Songs for the Revolution
Sic & Mad offers a unique and volatile molotov cocktail of garage rock, art-punk, NY hardcore, hip-hop (a la Beastie Boys), reggae, avant-garde psychedelia and ska. The intense rhythm section of the Slackers (Victor Ruggiero - guitar; Marcus Geard - bass and Ara Babajian - drums (also of Leftover Crack) provide the perfect and varied underpinning for frontman Happy's honest and intimate vocal style. His political, socially-conscious lyrics are delivered with a wry sense of humor and driven by the trio's tough drumming, versatile, expressive bass and eclectic guitar stylings. Following hot on the heels of their out-of-print first offering, '23 Blues - The Destruction of Utopia Pt. 2.' the core members rallied friends from various circles past & present including David Hillyard of The Slackers, King Django (from Stubborn All-Stars & Skinnerbox fame), Papa B (Japanese Reggae Dancehall legend from Mighty Crown family fame), DJ Mush1 (current frontman of The Scorchers, former trumpeter of The Slackers) and various other close and dear friends. Sic & Mad was started by the mysteriously charming and disarming Happy (aka Michael Weininger) and Victor Ruggiero in 1986 as freshmen in high school. Their chief aim at the time was to impress the only punk girl- pretty and newly-transferred- in their suburban town in Westchester, NY. Inspired by the underground punk, ska, reggae, rap, and hardcore of that period, Sic & MAD would eventually spawn NYC ska heavyweights The Slackers, which Vic Ruggiero currently heads. Through the years, Sic & Mad has shared stages with inspirational underground forces such as The Slackers, Agent 99, Skinnerbox, Stubborn All-Stars, Leftover Crack, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Inspecter Seven, The Casualties and many, many more. Members of the band have also recorded and toured with influential alternative and mainstream acts such as Rancid, Murphy's Law, Pink, Leftover Crack, Agent Orange, The Toasters and The Transplants. The band cites a wide variety of musical influences including but not limited to Dead Kennedys, Run DMC, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Murphy's Law, Beastie Boys, Sick of it All, LKJ, BDP, Mutabaruka, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Madness and The Specials.