Band of the Week for: 5/10/2015
Genre: Hardcore Punk | Location: New York, NY
Posted on: May 09, 2015 @ 2:51 pm | By Jö Schüftan
When New York Hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT stepped into the music world in 1980, New York City was a completely different place both socially and culturally. While Punk Rock was on the rise, Hardcore music as we know it was pretty much nonexistent in New York City. It was AF who pioneered the genre in the city that never sleeps when they realized that fans were hungry for a real aggressive form of music. While CBGB's already existed, AF was the band that established the venue as the home of Hardcore music!
It all got started for AGNOSTIC FRONT when the legendary Vinnie Stigma started playing music with some friends (like all bands do) and soon realized that nobody was playing Punk Rock music as aggressively as he was. While Stigma definitely didn't plan to create a whole musical movement, he sure as hell knew that music was the perfect way for him and his friends to channel the aggressions birthed during some of hardest times in New York City history. Once Roger Miret took over the lead vocals role in 1982, the band found the signature sound that is still crushing ear drums all over the world.
After 11 studio albums, thousands of shows, and 30+ years of making sure that Hardcore music is respected worldwide, the band - Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma, Craig Silverman, Mike Gallo and Pokey Mo - is still going strong and recently released their amazing NEW album entitled The American Dream Died (CLICK HERE to read our review).
What keeps AGNOSTIC FRONT going strong? Their musical passion, their love for music, and definitely their desire to make sure that Hardcore music keeps crossing borders and breaking barriers. What is the band's recipe for success:
We are all outcast and come together for the music, for the message, to get our energy out, and forget about what goes on in your everyday life. Someone next to you gets knocked to the floor, pick them up. You get knocked over; he picks you up, whatever. You know we are here for each other. - Vinnie Stigma
Agnostic Front is:
- Vinnie Stigma: Guitar
- Roger Miret: Vocals
- Mike Gallo: Bass
- Craig Silverman: Guitar
- Pokey: Drums