Die erste Show, die erste Platte und seine größten Einflüsse! Wir sprachen anlässlich ihres Debütalbums Hive Mentality und der anstehenden mit The Take Sänger und Gitarrist Scott Roberts, der zuvor auch in Biohazard und Spudmonsters aktiv war, über seine Hardcore-Punk-Roots und wie er zur Musik und Szene gekommen ist.
Unser Interview mit The Take Schlagzeuger Will Shepler (Madball, Agnostic Front) findet ihr hier.
1Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?
I really don’t remember. I was going to a lot of small local band shows back then. Bands that aren’t around anymore and no one would know who they are anyway. I think the first sort of big one I saw was S.O.D. which is more of a crossover band but that’s what most so called hardcore bands are now anyway. It’s safe to say the club isn’t around anymore.
2What is your all-time favorite club or location?
I’m from Ohio originally so I’d have to say the old Peabody’s Down Under. A club that was basically our CBGB’s back in the day in Cleveland. Everyone played there.
3Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?
I think it was the first Suicidal Tendencies record. That record changed my life forever and I probably wouldn’t have done all the things in music that I’ve done if I never heard it. Before that I thought punk was safety pins and all that stuff. I didn’t get it. That record made me do a total 180.
4In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore show?
Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law, Madball, Cro-Mags, Crumbsuckers & Ludichrist all on one stage.
5What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?
Right now I’m thinking the Black n Blue Bowl that Biohazard played. Even though we had a lot of technical problems, I felt like we killed it at that show and… it was outdoors in Brooklyn. Or possibly the first show I played in the Cro-Mags. There’s been so many great shows all over the world, it’s pretty hard to pick just one.
6Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?
I missed tons. I was a too young to see all of the early stuff like Fear, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Bad Brains at the height of their intensity and early NYHC bands like Agnostic Front (Victim in Pain era) & the (Age of Quarrel line up) Cro-Mags in NYC. I’d damn near kill to have seen any of that stuff.
7What band would you like to see again?
It can’t ever happen obviously but Carnivore playing just the Retaliation record.
8Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?
I can’t really say just one person but… Lee Ving, Vinnie Stigma, Matt Henderson, Harley Flanagan, Glen Danzig, Micky Fitz, the list goes on and on.
9What are your top 3 hardcore-punk front men (women)?
Freddy Cricien, HR & John Joseph.
10What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?
Maybe D.R.I. Their album Dealing With It is phenomenal to me. I think people write them off as a thrash band and don’t really remember their punk days.
11Are there some newer bands you could mention?
The one sort of new band that I really like is Freedom. Although I’ve heard they broke up, they really got it right to me.