Hardcore Superstar Drummer Magnus "Adde" Andreasson Discusses New Album "Beg For It"
Sleazy glam metallers Hardcore Superstar recently saw the release of “Beg For It,” their seventh full-length album and first through Nuclear Blast. Drummer Magnus "Adde" Andreasson, who has been with the band since their inception in 1997, discussed recording the new album and the sounds that have influenced their music throughout their career.
Adde: My brother used to say to me that if I’m bad ass I’ll listen to AC/DC. I was 5 years old then. He was proud, to say the least, when we opened up for them in our hometown a couple of years back. I met the Jocke (vocalist Joakim "Jocke" Berg) when I was 12 years old and we started a band called Major Nasty Assholes. Martin joined three years later and we started to call our band LINK. Thomas joined in ‘98. That´s when we started to call our band Hardcore Superstar.
Hardcore Superstar may hail from that legendary Swedish city of Gothenburg, but they definitely couldn’t be compared to At The Gates. The members of the band create a persona that calls to mind the big names from the ‘80s, and their sound has more in common with glam than with melodic death metal.
Adde: We grew up in the 80´s and fell in love with sleaze and thrash. We always thought those two styles came from the gutter. Both styles had a mix of punk and rock. We loved that. We used to hang out and skate in those days and listen to music while riding the half pipe. We didn´t care about the war going on between thrashers and posers.
The band’s latest release “Beg For It” picks up where the previous “Dreamin In A Casket” left off, continuing their sound for more sleazy rock goodness. The title track from “Beg For It” and the song “Into Debauchery” can be found at the Hardcore Superstar MySpace page. Adde explained what the differences are between the albums and where the recording took place.
Adde: Nothing really. Me and Martin always meet before and go through our ideas and when we have enough material we bring in Jocke and now our new guy Vic to finish it with them. We produced it. We recorded it at In Flames studio which was great. They have this big ass studio with nice acoustics in the recording rooms. It´s just heaven to cut drums there because the room is made for that.
Adde’s response about the content of the lyrics on the album was simple and to the point.
Adde: Mental illness, women, party and what we see when we´re on tour.
The track “Into Debauchery” also saw a music video release, which can be found at this location. Adde briefly discussed the shooting for the video.
Adde: We filmed it with this guy because he´s very much into skateboarding? And Suicidal Tendencies. That’s why he got the job. I think it´s good. Good energy.
Hardcore Superstar saw a lineup change in its recent history, parting ways with guitarist Thomas Silver last year and replacing him with Vic Zino.
Adde: Thomas was not into it anymore and he´s not interested in playing anymore. He started to show these sign a long time ago but he stayed around like a soldier. He´s in his bed now and feeling relaxed. Vic is a DAMP kid just like me. Full of energy. He knew that me and Martin wrote all the songs and he did not want to change that. He liked us even before he knew us and loved the idea of combining big choruses with hard riffs.
In support of their new album Hardcore Superstar will be performing a series of European tour dates this October and November.
Adde: That´s our European tour coming up and we´ll take with us a band called Avatar. We´ll do a short break from Europe in Nov to go to Brazil and do some dates there.
Adde also shared with me his latest picks for the album he’s spinning the most.
Adde: I love the latest from Melvins "Nude with Boots.” Been digging out my old Faith No More vinyls and they are still as good. Repulsion, Terrorizer and a lot of AC/DC of course.
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