
Next up a bunch from the Madball set. The dudes you see in this shot I always run into and I am proud to consider them keepers of the PiercingMetal Faith. They told me they came to this show after seeing Morbid Saint at Europa. Two shows in one night. See. It can be done.
Let’s not forget some of the kick ass ladies who were present and tonight there were a lot of them.
Now let’s talk about merch because tonight there was a lot of it and every band had something for the fans to pick up and indulge themselves with in their own homes. There were hoodies and t-shirts, CD’s and vinyl. First up here is the stuff that The Last Stand had available.
Pretty cool that the band had a number of different colors available. Vinyl is really making a comeback it would seem. Perhaps its time to dig all my old stuff out of my Parents basement. I just need a turntable first – Here’s the bands lead singer Mike Scondotto with the aforementioned LP.
Now for some of the cool stuff over at the Maximum Penalty side of the table. Check out the shirts and hoodies. All this stuff had great prices as well and with the ticket price so cheap the fans were downstairs buying stuff some everyone tonight. Take a lesson from that bands who are charging over $35 bucks for a ticket.
Here are a couple of shots of the Madball table.
I managed to snare a quick video of Maximum Penalty performing the title track “Life & Times” from their new album from the sidelines at the show. I apologize for minimal light but that was the setting I was dealing with. The audio is quite clear so I hope you enjoy it enough to check the album out for yourself.
This was truly an interesting night from beginning to end and I was happy to be a part of it. Closing up, get a gander at the awesome show posted for this event. Makes you mad about missing it I bet doesn’t it?