|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
Patrice Mariani: CROSSBREED was born at the end of 1999. I
met Raffi (guitarist) at school when I was 16 years old. We had a
mutual concept: creating a brutal homogeneous and coherent entity.
We've played together in a band named Disaster Drop during 5 or 6
years. After a while some members chose to go away. They didn't believe
in what we tried to do, then we got in touch with Yohann (Bassist).
He played in an extreme punk rock Band. We knew he listened to bands
like Converge, Neurosis, Vader, Nasum. So, we proposed him to do something
more violent than he was playing. Simon (drums) is from Kickback.
We needed someone getting another vision of hard music. Here was the
line up. I think CROSSBREED is literally a "product of blend."
2. How would
you describe your music?
Patrice Mariani: I haven't a real understanding of our brand
music. With this stuff we just would play with nerves and mental strains.
We would like to get them, rot them, spit them, vomit over, and serve
account in a spittoon that was already useful aiming to infect you
with brutal songs without likely give and take. I think it's a bad
delusion, a nightmare we preferred forgetting. You should keep your
eyes closed, if we accomplished this we will be proud.
3. What are your biggest influences?
Patrice Mariani: We like bands as Converge, Torn apart, Luddite
Clone, Will Haven, Neurosis, Nostromo from Swiss or Ananda from France
we're working on a new project and I can tell you today that it should
be more extreme than "The Stamp of Hate."
4. What influence do you think your bands has in music and
Patrice Mariani: We would be proud to say that we influence
some Bands but I think we only influence milk-cows of middle west
today. Maybe United states will open us its door??.. of cheese production?..
5. Are any band members
in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about
Patrice Mariani: Simon plays with Kickback. They record their
last 6 tracks CD with Ed Rose (Coalesce). In Europe, some people look
for a certain likeness with this band. Bullshit.We're trying to develop
in each one of our songs a coherent and entire concept. Chaos's concept.
We're glad to be compared with kickback, but I personally think we
don't get the same project. We're playing another kind of sound. Maybe
hatred and fury join our two different line up. I don't know.
If some people think it is justified. I let them with their beliefs.
6. How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours
and became very well known?
Patrice Mariani: I will be bound to strangulate their leader
with a guitar string. Personally I would be very pleased (To asphyxiate
him!). No. sincerely. I think it will mean our music will have been
gratified. We wouldn't be converted into prosperous Big Mac men with
a lot of dollars in our sockets. We're trying to do what we enjoy
doing. I hope we'll may influence others bands. Anyway our stuff is
protected by applicable laws!
7. What current bands do you like or respect?
Patrice Mariani: I think we respect bands believing in what
they do. Personally I respect bands like Ananda, Converge or Coalesce,
Eighteen Visions (a fuckin band!)
8. How many demos/albums do
you have? Tell me about them!!
Patrice Mariani: TWO: the first release was a 6 tracks demo
named "Time to Ascend". I can tell you today that it was
a really big piece of shit!!!! It was rather "Time to Fall!!!!!"
And the second, a 6 tracks CD "The Stamp of Hate" with a
different line up, another concept.
9. What demo/album do you like the best?
Patrice Mariani: I Like the last split Converge/Agoraphobic
Nosebleed, Slayer "Divine Intervention" and the two latest
Neurosis.. a revelation!
10. What is the meaning behind the songs?
Patrice Mariani: I think we don't really get intentions. Just
put on a good snap in your head. Our own music is like a game in which
there are no rules and referees. It's not made to set you in a good
mood. It is made to point you out, all the shit taking place in our
poor life. It's made to remember you that you are the only author
of it. It's made to help each one of us to remember that we are an
impending big shit full of greed.
11. What are
the bands favorite songs?
Patrice Mariani: I think we take pleasure to play "The
Stamp of Hate" even if the text is not really what it should
be. I think it is a deep song, cynical, just enough to remember what
kind of shits we are.
does the future hold for the band?
Patrice Mariani: NONE. It's not an impression! Paris is full
of pseudo-hardcore gang banger watching Us bullshits series. That's
why Crossbreed gets a lot of support nowhere! Sometimes we do good
shows, its infrequent! Having spent the majority of our time doing
fucking jobs, we felt the strong desire to step up to the mic with
brutal vocals and mobilize an outfit that would truly represent our
own ideas. But we witnessed that Paris underground scene is a fucking
horse's shit. We have to play out to feel good vibes. We truly fuck
pseudo-unity hardcore scene. Just an huge band of hypocrites in baggies
13. If you
could play with any band who would it be and why?
Patrice Mariani: Metallicaaaaaa..Slaaaaayeeeer..Suicidal tendencies,
money,money, seriously I don't know. I'm sorry.
14. Who writes the majority of
Patrice Mariani: Raffi (guitarist) and me (Patrice vocals)
some next songs will be in French, I think?..arrgggghhh!!!..Maybe
you know we produced our stuff?.No!!!? so, now you know Jeffrey. We
hadn't enough money to pay a good engineer and recording in a big
studio. Moreover we wanted our stuff sounds not like the others. We
sought something different and we think we'll find it in our own home
studio. In city we live up till now. So we also wrote the majority
of our songs at Drop Prod studio and I have the honor of engineering
15. Who has been the favorite band you've
played with and why?
Patrice Mariani: I think it was with a unknown Belgium hardcore
band named Sad Origin (really sad). We've done a really violent show,
but we were literally full of beer!!! After the show I remember I
had strangulated a poor victim of my collapse with a microphone cable,
a very sad gig.
16. Where did you get the band name from?
Patrice Mariani: I think it was in the decomposition of a big
horse's shit. I was looking at this beauty and I got a divine vision,
falling from the sky, Crossbreed! Seriously I've seen Crossbreed in
defecation! Sincerely I think it was in my preferred dictionary.
If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?
Patrice Mariani: My dog, My red fish.
We just would like a lot of naked girls with big ass and pretty faces.
We're not tough guys. Take my hand and I'll give them the worst willingly.
We divide evenly at all.
18. Are there any touring plans
made; if so tell me about them?
Patrice Mariani: Just some dates in Europe ( France, Belgium
and Germany). We're working more on our album. More chaotic than ever!!!
It should be published by a French Underground Label named Mafia Underground.
We get the same concept about production. We should work with these
people. They are true with themselves and definitely with others.
Where do you think the band will be 20 years from now?
Patrice Mariani: I think we'll feed worms; Maybe our names
will be carved on our tomb!