WORLD BE FREE

THE ANTI-CIR­CLE (REV­E­LA­TION)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

’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!”

EN­TER SHIKARI – TORN APART Would Shikari work with­out the elec­tron­ics? Lis­ten to this un­plugged num­ber – the an­swer is: fuck yes. LONELY THE BRAVE – BLACK MIRE Yes! It’s the first peep at the new LTB al­bum. God it’s good, and they’re even more feels-pack

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