I am ashamed to say it but I don’t remember MINDLESS SINNER from back in the days. And I thought that I had a pretty darn good eye on the Swedish scene in the 80s. But hey, it is never too late. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Started out as a gang of five way back in 1981 Mindless Sinner hailing from Linköping, Sweden.
Playing around their hometown gaining and building up quite a good reputation as a band.
Scored a record deal in 1983 resulting in the “Master Of Evil” mini album released jan – 84 and the “Turn On the Power” album released jan- 86.
The record label Web Records/ Fingerprint didn’t show too much of an interest in the band so the collaboration ended in 1986.
Changed their name to just Mindless in 1987 after teaming up with a local record label Delta recording. The album “Missin’ Pieces” was released in jan -89 with the single “Heaven will know” taken from the album the band started to tour around Sweden to promote the album.
At that time there was to much struggle for the band in order to survive so the band split up at the end of 1990.
Fast forward to 2001 the band re-formed as Mindless Sinner to celebrate their 20th anniversary and played a gig at a local MC club nov 3rd 2001. That also resulted in a gig at the Motala Metal Festival 2002
After that the band disbanded again.
In 2003 Master Of Evil , Turn On The Power and Missin’ Pieces were released on CD for the first time. With lots of goodies and extra stuff.
In dec 2013 the band was asked to play at the Swedish festival Muskelrock 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Master Of Evil release and the band said yes. It was a huge success for the band and they gained some European dates to play in Spain, Germany, Greece and the UK.
The band also felt tempted to try and record some new stuff for a possible new album.
The result is a new record deal with Pure Steel Records and the new album will be released in the fall 2015.
2015 also saw the re-releases of Master Of Evil and Turn On The Power on both vinyl and CD.
The book is open, a new chapter and a new blank page for Mindless Sinner
Let’s see what the future will bring.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Well back in the day you had to have a name to fit your music. We had a few names before we settled with Mindless Sinner.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-We are old school so Judas Priest, Maiden , Saxon, Sabbath, Purple, Dio, Scorpions. You name it, that kind of metal was the shit and what made us pick up our instruments.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Digital is fine when it comes to reach out fast to the masses. But then again as old school you want the real deal. Vinyl or CD.
Is digital killing the album format?
-Yes it is cause people seem to think music is for free just cause it’s available on the net.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Well, a good cover can sell the album but a bad album can’t sell the cover 🙂 of course the cover will play a big part but if the music is shit it doesn’t matter what cover you use.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-I think that today playing live is the biggest and most important way to promote the band. But of course the digital way is fast and you can reach out to everybody but in the same way there’s a lot of bands out there trying to cut it big.
So maybe you get caught in the digital media stream or forgotten more easy in the digital media stream.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-We’re more like an underground band. We have never made it big in any sense but alot of people know who we are.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-It’s really hard for us to get the gigs but we’re trying to be out there as much as we can.
What will the future bring?
-Hard to say but more gigs, more recordings and more of everything.