FREDDY MADBALL ANNOUNCES SOLO ALBUM “CATHOLIC GUILT” NOVEMBER 4TH APPEARANCES FROM RANCID, VINNIE PAZ, TRAVIS MCCOY (GYM CLASS HEROES) REEF THE LOST CAUZE AND SLAINE (LA COKA NOSTRA)
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Freddy Cricien known forever as Freddy Madball for his role as vocalist for the legendary hardcore group Madball is announcing the release of a solo album on November 4th. The album titled Catholic Guilt will contain Freddy’s tough as nails vocals but with different muscles flexed. “I’m doing everything on this album, singing, rhyming and yelling, rhyming being the focal point.” says Freddy. While Madball have always had an urban beat to their sound, Catholic Guilt has all out boom bap beats and rock breaks. DJ Stress The White Boy provides the bulk of the production (has produced/remixed for Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Tyga, Reef The Lost Cauze and more) and LD(LDEEZLE productions, Pitchfork Hardwear). Speaking on his meeting with Stress which was the catalyst for this album coming together Freddy says “A friend of mine knew I was working on my hip hop stuff, he mentioned his friend Stress was a talented producer etc. He also grew up in the HC scene, he knew my backround in that world, but was big into hip hop culture. Sort of just made sense for us to meet and talk. We did and the rest is history. The only other producer on this is my man LD we’ve been friends for a long time. We were actually going to do a record some years back, but that took a back seat when I was side tracked by Hazen St.
Appearances on this album came from friends and allies including Rancid who appear on the re-imagining of “London Calling”, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks on the track “Dark Of The Night,” Slaine (La Coka Nostra, Special Teamz), Jaysaun (Special Teamz) and KO who appear on the track “Gunshots,” Reef The Lost Cauze on “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me” and Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes on “The New Black.” Speaking on the theme of the album Freddy commented “Catholic Guilt is the title and it is a significant part of the themes of the songs. I grew up being a not so great example for Christians. But then again, who is right? There’s a lot of hypocrisy with organized religion in general, in this record, I question a lot of things about it, I question it’s very existence,faith,etc. I question my place in all of it as well. The other part is that constant struggle within me/people, between good and bad, heaven and hell. A lot of the songs show different sides of me, through real experiences… Good ones and bad ones. The struggle continues.
The album will be released November 4th on Freddy’s own Familia Entertainment.