this Resistance Tour, how were the first dates ?
First dates has been great. We played in Geneva and I think it was the
biggest croud we ever played there, something like 1 000 people. And
last night in spain there were almost 1200 people. So those two shows
have really been good so far.
So far so good.
were Friday in Geneva, Saturday in Spain and now Thursday in france.
Isn't to long to drive such distances in so little time ?
Oh yes ! But at least for now on, the drives are gonna be way shorter.
These first drives have been crazy. We get to the clubs so late, today
we were lucky to make one song for the sound-check, because on the other
dates, there were no time to do anything. So everything gonna be shorter,
so the days are gonna be more confortable.
the relation ship with the other band ?
Cool !Everybody is cool ! 7 Seconds, they're all friend of mine for
20 years ago, so. We share the bus with them, cause everybody knows
each other. It's great.
you tell us a little bit about your last album "Outakes for Outcast"
It's a compilation of songs that were recorded for either tribute album
or other compilations. We just figured we put all of them on one disc
so that our fans don't have to go and look for some records that for
some are really difficult to get,
they're all here including an old remix by House of Pain.
did you meet House of Pain ?
It was all through Tobby. Tobby from H2O used to be our roady. Somehow
he met those guys and he stayed in touch with them and bugged the hell
out of them for month and month. He called them all the time. But they
actually came to like him. And Tobby got them involved with sick of
It All. That's how we hoocked up with those guys. But even going back,
they made a video for "Shamrocks and Shenanigans", we were
all there for that video shoot, we didn't come out on the video but
around that time we were hanging out with them a lot. And on one of
there tour they used "Just Look Around" for there intro. And
also we did a tour with Limp Bizkit during a Warped Tour which was there
first tour ever, so we knew DJ Leathel at that time.
do you explain the longevity of Sick Of It All ?
Never try to fit whatever is going on. We never try to follow the trend,
we just did our own thing. It kind of made us people like us. Maybe
not everybody. The stupid people don't like us (big lough) but the people
that actually appreciate this type of music stuck with us.
A: As long as you don't try to jump on the trends, I think that people
recognize that about us. We never were a trend jumper, therefore we
actually mean what we say and we actually are who we are on stage. It's
not like some built up image or any kind of bullshit. It's the real
thing. It's not like we have explosion on stage or wear make-up or anything
like that, we're not rockstars, there's no reason for that.
And I think that's why people appreciate what we do.
makes your fans very loyal ?
A: I think that, I think we earned their respect.
C: The respect of the common man we earned.
been travelling all around the world. How has the hardcore seen evolved
in all the country that you've visited ?
It evolves for a while in certain spotes, and then it falls appart in
some place else. It's sort of evolution. It moves depending of what's
going on where. In America it comes good and bad, in Europe, it comes
good not better, in Japan it goes hugh then it dissapears.
A: Usaually the best time to play in certain type of country, is when
people are just getting into it. And all they are taking from is the
positive. Once it kind of establishes itself, all the sudden there's
all this different clicks and people start fighting each other. People
think they're cooler than other people. And the whole hardcore scene
falls appart. And you have to wait for a few years to built back up
C: Once you get a taste of humanity, all the things that happens in
the real world,
it turns down, people are actually shit, so it turns to shit. People
don't understand. People are assholes you know. Human race are animals.
(Craig start acting like
your feeling about the presidential elections ?
Georges Bush is a horrible personn. American politics are a joke. And
is a sad place that is gonna go down.
A: The problem is that the republicans control the media. And the american
people for some reason look at Georges Bush and see a figure of strengh.
They see a man of God. These are two things that I do not see when I
look at him. I see a week mind of fool, who calls himself a christian
but has no problem killing people. He's hypocrit.
C: He says he's a brave and strong men but when there was a war in Vietnam,
I don't think war is good but, if he's such a tough guy how come that
his father got him out of military service ? And he's supposed to be
tough, but he's really week. He's a drug addict, but somehow the republicans
own the media. In 1984 Ronald Regan did away with something that made
it illegal to own multiple media outlets.
In America you weren't allowed to own a bunch of tv and radio station,
because it was illegal to monopolize free speech, free representation
of the news. Ronald Reagan got rid of that so now the republican can
buy up all the media outlet.
So you don't see true news, you see political news from the wright wing.
So now people are brain-washed because they watch tv, Fox news, Channel
Time Warner own Channel 1 which is New york news. The CEO used to be
Collin Powel. His son runes the FCC Federal Communication Central. So
it's all inhouse for the republicans. They trick you and it's really
like it's a dictatorship, except
it's a dictatorship with a smile.
A: I think that the reason why the election went to Bush is because
of the christian wright. The wright wong conservative christian element
of the us population that's what gave him the edge in the poles. Because
it wasn't by that big of a marging.
It was about a 3 or 4 million vote marging. I think that if the christians
hadn't just immediately backed Bush just because they think that for
some reason he holds higher morals. That's how he won the election,
by having that conservative christian wright on his side. In all the
more educated, the enlightened parts of the country, like the north-est,
and the biggest city in california, all the major cities, they all voted
democrate. They voted for Kerry. That tells you that the more educated
people, that don't look religion or anything like that to play in how
their country politics should run, those are the people who voted democrate.
There was a hugh chunk of the country that wanted to see Bush out. America
is very devided.
The people that don't like Bush, they hate Bush, they're willing to
put anybody else
C: And the people who like Bush are blind. They're folls who have been
But they don't know that. They don't know anything about the politics
A: oh no, they do know but all they are doing by backing Bush is supporting
the idea of the rich getting richer. That's basically what Bush is all
about. The rich getting richer. And all these people that don't earn
enough money to feed their family think they should vote Bush because
Saddam Hussein was team doubled Al-Qaida and was gonna bomb us. They
really thought that.
C: That's what people think in america, stupid people.
A: So many people actually thought that Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaida
were one thing.
C: People in america hate the french that's a big thing. They don't
even call it french-fries anymore, they call it freedom-fries. People
hate the french because you guys didn't wanted to back america in a
war that was about money. That was about stealing oil because all Bush
people are in the oil industrie. It was for those guy to get rich, we
know that. But people in America are like "fuck da french",
what are they fuckin' retard ? You guys didn't want to back something
that's a lie.
A: You know what it is, a lot of americans don't ever think about the
world politics outside of their own living-room. They don't think about
the world, they don't think about how small the world is now. The world
is so small now, but the people in america think there's just all about
america. And that's the problem.
C: You know what, you say "oh things are great over in Europe"
and in america they all day no, america is the best, there's no place
better than in america. But they've only been in america, they haven't
been anywhere. They don't know about the fuckin' world. They will tell
you that only america has freedom. That's a lie.
I come here and there's freedom, you can do what you want here. You
can do what you want all over Europe. But they pretend like Europe is
lock-down. But it's not. But in america that's what they tell you. That's
what people that have never left america think.
of the people in America don't travel outside their own country right
That's right, they think that america has great freedom, but they don't
A: And even if some of them do travel, most of the time they will stay
in Holliday Ins, in Hiltons, you know they are not gonna want to leave
that american environnement that exist in all those tourist destinations.
They are not gonna go
to some local french hotel to really experience french culture. They
are gonna be in places where they can turn on CNN, they site in their
little american hotel room and maybe go outside and see the Eiffel Tower
or something like that. You know what
I mean, they don't really leave american culture ever, even when they
C: In america they say you are anti-american, you're a communist or
whatever, they make up some bullshit words meanwhile it's somebody that
has never left the state of texas or someone that has never been outside
the state of louisiana or whatever, would tell me that. I've been all
over the world a hundred million times, I see the way people are. I
know that, but they're the one that are settings the rules. There's
lot of bullshit.
where very devided between Bush and Kerry, do you think that now the
elections are over, they're gonna be able to reunite together again
C: I think with the amont of time that goes by, the tv, every day are
brainwashing people. So they're gonna further away from fighting against
it. They're just getting pulled in.
A: You know what it is. There's a hugh sence of dissapointment right
now. All the people who voted Kerry or anybody but Bush, cause you know,
that was the attitude : anybody but Bush, evrybody is dissapointed and
not only with the next 4 years but also in there fellow americans. They're
thinking this is the country that I live in, this is the country that
I represent and this is the man who's the figurehead of this country
for another 4 years, and even after what would happen. So there's a
hugh sence of dissapointment for half of the country.
C: And whith the patriot act what ultimatly is that if you go against
the republican way, it's not like you believe in this version of america,
it is that you're a potential terrorist, you're subversive to the government.
They can use it against the people that think like that. And ultimatly
it leads to full control. You can't even raly against what's they're
doing, because then they can investigate you and you could be pull underneath
like you're a terrorist. That's what the patriot act is, to stop people
from rising up when they do things that are so fucked up that people
wanna riot in the streets. They will say that it is civilian uprising
by some radical groups, but it's just some people that don't wanna see
their country go bomb other country so that a
few people in texas can make tons of money. It's a skamp to keep freedom
Patriot act is to stop american freedom. It turns america into a dictatorship
whithout ever really saying it's a dictatorship.
A: But they just said "new World Order" which is pretty scary.
C: New world order is gonna be a lock-down dictatorship.
lyrics have always been influenced by what happens in the world. Will
your next album deal with this situation ?
We can't really say because we haven't started the writing yet. But
I think it will be a little bit. I already have a couple of ideas. I
guess I'll be touching on that quite
a bit. We'll see.
you have anything to say to the young kids especially here in Europe
Appreciate those who are true. Look pass the image of bands. Look at
who they really are. Try to see what's good and what's bad about every
band, because the major labels are showing a fake image. And another
thing is that the major labels are trying to ruin the underground scene.
Don't let it happened.
C: Don't try to prove anything. Don't try to be a tough guy, because
a tough guy that means you're really weak.
Craig answered those questions, Armand was whatching him loughing the
your favorite word ? Why
What's your least favorite word ? No
What turns you one, creativelly, spiritually and
emotionally ? Small blond girls
very beautifull and well fed.
What turns you off ? European bus drivers
that smells like cigarettes and wear really short shorts.
What's your favorite curse word ? Fuck
What sound or noise do you love ? A snear
drum really loud all the time so that
my head just rings constantly.
What sound or noise do you hate ? Snoaring.
What profession other than your own would you
like to attempt ?
What profession other than your own would you
not like to attempt ?
Professionnel boxer !
If heaven exist what would you like God say to
you when you arrive at the pearly gates ? We got a beautifull
short blond girl that's well fed waiting for you on
the other side. And nobody snoars up here.
Interview Tataye and O.S.