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Negatives (Swe)
25/10/2002



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

We was formed in 1999, inspired by the new Swedish and foreign bands who shows that punkrock was on the uprise again. The most of us ain´t no newcomers, we have all played in punkbands since the early eighties. You can find members from the Swedish eighties punkbands Bristles, Existenz and D.T.A.L. but also from the nineties crustband Shitbreed and from the skaband The Skalatones. But fuck them, now we´re here and we are ready to blast our streetstyle punk onto the world. Another reason for that we get together The Negatives was that I heard the two latest albums by Agnostic Front, The Swedish bands VOAG and Bombshell Rocks and the latest Business album "The Truth…", Rancid and of course the great Dropkick Murphys and I was very inspired by these bands and want to play Punk again.

The Line-Up:
Jyrki Siikaluoma - Vocals
Måe Malmsten - Lead Guitar
Markus Wibom - Drums
Michael "Svegis" Svegbrandt - Bass
Dennis Jönsson - Guitar

Discography.

We have released a split pic. 7"/CD-single, with the German band Electric Hellclub, on the German label TRASH 2001 in 2001. We have two tracks on it, Insubordination and Ready Steady Go. Recorded in Sweden…

Our debut album "Rules And Regulations" are released the 31, August 2002 on Trash 2001 Rec. and recorded in 8 1/2 days in the KS-studio in Bottrop, Germany. It´s 12 songs on it.

If you were writing a review about the Negatives, how would you describe the band?

The inspiration comes mainly from 77-84 punk, but we're trying to give it a style of our own without forgetting our roots. Our lyrics handles topics such as living in the society today, greed of power and other things we hate or dislikes.

I think you can say that we play an sort of Streetpunk but I don't like all these names for punkmusic… it's aggressive but the music isn't too fast, we try to keep the tempo down a bit but there's power to it anyway…and of course we're also influenced by today's bands…

Where do you find the inspiration for your lyrics and do you find it hard to write them in English rather than your native language?

We find the inspiration to the lyrics in our everyday life and our wiev of the society today, yesterday and the what the future has to bring…no problems with the english language, we learn it almost from the begibbibg in the school, it´s on the scheme in school so most of the Swedes have a good control of the english language.

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

Our favourite-songs is by these bands

DENNIS:
Best 77 band: Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers
Best 80-90 band: Exploited, GBH
Best 90-present: Driller Killer
All-time Favourite punkband: Ramones
Other Favourite band: Nasum, Napalm Death, Alice In Chains, Turbo Negro, Motorhead, Nashville Pussy, Entombed, At The Gates, Skitsystem, Danzig, Gluecifer

MICHAEL:
Best 77 band: Pistols, Clash, Sham 69, Slaughter & The Dogs, UK Subs + 100's more.
Best 80-90 band: Exploited, GBH, Business, 4-Skins + 100's more
Best 90-present: Dropkick Murphys, Business, Agnostic Front, Rancid, L.F. & The Bastards
All-time Favourite punkband: 77 bands, cos it was when everything started and you have this bands closest to your heart but Sex Pistols make it happen!
Other Favourite band: Swedish bands like Ebba Grön, KSMB, VOAG, Bombshell Rocks, a lot of Skabands like Specials, Madness, Skatalites, Toasters, DR Ring Ding + 100's more

MÅE:
Best 77 band: Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers
Best 80-90 band: GBH, Discharge
Best 90-present: Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, VOAG
All-time Favourite punkband: Discharge
Other Favourite band: Entombed

JYRRKI:
Best 77 band: Sex Pistols, Clash, Dead Boys, Slaughter & The Dogs
Best 80-90 band: Peter & The Test Tube Babies, UK Subs, GBH, Exploited, Social Distortion
Best 90-present: Social Distortion, Rancid, Business
All-time Favourite punkband: Sex Pistols
Other Favourite band: Dog's D'amour, Hanoi Rocks, Tyla, Cult

MARKUS WIBOM
Best 77 band: Sex Pistols, Clash
Best 80-90 band: Cock Sparrer, Business
Best 90-present Rancid, Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys
All-time favorite punkband: Rancid
Other Favourite band: SUBLIME, nofx, Wolfpack, Soilwork, Lagwagon, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Terror 2000, H2O


Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what?

Borstal Breakout, Dead Cities, Suspect Device

Do you still go and see other punk/oi bands when they play in your area? If so, what was the last band you saw and were they any good?

Business was the last one, sorry to say but the punkbands don´t play in Scandinavia anymore, don´t know why?


What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

Most of the punks play in bands that for sure. Here is a lot of helps if you wanna get rehersal-rooms cheap, borrow equipment etc…So I can say it's easy to have a band here in Sweden but the scene is SHITE. With so many bands there should be a great live-scene but maybe the most people are interest with their own band so they don't care about other bands, I really don't know!!!???

Here isn't a big rock/pop scene either, so that's says it all. We just have 8 millions population spread all around this big country. Here aren't so many labels either.

Most Swedes band is on foreign labels. Burning Heart haven't signed a punkband for ages. There most interest at the moment is to promote bands like Hives, INC, Division Of Laura Lee, which's a real pity. I think they have a responsible to give out new fresh Swedish punk. As they are a big label that had a lot of punkbands before they really should sign new Swedish punkbands, there last signing of punkbands was VOAG and Bombshell. But Mr Brett and Epitaph own 49% of the stockings now so I don't what's up?

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2002.

We gonna do two small Tours in Germany this autumm….continue to promote our new album…

Any final comments?

Take care out there in this crazy world and try to survive and we hope to get around your neighbourhood soon for a gig.

Don´t forget your roots and keep up the good work.


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