|Interview with bassist Dave Sandstrom!
Interview done October 28th, 2006.
PATHOGEN HAS BEEN AROUND FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS NOW. CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF
HISTORY OF THE BAND SO FAR? HOW YOU GUYS FORMED? ANY PREVIOUS BANDS
MEMBERS WERE IN BEFORE OR SIDE PROJECTS?
as they only had one which was Aidan Barton. We were soon joined by my friend Louis Dunstan as the new
bassist & with Gavin Irving on drums & Tim Patterson doing vocals. Already we started writing for our
"NIGHTFALL" demo. This was the core that made PATHOGEN what it is today. Unfortunately, this line up
didn't last long. Due to numerous reasons & after many line up changes, including me changing to bass in 1998,
we started recording our debut in 2002. We went through two singers during that time & finally we were blessed
with Mike Lenane as screamer. Glenn Dyson (Soundworks Touring) on rhythm guitar. Ben Mazzaroi has just
started with us on drums, Aiden on leads & myself on bass.
WHY WAS THE NAME
PATHOGEN CHOSEN AS
THE BANDS NAME?
The name funnily enough, was
chosen by Aiden while he was
studying for an exam in high
school. He thought it was cool.
HOW YOU BEST DESCRIBE
THE STYLE & SOUND OF
Our style & sound could best be
described as high energy
melodic groove Metal. We aren't
ashamed of letting the ballad
shine through either as acoustic
guitars play a big part of our
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME IMPACT OR INFLUENCE ON YOU CREATING YOUR MUSIC OR
JUST IN LIFE IN GENERAL?
Music & life I would say has the biggest impact on the creation & inspiration of PATHOGEN. Listening to bands
like OPETH bring forth a strive for majestic elegance & life shows you the harsh reality that underlines
DO YOU PLAY ANY OTHER INSTRUMENTS BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY IN THE BAND? ARE YOU
As mentioned earlier, I also play guitar & a little bit of drums. Totally self taught though. It was tabs all the way!
You learn by listening & watching others.
YOU'RE NEWEST ALBUM THAT I HAVE IS "BLOODLINE" WHICH WAS RELEASED IN 2005 BY
PRIME CUTS MUSIC. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH THEM? HOW HAS IT BEEN
WORKING WITH THEM?
Heh Heh, PRIME CUTS is Glenn Dyson's label & with him being in the band... You get the picture. Real easy to
HOW WELL HAS THE ALBUM BEEN DOING IN THE UNDERGROUND MUSIC SCENE?
Don't know...But people are always saying how they still listen to it. So I think it'll stand the test of time.
WHICH OF YOUR SONGS IS YOUR FAVORITE & WHY? WHICH SONG WOULD YOU SAY BEST
REPRESENTS PATHOGEN & WHY?
My favorite song to play live is "Identity Theft". This song was the last one written for the album & definitely
shows the signs of maturity & diversity that we want in our music.
IS THERE ANY NEWER MATERIAL RELEASED OR IN THE
WORKS? WILL THIS BE PUT OUT BY PRIME CUTS MUSIC
As for newer material, we've just finished a new song that really
kicks ass. And have another two half written. The new stuff is
coming along nicely with the direction progressing from older songs
but staying true to our way of writing, ie, trying not to have such
structured verse, chorus, verse songs. Songs are stories, so should
take you somewhere, not in a circle. As for whether our next album
will be released on PRIME CUTS, not sure. Most likely unless
something else pops up.
DOES PATHOGEN PLAY OUT OFTEN? WHERE ARE SOME
OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED? WHO ARE SOME OF
THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
We don't play as often as we used to, with only a handful of shows
in our hometown a year. The rest we play in the eastern states,
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. We toured Australia with
CHILDREN OF BODOM last year, which was fucking awesome.
And recently we supported DARK TRANQUILITY (whom we
loved since they began) & ARCH ENEMY, which was a really
good show. In two weeks time we set off on the BLACK
DAHLIA MURDER Aussie tour, which I can't wait for.
WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR MORE MEMORABLE SHOWS & WHY?
Definitely when we supported OPETH was memorable. These guys have been huge influences for us, so chilling
out with them was really cool. They're so approachable.
ARE THERE ANY INTERESTING OR FUNNY BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE WITH US?
Hmmm, so many stories. The last time we were in Melbourne, Glenn & Aidan were smashed & looked for the
kitchen in the hostel we were staying at. They went through a wrong door & sprung this guy fucking his
pillow!!! That was pretty classic.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
I generally stick to Metal, but I do listen to a lot of other styles when the mood takes me. I love old Celtic music.
Been listening to Devin Townsend a lot lately. I love his perspective. Also KATATONIA, IN THE WOODS &
ARCTURUS are on my high rotation.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
JOBS, HOBBIES, ETC?
We all work when not playing, so that takes a lot of time. However I also train in Kung Fu a few times a week &
study mythology & the occult when I can. As for the other guys, not sure, though it probably involves a lot of
drinking. He he!!!
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU REMEMBER BUYING? WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT
YOU EVER WENT TO?
Fuck, the first album I remember buying was GUNS N ROSES "USE YOUR ILLUSION 1 & 2". And the first
concert I ever saw was METALLICA on their Where ever I May Roam tour. Fucking bets night!!!
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING NEXT FROM PATHOGEN?
Next from PATHOGEN will probably be a film clip that we shot for "Beyond Repent" a couple of months ago,
then more new songs for our next album.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING
BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW?
WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW
THAT IT'S DONE?
I was playing around with a
delay pedal I forgot I had before
I started this interview & now
that I finished, dunno, probably
get drunk & play some music.
THANX FOR DOING THE
INTERVIEW. FEEL FREE TO
ADD ANYTHING ELSE.
Hope that's enough for you to
work with, don't hesitate to
contact me if you need anything