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Miret Reflects On Origin Of Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front

“We were just a bunch of angry teenagers that wanted our voice to be heard.”

That was the flashpoint, 35 years ago, that gave birth to an album out of New York City that brought hardcore punk to prominence on the musical landscape. The 10-track piece with a total running time of less than 15¢ minutes not only solidified a genre but put a band on the map.

“There was so much going on in the world that we were angry about,” Roger Miret, singer of Agnostic Front, said. “There were all these demonstrations and protest going on. We were a group of misfits that just sort of found each other and came together as a tribe.”

It was a time when New York City was not the place it is seen as today, Miret recounted. The ghettos and chaos that gave birth to the hardcore punk scene was more about a sense of belonging in a place where trouble seemed to be around every corner.

To celebrate that album, “Victim in Pain,” Agnostic Front has embarked on a tour with Prong.

“This isn’t the first time we have been on the road with Prong,” Miret said. “I think it’s going to be fun. There will be different combinations of fans here and there. It isn’t that different because we both have similarly aggressive music.”

The stage is the place where Miret feels at home, he said.

As the music gives energy one way, he said he does like to have the same coming back toward the stage.

“When I hit the stage I am in my comfort zone and in everything I love,” he said. “If the audience is feeling me and with me, I am in my zone. It’s like a gym addict, but I am a hardcore addict.

“We’re excited to play (in Buffalo). I am happy to be there and do what we love to do. When we hit the stage we have a positive mental attitude and have a great show,” Miret continued. “We will be playing ‘Victim of Pain’ and a bunch of classics as well. When we are on stage, it isn’t a give-and-take. The more you feed me, the more I feed you. It’s a give-and-give situation.”

Agnostic Front and Prong will perform at Mohawk Place, Wednesday, in Buffalo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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