Words & Photos by Kyle Bergfors
The last time New York hardcore legends, Madball, played a hardcore friendly venue in Chicago was back during the Fireside Bowl days, in other words many years ago. This past Sunday, Chicago was fortunate enough to host the kings themselves at the Cobra Lounge, a small room with no barricade and security that understand the culture. Opening up the show were locals MH Chaos, Lurk, and Mal Intent delivering a unique mixture of hardcore from heavy hitting, fast paced hardcore coming from the MH Chaos camp to up-beat, more punk style of Lurk, and the grindy, hard hitting Mal Intent. It wasn’t until Madball started their set that you began to witness Chicago hardcore in full force. From the first song to their last, Madball delivered a performance that showcases a true hardcore show consisting of non-stop stage dives, pile ups on the mic, and more. A mixture of old fans and new, Madball’s nearly sold out show at the Cobra Lounge further displays Chicago hardcore and punk’s growth as a music scene encouraging new faces to come to shows and bringing new acts or old bands that have not played the area in years in order deliver memorable shows to fans.