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Thursday, June 13, 2002
 
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

12 Questions
Still full of Soul

SOIA brings home the veggie bacon after all these years

Nipples nices, boobs better

Bad "Bitch"

Suzanne North: Canada's Nancy Drew

Vegas: a winning bet

Killer solves the Mystery

MacIssac fiddles with his fate

SOIA brings home the veggie bacon after all these years

By Grant Donaldson
Gazette Staff

New York City has always had a reputation as one of the most hardcore cities in the world and no band better exemplifies that tradition than Sick of It All.

The "Kings of New York Hardcore" have sat atop their throne for over 15 years and show no signs of bowing out.

"It always seems that we're pushing it a little bit further," says the band's drummer Armand Majidi. "I think that we feel as though we've never really said it all."

With over a decade of albums under their belt, one might think that a change of attitude would occur. However, nothing could be further from the truth. SOIA continues to dish out the same tight, driving sound and brutally emotional lyrics which brought them to the forefront of the hardcore scene.

"I don't think the message has changed, we're still just a bunch of malcontents and we're the types that are never really happy with anything," Majidi explains. "The world always gives you something new to complain about."

While taking pride in remaining true to themselves in an ever-changing industry, the band members continue to grow as individuals.

Majidi has a wife and two children and, while he claims that family life has not taken any toll on the band, he admits his views have been slightly altered.

"The family thing has definitely made me concentrate on what's important and I do have a different approach to things – I have mouths to feed. I have to go out there and bring home the veggie bacon."

Vegetarianism is another progression that has occurred in Majidi's life during his time in the band. He has been a vegetarian for six years and a vegan for about two years. He says being on the road in so many different places can make it difficult to think about being vegan, but he is always able to accommodate his lifestyle choice.

"It's funny," Majidi says. "The Polish hardcore scene right now is all about veganism. There's this huge movement, but it's almost impossible to get a vegetarian meal over there."

While individual members of the group adjust to their personal growth, much of the worldwide longevity of SOIA as a whole can be attributed to their success at being themselves.

When asked which parts of the world are particularly exciting to play, Majidi is quick to reply. "I always say Germany because the German crowds really understand what we do and that we're not a band that relies on image to sell ourselves. They appreciate us for who we are."

Majidi admits that not everywhere in the world is as understanding, especially in England and his native United States.

"Sometimes it's hard for them to understand us," he laments, explaining the band is sometimes a harder sell in those particular countries because the public is more focused on image.

Regardless of the desire of western culture for finely crafted musical icons to worship, SOIA has used their own abilities and hard work to rise to the top, gaining legendary status in the hardcore scene.

"It's kind of strange because people call us living legends a lot of the time," Majidi says. "But the problem is, whatever kind of status people put upon you doesn't necessarily mean that you have achieved something great."

The group has achieved greatness, both as musicians and people, and their status as legends is well-deserved. It is undoubtedly clear that SOIA will continue to rock the world of hardcore and remain a source of inspiration.

Long live the kings.

Sick of It All plays at 6 p.m. at Call The Office Sunday, Jun. 23. Call 432-2263 for ticket information.


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