Episode 287: Craig Setari


Sick Of It All bassist Craig Setari stopped by Going Off Track to discuss playing in New York Hardcore’s most legendary bands such as SOIA, The Cro-Mags, Straight Ahead, Agnostic Front and Creep Division. We also discuss what it was like playing CBGB when he was 14 years old, his love of boxing and why he’d rather be riding ATVs upstate than busting heads in the pit. “When I first went to shows in the early ’80s it was punks and skins but by the late ’80s it had already expanded quite a bit, a lot of suburban kids were into it and it grew a lot,” Setari says when asked to look back on the legendary era when he started coming into Manhattan from Queens to see shows. “The whole hardcore scene in New York was a great thing for me all the way through, there were a few years when it was a bit cloudy but I was always drawn to it, you know?” Along the way we discuss some of Setari’s favorite Motown basslines, the influence of hip-hop on the hardcore scene and what it was like seeing a local band called Anthrax play some of their first shows in his old neighborhood. You’ve heard other interviews with Setari but believe us when we tell you that those only scratch the surface. (Sorry, Craig.)