This interview was made in Clisson, France, the 24th and 25th of June 2006.
We decided to see if Freddy & Roger, know each other very well as brothers. We asked them the same questions, they had to give us 2 answers, one for themselves and one which supposed to be the brothers answer.
Roger : His full name is Freddy Cricien. My name is Rogelio Miret. We have different fathers, same mother. My father died.
Freddy : My full name is Freddy Lafayan Cricien, and his full name is Rogelio De Esus Miret
Both place and date of birth?
Roger : Mine is.... Jesus Christ! June 30th 1964 in Cuba, im going to be 42 next week... This week! Shit, 6 days. Freddy is November 4th, and I think he was born in 76.
Freddy : I was born in New Jersey, in USA. Passaic New Jersey, 11/4/75. His birthplace is Cuba, and his birthday is June 30th 1964, I believe.
Which record changed your/his life?
Roger : I think Victim In Pain changed his life. He was there for it all, in fact I stole his Victim of Pain, hes mad about it! And me it would have to be..Wow, It would have to be The Clash, The Green Album. That changed my life.
Freddy : (laugh), I dont know, thats a tough one because hes some years older than me, so you know, but I think Victim In Pain. If I had to pick a hardcore record that affected both of our lives, Id think Victim In Pain because Victim In Pain was the first... I mean there was records before that with Agnostic Front, but Victim In Pain was like the most legendary record of theirs in my eyes, and the record that put them on the map. To me, that was one of the first records that introduced me to hardcore, and its one of the reasons I do hardcore, so in that aspect, just to keep it music related with what we do, that record definitely changed both of our lives I think.
Which record would it be impossible for you/him to live without?
Roger : I would say Victim In Pain. He loves that record, so do I.
: Oh, theres so many.. (laugh). I just love so many different
kinds of music that its hard to pick one, I love everything, I
just love music. I grew up listening to everything. Hardcore with my
brother Roger, and he listens to a lot of stuff; oldies, and stuff.
All my brothers and sisters listen to different music, and I listened
to different music growing up, and my parents listened to Spanish music.
I cant pick one.. which one I cant live without.. oh man
The Police, the greatest hits.
Which is your/his favourite record actually ?
Roger : Well I hope Legacy is his favourite right now because its a great run and Another Voice would be mine. Those are two great albums that came out just recently. Madball and Agnostic Front.
: Umm, for me the new Coldplay record! (laugh)
In which band would you/he be happy to be in?
Roger : I think hes happy to be in Madball you know? We always talk about doing something together, we never do it, but someday we will. And me, Im happy to be in this band, Agnostic Front.
: I dont know, thats a tough one... That I would be happy
to be in? An established band already? I guess Hazen Street, (laugh),
because I am in it.
Which is your/his worst eccentricities?
: When um..Yeah, when he breaks down the walls, thats the best
way to do it! He needs anger management. Hes a lot better now
though, hes married now, so hes calm. Thatd be it,
when he gets crazy.
: Umm, let me think of something he does that I dont like, haha.
Uhh, his ADD! Hes like always moving. He cant watch a movie. I
can never watch a movie with him. You know, I can watch a movie, I pop
it in, sit down, relax. Him, forget about it! Maybe in the movie theatre,
maybe! But, that has always bothered me. Im like man, just relax
and watch your fuckin movie. If its a video, or DVD,
he cant sit still!
What do you/does he always take with you/him on tour?
: What he always takes on tour, would probably be music. Probably an
: His phone, cell phone always, a bag of clothes, uh what else? .. Is
it supposed to be a special thing? Thats a tough one. Im not sure.
Maybe his beads? Religious beads.. Uhhh... thats terrible that
I dont know! He probably doesnt know what I put in my bag
either though. I mean, the typical stuff youd bring on tour, but
Im trying to think of something particular that he brings. His bandana?
Is that it? Oh, is it baby wipes? (laugh) Oh hes a jerk!
Which was your/his first gig?
: His first gig was agnostic front. He actually played, he sang with
us in 1983. He was 7 years old on stage
: Agnostic Front. For sure.
Which is your/his favourite clothes?
: My pants!
Which is your/his most embarrassing memory that happened on stage?
: His, I dont know..I dont know, to be honest. And I dont
think he would know mine! I dont know, I dont think I have
an embarrassing moment! Well His most embarrassing moment would probably
be when he fell of he stage in Dynamo. I just saw the video, he fell
right off. Yeah thats probably the most embarrassing thing.
: For him? I dont know, he peed his pants or something? Well,
he used to do that on purpose, so I dont know. His most embarrassing
moment on stage... I dont know. Maybe he got really drunk? Well,
it goes hand in hand, getting drunk, and forgetting the words...
What image would you/he like to leave on Earth?
: Well, I think Im a bit of a humanitarian, I like to give, and I share
my music, this is art to me; what I do with both bands, and I think
its just like an artist. I think Ive helped a lot of people through
their lives. And I know people come up to me and say, hey if it
wasnt for Victim of Pain, I wouldnt have been able to make
it through this, or that..And people dont even realize that I
didnt even go to high school, because of Victim of Pain. So I
think I became some kind of humanitarian, and Ive become very
close with people who live oppressed lives, and I have a lot of respect
for that, so thatd be it.
Freddy : After I go, after I pass? Ive always been about my family, my friends, respect, sincerity; those key things you know? I think any human would like top leave that kind of thing behind. Thats what its about for me. Family, the one you were born out of, and the one you create as you get older. Your blood family, and even some of your friends become your family you know? And my impression of me is that I always treat people with respect as long as I get it back. If you give it, I give it back, and if you dont, maybe I dont need it. Things like that. Me and my family is pretty sincere people, what you see is what you get. I think Roger is the same.
With whom would you/he like to spend an afternoon with, or a day?
: I would say right now Bruce Springsteen. Because I cant do it with
Joe Strummer right now, I cant do it with Phil Lynott and I cant do
it with Johnny Cash, So Bruce Springsteen is one of my four heroes.
: For me... Johnny Cash.
Who would be hard for you/him to live with?
: For Freddy not me! Im like his everything! Im his get out of jail
free card, Im the guy he calls when he was a kid. I got him his band,
I made a band for him. If he ever needs anything, Its me. So Itd
not have to be me.
Freddy : Vinnie Stigma
(We tell Freddy what Roger answered to that question)
Freddy : We have lived together before! Thats bad, you see I dont think that about him! thats terrible. (laugh), but I know what he means. I thought you meant something more serious! I dont hate my brother of course. So I didnt think of him. It is probably easier for me to live with him now; when I was younger, it was a little bit harder. I can see why he would say that, because hes a jerk!
Whats your/his biggest regrets?
Roger : I dont know if he has any regrets, I dont know if I have any regrets either. I Think everything weve gone through was meant to be. I dont regret anything. And Ive had a lot of regret in my life, and so has he.
: I cant say I have, well I mean of course I have regrets, but Ive
come to realise that sometimes in life you learn from the mistakes you
make so. I mean theres certain things I regret about doing a certain
thing, getting in trouble in the past when I was younger, and I regret
the way I went about that, and theres different times in my life
when I regret things. But then again, those negatives teach you stuff
and give you character. My biggest regret..I cant think of one. Whats
his biggest regret? Shit
I dont know.
What do you know about him that he doesnt know that you know?
: Theres a lot of things I know about him. He keeps a lot of things
away from me for a reason. I dont know. Thats a tough one.
I tell him everything.
Whats your/his favourite movie?
Roger : For both its either Godfather, or Scarface.
Freddy : My favourite movie is Godfather. His favourite movie The Wanderers? Uhhm, Scarface? Yeah, yeah, I was gonna say that next! I was actually going to say Scarface first, but then I said, maybe he went with something different. My first instinct was Scarface.
Whats your/his favourite drink?
Roger : Heineken is what he likes to drink, and me too.
Freddy : His favourite drink is Jagermeister. My favourite drink is beer! I thought I was gonna see him today man, im sad that I didnt see him. Im going to see him later on in the tour though. I thought we were playing together.
O.S. & Manu