Agnostic Front’s Roger Miret on the Evolution of Music Mediums Like Vinyl
Agnostic Front‘s ‘Victim in Pain’ and ‘United Blood’ are classics that are hard to find in CD form. “The fact that the people were unable to get this music is what makes these re-releases special,” vocalist Roger Miret told Noisecreep about the Bridge Nine re-releases of the material, which are out now. “Almost all of these songs didn’t exist on CD format. It’s exciting that the world can get it now. It’s special, now available to everyone, when back then, it wasn’t. The music was only available to a select amount of people.”
Miret admits that the band kept the same photos from the original pressings for the sake of the record collectors. “All the original artwork is consistent and in there, but it’s not the front cover. That’s inside,” Miret said. “There are collectors who want that and are genuine. It’s not in the masses.”
Some readers may be thinking, “Vinyl? What’s that?” In today’s digital age, kids aren’t too concerned with artwork, lyrics and all the bells and whistles that Generation X’ers so value as part of their music-listening experience. “Kids nowadays don’t care about lyrics or artwork,” Miret said. “That is sad. That is how a band makes a statement, with the artwork and lyrics. When I was a kid, I saw a cool cover, read all the lyrics, bought all the records of the bands that were thanked in the record, because if they got thanked, they were probably cool or similar. Kids don’t do that nowadays.”
Die-hard, longtime Agnostic Front fans will want to be in New York City this February, when the band performs a special show with the original lineup from the ‘Victim in Pain’ record. Afterward, the band will head into the studio and write for a new release. The state of the world we live in is of course what inspires Miret’s lyrics. “My own mind,” he admitted about his influence. “I relive my past and my life, and it’s been interesting. There is so much going on in my mind.
“If you read my lyrics and see what I talk about, you may not be able to relate it to the Lower East Side today, since it’s nice now. It wasn’t when we were doing what we were doing. It is what it is now. I have it in my memory and that is what keeps me going. As long as s— is happening on CNN and the world is a messed up place, there is not lack of stuff to talk about in my lyrics.”