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A Conversation With Roger Miret of Roger Miret and the Diasters
by Jason Cipriano
May 5, 2003

Roger Miret and The Disasters are a NYC based punkrock band featuring Roger Miret from NYC’s legendary hardcore/punk band Agnostic Front. They play a very cool style of punk with such influences like Sham 69, The Dictators, The Clash, Cock Sparrer, Rancid and most true voices of the streets.

Jason Cipriano: How ya doing?

Roger Miret: I'm doing fine. I'm doing good.

JC: Just for the record can you state your name and your current position?

RM: My name is Roger Miret. I'm the lead vocalist in the band Roget Miret and the Disasters and that's it - I'm lead vocalist and guitar.

JC: Alright. What made you decide to do some work with the Disasters?

RM: Basically, what happen was, I was writing songs and it didn't work out with who I was writing with so I decided to write my own record, and then I found friends who I like to play with and we recorded a record and we loved the way it came out, and we decided to make a band.

JC: Were these just friends, or were these just friends or people you have worked with in the past at some point?

RM: I have never worked with any of these, I've worked with them, a couple of them in the studio, and stuff like that, cuz I know them from the scene, but we were just strictly friends, we have never played together in a band before.

JC: Is there anything you can do with this band that you couldn't with your other band - you said you were writing your own material, and it wasn't working out with them, is there anything else aside from writing?

RM: Yeah, well ya know, what it was it was just the writing stuff it was a different direction it involved a little bit more. It was a different style, a little more melodic, involved different writings. The other band just wanted to keep stuff kinda hard and straight forward so that's why I just came up with this.

JC: Is this an official side project or…

RM: This is not a side project at all.

JC: This is not a side project at all…

RM: This is as real as it gets, I've been touring since September, and I've still got a lot more tours to come. I've got the Dropkick Murphys in a year, hopefully the Rancid tour. I just got off the tour with Good Charlotte/ New Found Glory, and I'm touring.

JC: What was it like opening for the Good Charlotte/ New Found Glory/ Less Than Jake tour? Because it's a lot bigger than some of the venues, like tonight, here at Irving Plaza.

RM: It was amazing. It was a great experience, I never did anything like that in my life, the crowd was very receptive to us. The bands themselves were very cool - different styles, but everybody got a long which is really good, it was a good atmosphere. It was a good time that's just the best way to describe it

JC: You like the life on the road?

RM: I guess I do… I'm kind of used to it. I live out of a bag, and sleep in different beds every day, but I do miss home.

JC: Who would you really like to tour with, or even just play one show with, any band, current, or already broken up?

RM: Well currently, and I think it may happen, is I would love to go on tour with Rancid. Rancid is one of my favorite bands. Ya know, I don't know, I think that would be the best shot I'd like to get, I would like and do - that would be it

JC: What is the best show you have ever played in your past?

RM: In my past?

JC: Yeah…

RM: Aw man, there's so many shows, I can't even think about it now. Just recently, the shows we just did with Good Charlotte, and New Found Glory, Less Than Jake are some of the best shows I've ever done in my life

JC: Different experiancewise?

RM: It was a very receptive crowd. People just came to have a great time no matter what it was and they were there to enjoy themselves, not to make an opinion on anyone, there were no attitudes. We didn't feel like we were being judged, it just felt very warm and welcoming that's probably why it was such a great time.

JC: What makes you keep wanting to make music- like what's your driving desire?

RM: Life. Basically, it's all about social politics with me, what goes on with me, life on a day-to-day basis. Just concept of reality, I wake up and what I see I write about, and how I feel. Whether my song is a moody song, a happy song, whatever.

JC: What's the biggest different in the scenes from what you see now, from when you started playing music?

RM: Well, obviously the scene's a lot bigger. It grew, a lot. It's different. It's not as… the rebellious part of it isn't as strong as it used to be. Ya know like, a lot of it is, unfortunately, a lot of it has, it's been accepted by society. We were walking out of step with society. We were outcasts, misfits of society. And now a lot of it is kind of accepted. There's nothing wild now to see a kid with spiked hair, blue hair, yellow hair, or red. And I'm not saying all of it is like that, there are a lot of people that are really true, really believe in it, and stick to their guns, but of a lot of it is fads to people, and to me it's always been a lifestyle, I live it, I live it. My life is hardcore. I live it.

JC: So you started living the lifestyle before you started making the music or …you made the music first and then you lived the lifestyle?

RM: I lived the lifestyle before I started making the music, but then it works hand in hand, because as I was living the lifestyle I started meeting friends and people that were living the same lifestyle, and we kind of made bands together.

JC: Aside from tours with the Dropkick Murphys coming up, and possibly Rancid, do you have any long-term future plans?

RM: Oh yeah, we've got a lot of things going on. We are going to be going Europe real soon, going to Europe again. Hopefully the Warped Tour, next year, not this year, of course. We will be next year be touring with MEST. I don't know if you know MEST, they're some cool guys from Chicago. I just want to tour, tour with a lot of different bands, a lot of different people, and kind of show kids my style of what I'm doing, and maybe welcome them into what I'm doing. I don't feel like I need to close doors to anybody. My doors are welcome to everyone. If they are willing to listen, willing to join up, to come be part of our scene, my doors are open.

JC: I was reading earlier today, your favorite place to play is Europe. What makes playing Europe clubs or Europe tours different than playing the States?

RM: I've always felt that the European scene itself isn't as closed minded and the American scene. The American scene is kind of closed minded, kind of trendy. They separate themselves a lot, it's very isolated. In Europe they don't care. They all come out to have a good time. You see punks, skins, dreads, everybody, just having a great time, they don't care. They don't care about how your dress, how you look. The language barrier, they obviously don't care.

JC: Best country?

RM: United States of America.

JC: Best country to play?

RM: Best country to play: I think I love South America at this point, I do love Europe, and I love the United States. I love them all.

JC: Is there anything else you would like to add?

RM: Yeah, please check out our website, keep an update about what's going on with the band its www.thedisasters.com. And come on down, introduce yourself to me. We are easy guys to find in the crowd hanging out. Buy our t-shirt damnit, and buy our record.

JC: Alright, thank you very much.

RM: Thank you.

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