Interview: Roger Miret of Agnostic Front talks new album, roots and DC “Incident”.

Roger Miret of Agnostic Front and The Disasters recently spoke with Real Punk Radio program Loud Fast and Shitty about the new Agnostic Front recording that is currently underway at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida.

The fourteen track offering will be entitled “My life, My way” and is due to be released on Nuclear Blast Records in March 2011. Miret declares the new disc will be the greatest Agnostic Front offering ever. Expect Anthems, Sing-A-Longs and elements from all of the records from their long and storied career.

Included on the release will be a song to be sung entirely in Spanish, which until now, had only been heard on B-sides which were only released in South America. Miret also said that he hopes to include a track from fellow New Yorker’s, The Ramones, but still is awaiting permission to include it. As Miret puts it, “It is New York, giving back to New York”.

At the time of the interview, Roger had reportedly completed 10 of the 14 songs on vocals and guitarist Vinnie Stigma still needed to record his guitar solos and over-dubs. “My life, My Way” is being recorded by Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse) and produced by Miret’s younger half-brother, Freddy Cricien.

The choice to include Freddy as producer was a no-brainer for Miret. Not only did the Madball frontman produce the 2007 AF record, “Warriors”, he has been a part of the Agnostic Front entourage since the tender young age of 7, when he used to sing with the band in seedy New York clubs until 4AM.

Also in the interview, Roger details growing up, wrenching on cars in his step-father’s service station and eventually moving on to building custom made motorcycles after graduating the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando in 1994. Miret turned down an opportunity to work alongside Monster Garage’s Jesse James due to not wanting to leave his family in New York. Miret eventually became jaded by the “yuppies” that took over the custom bike industry and returned his focus to customizing cars and finally starting his own car club called, The Rumblers, that now boasts over 40 members and includes seven different chapters.

The discussion turned to the recent death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed, the man who was beaten to death after an Agnostic Front show for allegedly throwing a brick through the front window of the DC9 niteclub in Washington DC. Miret declares that it was “Tragic. Someone lost their life”. The incident happened three hours after the show had ended and well after the band had already packed up and left the venue. The five employees who were eventually charged in the death of Mohammed were described by Miret as “gentlemen” and “gentile and polite” but he went on to say that sometimes, “the nerdiest, weirdest and quietest person can be the baddest mother fucker in the crowd.”

Miret went on to say that it was an unfortunate event, marred by the fact that it was “probably the best show in a decade. Maybe two. Everybody inside the DC9 club was a part of the show, and they couldn’t help but be (involved). It was incredible.”

To hear the entire interview, visit www.loudfastshitty.com Episode #80. The show broadcasts LIVE every Sunday night from 8-10PM on www.realpunkradio.com.


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