High Roller Records / Soulfood
Andreas Sandberg. Does that name ring a bell? Well, Andreas used to sing for Swedish metal/crossover masters DR: LIVING DEAD but had to leave the band because of other commitments. “I left the band mainly cause I needed to focus on full time studies,” explains Andreas. “I realized that I could not promise to focus 100% on the band during my future studies. It would have been meaner if I stayed in the band and were forced to cancel important gigs because of that.”
As you might have already guessed not long ago Andreas Sandberg formed a band of his own: NEGATIVE SELF. One look at the fantastic artwork and it is clear for all to see that NEGATIVE SELF also seem to have been influenced a fair bit by metal/hardcore crossover legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. “I am absolutely a huge fan of the band since I was a teenager, and still am,” confesses Andreas Sandberg.
Talking about the band’s debut album "Negative Self" Andreas explains: “For us, it's a mix of everything we like: punk, hardcore, metal, melodic stuff, whatever the end result. We are really satisfied with the final outcome. It's crossover. A mixture of different genres that we like.”
It would be just too easy to compare NEGATIVE SELF with DR. LIVING DEAD, there surely are differences in songs such as “Back On Track”, “Call It Depression” and the catchy “No Tomorrow”. For one, the guitar work of Tor Nyman is really outstanding, very technical as well. “Tor has played in a lot of bands before,” says Andreas Sandberg. ”He is fast. Sometimes I get really scared of him when he reaches light speed. I'm happy I am surrounded by fast people. I like fast stuff.”
Bass player Frank Guldstrand himself has produced the nine tracks of "Negative Self".
1. Back on track
2. Another year
3. Self-destruct...The pain never ends
4. Dancing with the dead
5. My own company
6. Tied down
7. No tomorrow
8. Call it depression
9. Negative self