This interview/Blindtest was made in Marseille (France) the 29th of October 2005.
Laureline and O.S. have met the singer Freddy.
I always thaught they had a good style, they had a good way of mixing different genres, it's very simple but affective. I used to see them, I know the guys, they used to play a lot in New-York, in Jersey, and they always made amazing shows, it's probably one of the best band I've ever seen for this kind of music.
What your feeling about the fact they split?
wish for them they would continue that time. They're definitley beeing
an agressive type of band, representing a certain type of genre which
was pretty fore for this kind of music. Unfortunatly, times change and
things change and it's not the same for them as it was but I still think
I've heard nothing but good things about the new record so I can't see
why they couldn't go out and play...
And the new line-up seems to be good!
Yeah! Mike is a good friend of mine, Jorge also... I wish him the best, I hope they continue, to get recognize. The name "Merauder", as a band, has been around for a long long long time, but it changes line-ups, and it even changes style a little bit... But yeah, I think the band has potential.
Most Precious Blood.
Most Precious Blood!? Is that the new one?
No, this is "Our Lady Of Anihilation".
ok! I didn't recognize at first.
And about Indecision, Rob's band?
know a little bit of there stuff, but I'm not super familiar with it
They were a cool band because they were young guys, not much much younger than me, but they seem young, they seem very young, they seem like kids. And I think that was a cool refeshing thing, they played old-school hardcore, they seemed young and played old style.. I like Mark and all those guys, they don't play anymore but they're nice guys, played a good style, no many people do that anymore. So it was good.
And you know what the members are doing actually?
I don't.. Work i'm sure. (Laugh)
is a good test for me, because I don't listen to heavy music a lot,
I mean, I like all music, but I don't follow every single record that
comes out, I don't know every heavy bands, you know what I mean? It's
a learning experience for me as well... (Laugh)
What can I say, they're my friends!
They have a pretty original style too, cause it's like old-school hardcore with a little bit of hip hop flavour, they have like a hip hop approach. Their band needs to tour more as well, they're great guys, Vietnom is like family to me, I know Mike forever, those guys are my boys. They've got good shirts, a good concept, a good band, but it just needs to hopefully tour more, and then people could see them and get more experience on the road. They're definatly a fun band, it's definatly entertaining.
Great band! Jamey is a good friend of mine. Before they became popular and everybody start mimicking their style, they had the roots in the hardcore scene, without a doubt, I'm sure of that because, we were one of the first band to give them their first shows. Hatebreed opened up for us many many years back and Jamey used to promote shows and we played shows for him, and asked us if his band could be on the bill, we were like "Of course, No problem!". We also made a tour with them and Earth Crisis in the late 90's, Earth Crisis, Us, Skarehead and Hatebreed. Hatebreed was still opening up for us (laugh) which is strange to say now. But I always saw the potential in that band and before they blow up, before beeing at the point they are now, befor the succes they have now (for our style of music!), I always saw a potential on that band, I used to watch them when they toured with us. I don't like everything I hear you knwo what I mean, everybody's got different taste, different opinion, but I always thaught they had a good style, not too traditional hardcore but they have parts that have hardcore elements for sure. They're a great band!
Do you think they brought more people to hardcore music?
Is that a newer band?
No, an old one.
Trial from Seattle!
Trial, ok, I don't know that band.
I've never got into them. I have to check it out! I can't speak much on htem because I've never... that's funny because beeing on music for years, but sometimes you pass by you what I mean. Like I said, I don't listen to a lot of heavy music, I listen to pop, rock, hip hop... But it sounds really cool!
One of them actually play with 3 Inches Of Blood, another one Himsa and Greg Bennick the singer makes documentary films...
The production souds like a older band, an older recording, but that's cool!
very interesting, never done that before. (Laugh)
I'm familiar with that band, familiar with name for a long time, even if I don't have all their albums. But they definatly have a band for themselves, I was able to recognize who they were, you know what I mean?
Yeah that song is from the new album.
O h yes the new album! I haven't heard it yet! I know Lou and those guys for a long time too, from New-York, playing shows together ... They definatly got an interesting style, they need to get out more too! (Laugh) A lot of people are curious to see them live, they definatly get respect for beeing from New-York but they need to get to the next step, get out there and tour... that's a whole different world. They're definatly cool men!
Let's see what's next!
It's easy! (Laugh)
I hope so! Maybe not for me! (Laugh)
Yes, that's Terror!
yeah yeah!! (Laugh)
we met Nick (Terror's drummer) a few month ago, he always answerd the
questions with "Madball", like "What's your favourite
word?", he said "MADBALL!"... (Laugh)
good, it's flattering for us! Because we're still in the game, doing
our things, and that's very flattering to Know that, you know. They
were touched by our stuff, and their band is influenced by our music...
that's cool!! That's not an hardcore feeling but that's flattering,
for sure! Especially coming from those guys because they're a great
band in our own way so definatly flattering !
A great band!
We've done many tours with Ignite and they're very good friends of us as well.
They're unique, they've got their own way as well, they come from California they have more melodic in the hardcore style and they're probably one of the best bands at that style. They've really good catchy songs, and a good live band. They're like family, I enjoyed watching them every night that we play.
Law??!! Whaow that sounds different!
The last one!
That helps! (Laugh)
That's Figure Four!
yeah Figure Four, I've heard of them!
One of the most important band that comes from New-York, next to Agnostic Front and bands like that. They definatly help to put New-York on the map and definatly one of the most representative of New-York Hardcore, of the New-York Hardcore imperium. They became a legendary band, definatly a band that I apreciate a lot, and definatly help to carry the touch for hardcore along with bands like Agnostic Front, and now ourselves etc, etc... If you're in hardcore and you don't know Sick of It All, you have problems (Laugh)
Well, that's it!
Ok, sorry I didn't know more! I know a lot of them right? (Laugh)
That's right, not so bad! (Laugh)
Interview Laureline & O.S.