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October 11th, 2002 · post by anon · Make a comment

An interview with Hatebreed in the summer of 2002.

RN: Do you think that being on a major label will be seen as selling out?
Sean: Not really no. We’re not selling out. If you’ve heard the record, you’ll know that we’re not compromising our sound in any shape or form, if anything this record’s heavier even though we’re on a major. We’re not selling out and never will. We’ve got better distribution and everything’s running a lot smoother but we’ll always be the band we are no matter what label we’re on. So the answer to your question would be no.

RN: Is Lou going to be replaced or has he already been replaced?
S: No, we’re going to keep it as a four piece. I don’t think it would be right to replace him since he’s a good friend and we’ve been holding it down as a four piece pretty well, actually really well, so we’re just going to keep it that way. I’ve got an AV box that runs through four stacks and I switch the parts so it still sounds like two guys up there rocking out but it’s just one.

RN: Are you sad he’s left?
S: Yeah, in one respect it’s a bummer, yeah definitely. Y’know I didn’t want him to leave and it’s just the way it went down. So the answer to that is yeah. Rn: Which celebrity would you most like to have a fight with?
S: To have a fight with?
RN: Yes.
S: Oh man, there’s a lot of them I’d like to beat up, I gotta think about that for a little while.
RN: (at end of interview) Have you had any ideas about which celebrity would you would most like to have a fight with?
S: Is it just a friendly sparring match or like a knock down, drag out kinda thing.
RN: Knock down drag out.
S: Man, I don’t know, there’s a lot
RN: What’s the first name that comes to mind?
S: Y’know I don’t wanna just throw a name out there. Let me think. Bin Laden! He’s a celebrity right? I’d like to take him out, I don’t know if he’s a celebrity but that’s a good answer I guess.

RN: What bands made you want to join a band?
S: Slayer, Metallica, Agnostic Front, Kromags, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath.

RN: Are you happy with the way the new record’s been received?
S: Yeah, definitely. So far it’s been doing really well. It’s been accepted everywhere by a lot of different people than the last record when we had our core audience. This album’s been exposed a lot more since we signed to universal going back to the first question everything’s so much more pushed in the marketing and the advertising, it’s really out there a lot more and a lot of kids who would have never gotten into us five years ago now can you know what I mean.

RN: Do you think that the hardcore scene is as lifeless as everybody thinks?
S: No, not at all. It goes through phases, just like anything, it comes and it goes y’know. Sometimes it’s there and it’s so powerful and there’s a thousand kids at every show for like a whole two years and then everybody drops out and a few people stay and they carry through the dry spell and right now in Connecticut I reckon it’s doing really well, in New York it’s doing well but it goes through it’s droughts just like everything else but I don’t think it’s dead, I think if anything there’s a lot of really great bands out especially from our area and a lot of bands who’ve been breaking up like Earth Crisis broke up and Mad Ball broke up, but for the bands that are breaking up there are still younger kids that are carrying the torch and are new to it that I think will come around like Death Threat and 100 Demons from Connecticut who I think are going to carry the torch for bands that are breaking up. For every band that’s breaking up and you think it’s dying there are still bands that are out there playing that aren’t getting the recognition that they deserve yet, but they will so I don’t think it’s a dead scene at all it’s very much alive.

RN: Are you excited about the Ozzfest?
S: Yeah, definitely. The order on the second stage is Sugar then us then Down so that’s pretty cool. I’m into Sugar, I’m into Down and I’ll be totally into playing in between those two bands, I’m real excited. I’m a big Zack Wilde fan so I get to watch him twice a night so it’ll be cool.

RN: What’s the worse thing about touring?
S: The worst thing about touring? I dunno, I really like it. I love it. I dunno, I’d say the worst thing about touring, I can’t think of anything bad about it, it’s the best thing in the world. It’s better than a day job any day so you take the good with the bad. Maybe you get a little homesick once in a while but other than that I wouldn’t trade it for the world, there’s really not too much wrong with it.

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