interview was made in Lignon (Switzerland) November 13th as the Madball
band participated at the
members of Rag Men play in Madball).
Manu and I have met Mitts the Guitar Player and Rigg The Drummers.
Can make a little presentation of Rag Men and the members composed it?
Rag Men is you have Jorge from Merauder, me Mitts form Madball,
you got Rigg plays for Madball, used to play for Hatebreed and you have
Ian bulldog who used to play bass for earth-crisis. We've been together
for a year now, two years.
Basicly Mitts and I have known each other for a while, and he
asked me to play like years ago, like 3 or 4 years ago and talking about
starting a band. We wanted to get together and play. And about a year
and az half ago we started getting together aznd finding that we want
to do it, and then that was it. We started writing riffs, just riff
after riff after riff.
We only listend the song "My Word" on your website, we find it's a good compromise between old and new school hardcore, how you define your music?
We just finished the record. It's gonna coming in December in
Gangstyle it's just called Rag Men. The songs are like that, there's
a little bit of metal, a little bit of hardcore, but I think that the
metal influence is old metal. Not like metalcore but more like Iron-Maiden
and Black-Sabbath, this metal mixed in with hardcore.
All the members of Rag Men come from differents hardcore bands, Merauder, Skarhead, Madball, Earth Crisis, Hatebreed, whish have the most influence on your music?
Definatly, and this is great. The reason I got those guys to play together,
is we all come from bands that have toured and recorded many many times
so everybody has the same level of experience. I show them sometimes
and it just works. Like I show the songs to Jorge and he sings over
them, he knows exactlly what to sing. Everybody's experience benefits
No, like Rigg said before, Hoya and Freddy are in a side project. And
Rag Men and Madball are managed by the same management called Stone
City Music. So when Freddy and Hoya will be doing their stuff, we know
that Madball won't so we'll be doing Rag Men. So we don't have to worry
not knowing what the other guys are going to do because we know when
there is going to be breaks with Madball so we have time to do Rag Men.
There is very little politics, most of the lyrics are personnel issue.
When the album'll come out you'll see the lyrics most of them are about
self-experience and where we're at. We are all about the same age group,
we are not really young anymore so we wright more lyrics about where
we are going with our lives and it's very personnel, no politics really.
It's great you know, anything as long as it's still going. I tend to
stay away from that,I have a very short mind when it comes to music.
I have very short collection of cd, just about 20. That's about it so
I can't really say. But hey, bands are playing and they do what they
wanna do so that's great.
I listen to everything, rock, pop.
If you 've something to say at the young generation ?
To fans or musicians ? Well I don't know. Eh to musicians, just play
what you wanna play, let's do it. If you have an idea, you know play
what's inside of you. A lot of bands I think try to classify what they
wanna do before they even play.
Just that the record comes out in Decmeber on Gangstyle records, it's
call Rag Men. And in 2004 we are going to come on tour in Europe in
March. It's a real band, it's not a side project, we're here to stay.
Manu & O.S.