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Hardcore Superstar debut in Australia

Magnus –  “Adde’ Andreasson of Sweden’s street metal hell-raisers Hardcore Superstar is pumped, despite pulling an all-nighter of partying. Wearily drawling down the phoneline at an offensively “early” hour, the skinsman has a peripheral ace hiding in the depths of his throat when I ask what is left to achieve during his time with the band. “I want to sleep with a kangaroo. That’s the last thing; then I’ve done everything. It’s the last thing – really – on my list.”

Hailing from Gothenburg Sweden, Hardcore Superstar is a band that has been trudging the metal highway for over a decade. Forming in 1997, the band rocketed to fame on the back of their official international debut album Bad Sneakers and a Pina Colada under the English label Music for Nations in 2000 and thus began the metal slog while picking up Swedish Grammy nominations and supports for the likes of AC/DC and MotíƒÆ’킶rhead along the way. Plucked for the masses with a back-catalogue of influences ranging from Slayer, Guns n’ Roses and MíƒÆ’킶tley CríƒÆ’킼e, Hardcore Superstar has generated a breed of sound that stakes claim to a bevvy of styles at its disposal.

Hardcore Superstar glorifies smutty hair metal of the early 80s and beefs it up with rawer drives from sleaze punk, rock and thrash. The results suggest that the band has nailed a finely tuned tank of grating guitar energy and bottom-end hooks to whet the appetites of any sweat-drenched crowd. Subsequently, you could even predict that Hardcore Superstar is a byproduct of a generation long-gone or an uncertain music scene that is now walking a fine line between originality and rehashed sounds.

Either way, Hardcore Superstar embodies one crucial factor that has been forgotten by some of today’s younger bands – motivation. Hardcore Superstar’s album Dreamin’ in a Casket, released in November last year, echoes this aesthetic, while retaining an edgy outcome devoid of over-the-top polished after-effects. “The album was written in between gigs from the last album,” Adde confirms. “We had like a thousand ideas for this album and what we really wanted to do was try to combine thrash metal and street metal and try to make it work, you know? In theory we tried to make it work off stage because we just love that energy of thrash metal; we still love that street metal of course.”

For a band that fuels itself with intrinsic determination and direction, Hardcore Superstar is obliging to a frame of mind that dispenses any notion the band is a greedy rock commodity blinded by dollar signs. “What we really wanted to do was keep it simple; try to see it on stage. All the sounds you hear from the audience and when you listen to a band is what kept our focus and this album has become what you want to see from an audience [perspective]. This is the most fun album to play, that’s all I can say. Previous albums have been pretty much like lots of energy and us writing non-stop for 24 hours. This album is so much like... we just love to play every song. It kind of started on the [self-titled] album. We pretty much wanted to exaggerate that kind of vibe.

”[ Dreamin in a Casket ] is actually about...stop day-dreaming and just make something out of your day. It’s like, stop dreaming and do what you want to do and live your life to the full. That’s what dreamin’ in the casket is because dreamin’ in a casket is like lots of people that I know – they think about all this stuff they can do but they don’t do it. That’s what the title is all about. Music is like a positive thing, you know?” Is it fair to say that this is a philosophy which has kept Hardcore Superstar going? “Oh yeah. The music drive is like this band. It’s very incredible. I’ve never seen a band with so much musical drive through all the years and I’m just so happy to be in this particular band which is great!

“I guess it’s the vibe that we get from the music. It sounds so cheesy, so clichíƒÆ’í‚©, but it’s really all about the vibe, it really gets us going when we write a song we really like and that’s what it’s really all about for us. All the members in my band – we’ve been friends for so long. We grew up together, we have a lot of fights together and we’ve been through the whole ego thing together so it is really easy to spend my time in the bus with them because we’ve gone through all of these stages that you go through so. Basically, they’re my best friends – makes it easy.”

Hardcore Superstar has made a killing in Sweden over the years and continues to accelerate their enthusiasm and work ethic across the wider globe. “It’s really, really easy because we go on stage and it’s really a battle! We always have so much responsibility to do a really good show. The first thing we discuss when we come off stage is –  “how bad were we?’ or –  “were we good?’ We always do our best which can be kind of hard. If you really, really do your best then you can still get shit from the other guys in the band. It can be kind of hard.”

With tours of Europe and the U.S already under their belts, Australia has eluded Hardcore Superstar. Now, Australia gets its chance. Over the course of ten years, Adde must have more things to achieve in this crazy music world other than sleeping with kangaroos. “The best show we can ever do in Australia. I can guarantee we will give you 100% that we’ve got and if you don’t like that, then, we’d have to go all the way back home and feel ashamed! We can’t wait to get to Australia.”

Dreamin’ in a Casket is available through Bleed Records. Be sure to check out Hardcore Superstar when they hit our shores.

Friday February 1 – The Gaelic Theatre, Sydney

Saturday February 2 – The HiFi, Melbourne