WORLD BE FREE
THE ANTI-CIRCLE (REVELATION)
’90S VETERANS GO BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL FOR HARDCORE SUPERGROUP
■ DESPITE HAVING drummed for everyone from Glassjaw to Limp Bizkit, Sammy Siegler is perhaps best known for powering several seminal New York hardcore acts (Gorilla Biscuits,youth Of Today) during his mid-teens. Now his frenetic style galvanises World Be Free, an East Coast-west Coast supergroup who sound like they’ll never run out of hoodies or things to shout about. Frontman Scott Vogel (also of LA bruisers Terror) ploughs his way through being angry, being disappointed and trying to stay positive like an intimidating guidance counsellor, backed by riffs that scratch like claws and Sammy’s beats to quicken the pulse. Hardcore’s family tree just sprouted a sturdy new branch. DOWNLOAD: Shake The Ghost. FOR FANS OF: Terror, Sick Of It All.
HOW THE TEXAS POP-PUNK KINGS DEFIED NU-METAL MISERY TO MAKE US ALL LAUGH AGAIN WHAT CAN YOU REMEMBER FROM THE RECORDING OF DRUNK ENOUGH TO DANCE?
JARET REDDICK ( VOCALS/GUITAR): “It was the first album that I ever sat down and wrote as a full record while I was out on tour. Up until that point, our albums were all kinda written over a long period of time, but this was the first one where I had to come up with a lot of new stuff pretty quick – I think it shows, in a good way.”
DID YOU EVER THINK THIS ALBUM WOULD BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS IT WAS?
“Definitely not! It was so, so successful in the United Kingdom – our most successful album as far as sales are concerned still, which is crazy. The label we were on at the time in the UK was more of a pop label, and they were pushing Backstreet Boys more than they were pushing us. But that’s neither here nor there as far as I’m concerned, as people still got the songs regardless.that’s my theory, anyway. If it’s on the shelves, then people are going to find it. Also, at that time, nu-metal was pretty big. It was cool, but I can remember hearing, like, Staind and Linkin Park everywhere, and I guess people wanted something a little different and a little more fun. I don’t know.to be honest, I’m terrible at picking singles. I am the worst! I had no idea Girl All The Bad Guys Want was going to be so big. I honestly thought that Emily or Life After Lisa would’ve been the two bigger songs on that record.that has happened to me with every huge hit that we’ve had!”
GIRL ALL THE BAD GUYS WANT GOT NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY…
“That was insane. We were touring the UK at the time, and we had to take two nights off fly to New York, go to the Grammys, and then fly back and continue the tour. That is jet-setting – that’s crazy. We were on the plane just looking at each other like, ‘What is happening? We’re just kids from Texas and here we are, this is just nuts!’ It was the coolest thing ever. We met B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Foo Fighters and all these music people we expected to see there, but then we met, like, [actor] Michael J. Fox and [boxer] Evander Holyfield!”
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT THE RECORD?
“There were some things that, at the time, I wasn’t really into doing. I really thought that Life After Lisa should’ve been a single, but our label made us record Punk Rock 101 and release that as a single, and rerelease the album with it on. I wondered about doing that. But then, that song was huge, and, looking back, they probably made the right decision. But, like I say, I’m awful at picking singles!”