Today’s Feature – August 9-10: Negative Space

August 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm (Today's Feature)

Its one thing to be an up and coming band that is compared to acts like The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Anberlin, Green Day and 3 Doors Down, and another to actually share the stage with them. It’s a whole other deal when these bands start publicly spreading their praise about you. But Negative Space, the 5-piece rock act out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania has heard some great critical reviews, including one from 3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson. He says, “This is a band with a deep sense of melody as well as a deep sense of songwriting. Throw some balls in for good measure and you get Negative Space.” The description doesn’t get much better.

Their new album, “Storylines” reflects exactly what you’d expect from it: the comings and goings, trials and tribulations of every band member, a collection of work that will find a way to relate to you, no matter how strict your musical palette is. The best part of the record is that the guys of Negative Space allow their melodies and insightful lyrics tell the story – they’re not trying to force anything on you. It’s music that’s there for you to judge for yourself. Frontman Josh Nice says “I think our material is able to connect with a lot of people, musically and lyrically, without being over the top… We’re just pretty honest with our approach. We’re not trying to fool anyone.”

There’s more you should know about “Storylines,” and again, it pertains to that little act called 3 Doors Down. The record was produced by 3DD producer, Kirk Kelsey, who immediately took Negative under his wing after his first sample of their talent. Check it out for yourself – these guys love the live show, with 2,000 already under their belts (including ones with Fuel, Lit, Eve 6, Breaking Benjamin, Saliva and Seether). They’ll tell you “it’s the type of live show that is better when you’re in the front row.” Check them out. And get into the XXQ’s to learn more.

XXQs: Negative Space (Josh Nice)

PensEyeView.com (PEV): Tell us about how you first jumped into becoming Negative Space? Was it an instant connection for the band?

Josh Nice (JN) of Negative Space: I was in college on break when I responded to ads for auditions. Some friends of mine, and even my little sister, were familiar with NS. My first impression was pretty positive because the personal vibe of the band members has always been nice.

PEV: Hailing from the small town of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, what kind of music where each of the members listening to growing up?

JN: All of us listen to different types of music, so our sound is actually quite a collaboration of our influences. Some different examples would be: Billy Joel, Crowded House, Rush, Ace Trouble Shooter, Pantera, Helmet, The Beatles, Sevendust, Huey Lewis and the News.

PEV: Tell us about your creative process. What kind of environment do you have to be in to write music?

JN: Personally, I’m best when something genuinely intense is going on in my life. Whether it is something that makes me sad, angry or strange, my best results come when life writes and inspires the story without me having to force it out.

PEV: Clocking in almost 2,000 live performances, what can fans expect from a live Negative Space show?

JN: We take a lot of pride in our live shows. We like re-creating the intimacy behind our songs through movement and interaction with an audience. We move around quite a bit. I’d say it’s the type of live show that is better when you’re in the front row.

PEV: Tell us about your first live performance as a band. How have you changed since that first show to where you are now?

JN: All of our first performances together may be a bit different, since we met at different times. But I remember my first show with the band: I was absolutely petrified, I didn’t move, and I wrote word-for-word everything I wanted to say to people. Thank God times have changed.

. PEV: What can fans expect from your latest full length album “Storylines?” What was the collaborative process for this album?

JN: We took quite a bit of time writing and recording this album. We’re proud of the fact that each member has contributed to the songs in one way or another. The difference between “Storylines” and our old material is that it’s more of a personal reflection of what we’ve been through as people and as a band. One can expect a great part of these experiences to show through the music. And, I think there’s one song on the album that everyone can identify with.

PEV: How is this album different from others out right now?

JN: We’re not the type of band who thinks our sound is going to start a musical revolution. However, I think our material is able to connect with a lot of people, musically and lyrically, without being cliche or over the top (like a lot of modern pop or rock music may do). We’re not a “tech” band or a “boy” band. We’re just pretty honest with our approach. We’re not trying to fool anyone.

PEV: How would you describe the sound of Negative Space?

JN: Our music is high-energy rock, driven by vocal hooks and guitars, currents of punk and emotional rock throughout. I’ve heard some people compare us to Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Anberlin, or even say we’re a cross between Green Day and 3 Doors Down.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Negative Space?

JN: The differences of musical taste between us maybe. I don’t think people would be surprised that most of us weren’t the most popular guys in our high schools.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

JN: I honestly never thought I’d be lucky enough to do what I do now. I’ve had a passion for it for as long as I can remember. I think the first time that I got the feeling I wanted it bad enough though was when I was in high school and I heard someone singing along to every word of one of my band’s songs. There’s not another feeling in the world like that.

PEV: What one word best describes Negative Space?

JN: Intensity.

PEV: How is life on the road for you? Best and worst parts?

JN: The best part of the road is being able to challenge myself as an artist and a person through interaction with my band mates. The worst part is the challenges as an artist and a person I face on the road interacting with band mates.

PEV: In all your travels, which has been your favorite city to play (US or International)?

JN: There’s no place like home… Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success?

JN: I have been blessed with friends and family that have been supportive of me from the very beginning. They’re always asking how its going, coming out to shows, or even buying CDs when they don’t need to. I couldn’t do any of this without them.

PEV: What can we find the members of Negative Space doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

JN: Anything from working with charities, working on cars, watching tons of movies, to eating at new places, learning about computers, and spending time with loved ones.

PEV: Which artist would be your dream collaboration? Why?

JN: There are too many to name!

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for?

JN: I have been a personal fan of a band called “The Mint”, another rock band from our area, for quite some time now. I believe one of their songs was just featured on an MTV show. You should look them up on http://www.myspace.com/themintonline.

PEV: Tell us the story behind the name Negative Space?

JN: It is a common art term. I think it may have been picked out randomly.

PEV: Ten years down the road, where will the band be?

JN: It depends on who you ask!

PEV: So, what is next for Negative Space?

JN: Our plans are to market and tour on the album we just released, and hopefully grab some support in major markets. We just love to be able to make a living doing what we love. I may run for president, though.

For more information on Negative Space, check out www.myspace.com/negativespace

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