During my trip to the both great and gross Amnesia Rockfest I had a chance to sit down with Roger Miret, frontman for the New York hardcore punk institution Agnostic Front. Going strong for over 30 years the band not only set a standard for their genre, they also were on the forefront of the crossover movement with metal titans like Slayer and Anthrax.

The journey was a long one. Towards the end of the 80s Roger spent time in prison on drug-related charges, and the band imploded for a few years shortly after. So when he sits down and cartoon theme music seems to emanate from thin air, it’s a bit out of place. Turns out it’s one of his children’s apps that’s been inadvertently triggered on his phone. Now firmly grounded in the present we proceed to talk about his modern life as a family man, and what makes real hardcore music.