Hi, Jonne! What’s going on, how do you feel to go on stage again in some German cities - after the long brake for the record, new DVD…?
I’m already looking forward to get back there (Germany). We’ve played quite many shows now on “Karma Tour”, but I’m still really excited. German people are true friends of live music as well that’s one of the main reasons why we like to make tours over there.
Let us talk about your last album “Karma Killer”! In my personal opinion it's darker than the last one. Better word: heavier (great solo guitar parts). What do you think about it, after a couple of months since you released it?!
It shows development of a band. It’s straight as gay ;) We wanted to keep main bodies for the songs as straight as it was possible, but in the end there is a lot of stuff on it.
Dou you agree, if people say Negative use more G n´R- and Him-Style/riffs on “Karma Killer”; do you care about such reviews of the press or fans?
We have this certain melancholy tone in our music like these bands have. Common thing for us and these bands is that we all wanna create a big sound also. But I don’t care what people say or media writes about our style or music, as long as I’m sure how unique we are.
Please tell us some more about the lyrics/the songs of the last record, maybe about “Motherfucker”, “Sealed” and “Devil on my shoulder”?!
”Motherfucker” is a song for all tight mind parasites, it could be about me or about you when we have bad day and we are totally stuck with ourselves. “Devil…” is a brilliant live track like “Motherfucker”. Lyrically it’s a mixture of true life and fiction. “Sealed” was easy to write because Larry had already lyric idea for the chorus, so I just kept doing what he was started. I just followed what kind of feeling i got from that song, when I heard it for the first time.
Your DVD “In the Eye of the Hurricane”
was released in January -in your home country- and get big success. The rest of Europe has waiting for that until now, 28.11.08. What are the reasons to put over five hours of stuff for the fans? What was the main reason to release a DVD, after only three records (until then!)?
We were thinking that it’s a fair play for the fans to see our selves as we are. They keep following us from show to show and with what a passion, so it was an eye for an eye kind of a thing for them. There couldn’t be a better timing for that.
You’re really funny guys; we could see it also at the DVD! How do you feel if you see all the old stuff from 1997, ´98, ´00 - nowadays? Who has the idea to put it on a DVD - and give the FANS the private Negative people/stories - since the very young beginning?
It’s a good lesson about history of NEGATIVE for the people. It’s a bit weird to see you self on a screen at age of seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen in these days. It makes me realize how young I was when we started as a band. So; now when this DVD is out you can call us true life reality TV stars ;) just kidding I fucking hate that therm; seriously I do.
Do you have some more (very!) private stuff you couldn’t or wouldn’t release it at “In the Eye of the Hurricane”?
So many stories, but let’s save them for our children. You’ll find out somewhere in a future. We still got some stuff, but I think we’re not gonna use that. Cos` we film most of a time already new stuff...So we’ll see....
The concert on the DVD is more powerful as some of your songs on CDs. I know your liveshows are great. Now, on the DVD can ever body feel like he would/was self on the show in Finland! Do you agree - this was one of your best shows ever in your hometown? Are you surprised about the final cut of the show if you watch it today & do you miss Sir Christus?:-)
I gotta say it was a quite amazing night, but we had an even better in a same venue recently. I’ve seen that DVD only twice, and I’m fine with that it’s good for a start. Next DVD will be filmed in a stadium, till that there wont is another. And do I miss Chris? Sometimes as a friend yes, but not for the band.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming liveshows, greetz, Arthur.
Cheers, That’s all for folks now! -Jonne- http://www.negative.fi
08.12.2008 Hamburg - Markthalle
09.12.2008 Hannover - Musikzentrum
11.12.2008 Berlin - Columbia Club
12.12.2008 Leipzig- Anker
13.12.2008 Erfurt - Gewerkschaftshaus
14.12.2008 Dresden - Beatpol
15.12.2008 Bochum - Zeche
16.12.2008 Köln - Underground
17.12.2008 Stuttgart - Röhre
19.12.2008 Frankfurt - Batschkapp
20.12.2008 Karlsruhe - Substage
22.12.2008 München – Backstage