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Agnostic Front
I was granted the opportunity to conduct an e-mail interview with Roger Miret of the legendary Hardcore group, Agnostic Front. With their latest effort My Life My Way due out soon, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Check out what he had to say about the album, and more, below!


Agnostic Front has existed since the early eighties with the debut album released in 1984. It’s been about 27 years now since that album came out. How do you, as well as the group, feel about putting out music for that long, and becoming one of the more important and inspirational New York Hardcore acts?

Roger:
It’s a great feeling to know that till this day we can still keep the legacy alive after all these years. We are still putting out solid records and touring just as hard as we did when we were kids. We work hard to carry the tourch we been holding all these years.

How do you feel that the music style has changed over the years since you guys stormed into the scene? Have you seen any positive or negative changes in it, or even just in the culture with your fans, since then?

Roger:
Everything has to evolve or it will get stale. Especialy when it comes to the music. Theres definitly a change in the culture that I don’t agree with. I’m not into the hip-hop thing that infested the scene. That’s a negative. But on the positive side of things, we still have kids that come up to us and tell me how much our music gets them through another day. That means we can still make a difference.

The past few albums have been issued through Nuclear Blast Records. I take it then they have been handling the band well, or has Agnostic Front locked into an extensive contract with them?

Roger:
We have great relations with our label. They have been working so hard on doing everything they can possible to push this new release for us. Tgey realy believe in it.

What are some of the perks with this label that you have or could have that some of the smaller or more Punk/Hardcore oriented labels didn’t really have the ability to offer you guys?

Roger:
Nuclear blast has the power to get our music distrubuted all over the world. They help us bring our music world wide where as a smaller label just dosnt have the tools to produce this kind of distribution. We, as a band, do all the hard work and they do their job as the label to keep our record stocked and in the public eye.

The band did a couple of video logs on-line from the studio to promote My Life, My Way. I didn’t really find any other album’s having this promotional push behind it. Was this something new for the band, or had you done it, or something like it before?

Roger:
This was something new we did while recording. The label came up with the idea of documenting the making of it. This was a cool idea to keep the fans intrested in what goes on durring this process. I believe this was a great way to hype the record as well as sharing the experience with our friends and family world wide.

Thanks to youtube and sites like them, music videos for bands that aren’t today’s MTV friendly are coming back in a big way. There’s no video for My Life, My Way as of yet. Will there be one?

Roger:
We will be doing 3 videos for this record. The internet is our main source of advertisment. Like it or not. It’s way of the future. So we figured it would be a great idea to try and do as many videos as possible since we feel there are so many good songs that we belive in on this record.

Do you think that the vlogs the band has posted from the studio actually help push the release in a stronger way then a simple music video in this day and age?

Roger:
The more press the better. I cant see it not helping. If anything, it got the people to know us. I would like to get to know some one that I follow.

“More Than a Memory” sounds more like a personal farewell to someone close to the person who penned the song, meanwhile “The Sacrifice” is a little more vague. To me it seems like the song is geared towards the members of the musical community that had passed away, but it kind of comes off in a narrow scope, as if to say it was only honoring those that inspired the writer. Is that what the song is about, the fallen pioneers of music, whether in a personal scope or a broader spectrum to all of the musical talent we lost in the recent years, or something else entirely?

Roger:
“More than a Memory” was written about the loss of Mike Gallos mother. “The Sacrafice” written about the pioneers and people who sacrficed there lives to make this world we live in a better place today.like our ancesters who came here from over seas to make a better life for there family.

Were there any fallen musicians who became a huge inspiration towards the compositions on My Life, My Way, and in what way did they influence the sound of the recording?

Roger:
There’s tons of fallen musicians who inspired us to write the this record. Some greats like Joe Strummer. Nidge from The Blitz. Rabezz from Warzone, the list goes on..

Another song that sticks out is “That’s Life”. It just doesn’t quite seem to fit in with the rest of the album. Was it just a natural composition for the band, or did Agnostic Front purposely try to write a really faster, heavy, and intimidating song to stand out from the rest of the album?

Roger:
We thought is was great to add a song that had a Victim In Pain flavor to it since we just released that album again a year ago on Bridge 9 Records. We felt it fit great! Especially in this record where it had hints of all our past recordings.

Was the goal for this recording to try to bring in a stronger Punk influence then a Hardcore meets Crossover Thrash appeal like some of your previous albums? Or, were the songs that appear on My Life, My Way just composed naturally without any real general idea of a set style to build upon?

Roger:
We really didn’t go into writing this record saying it has to sound a certain way. We had about 18 songs and just picked the strongest ones that worked best together. I think our previous Victim in Pain tour sparked some of the magic.

My Life, My Way felt like it had a lot more energy on it then on your previous few recordings. Were you guys just really excited while recording this album, or do you think that it might have something to do with the production or any other outside source other then yourselves?

Roger:
This could have been a little mix of both. Between us really having faith in what we were doing and getting the right sounds and the trust in our producer Freddy Cricien as well as engineer Erik Rutan. This record realy came off great.

How long were you guys in production with the album, from the day you guys started writing it, to the point where it was done recording?

Roger:
I guess you can say we worked on getting everything together and gathering ideas one year before taking it to the studio. We do this work on our tours during soundchecks and the long drives cities to cities, states to states, countries to countries… on the road.

Were they any complications with the album during any of that time?

Roger:
We had tons of complications with recording this CD. We had a cymbal crack on us in the middle of recording drums. So we had to drive cross town to get anorher one of the same exact cymbal so it would not change the sound. That killed almost a whole day. Then keeping Joe’s guitar in tune was a total nightmare. On top of that we blew a cabinet when we were half way through finishing the second track of guitars. It was a miricle that we finished in time.

Are there any touring days in the works, or any other sort of plans being made to promote My Life, My Way other then the aforementioned vlogs?

Roger:
We plan to do a five week tour in Europe this summer. In September we will be in the west coast. in November we will be on the east coast.

Is there anything else that you would like to touch upon that I didn’t really ask?

Roger:
Look out for the release Gotta Get Up Now by Roger Miret and the Disasters.

Thank you very much for taking the time out to answer some questions, and I hope all goes well for you guys with the album and your touring plans.

Roger:
Thank you for the interview!

Agnostic Front: My Life My Way
Agnostic Front
Interview conducted thanks to Nuclear Blast Records.