Psychedelic-industrial music, crazy noises and hysterical speech - you find all of this on the new album by Selber. It is music for anyone with mental problems and for anyone who is able to listen to this kind of “anti-music”. This is a record for those who don’t like mainstream but very unconventional music. But we recommend anyway to listen to this record because it is worth it and your roof will fly away...
(translated by Denis Liadov)
The Original Sin
I really like the idea behind the Swiss band as this DIY in the widest
sense as even the name refers to it!Selber is Silvano`s( one of the three
members! ) sister who used to shout "I want to do it myself" and inspired
by that classic note Silvano,Roger and Rafi started jamming in 1996 with
playing music that is inspired by industrial hardcore and industrial punk,
but that were their roots as their current sound has nothing to do with it
(except the spirit).Selber play a sort of indus noise that has a lot to do
with the sound Einstürzende Neubauten were making in their "Haus Der
Lüge"area.In fact,Selber is a sort of project as all three members do play
in a band outside Selber which has nothing to do with the style Selber are
making and it wouldn`t wonder me at all if Selber could be seen as a sort
of catharsis for their souls and succsess is really that doesn`t interest them
at all as according to themselves selling 100 copies would allready be a
success!Well, at least they`re not pretending to change the world and they
are sober enough to realize that their music is one of the most
individualistic styles that can be played.Selber are in my opinion the kind
of band who are capable of writing very interesting noisethings that
probably will stay unnoticed because DIY immediately indicates that it
will be heard by a small audience.A shame or godsend?I`m affraid I will
never find the answer but if you are into anarchistic noise-music with an
electronic and avantgardistic undertone Selber must be something for you!
(Didier Becu,Original Sin, April 2002)
Visions, october 1999
"Toxic Delicacies" is the demo of the cranky swiss trio Selber called and the band does in fact sound like the hobby of three slightly disturbed students of medicine on drugs and after too many dissections: hauling riffs that just can about haul themselves over the finishing-line, handcrafted loops and beats from the clinical pure "sick weirdo"-departement and there's a feeble-minded-morbid breeze of doom abroad the whole record. Especially succinct is Silvano Cerutti's recitative-singing that sounds like the waste-product of the attempt to mix the genetic material of a mountain-goat on heat with Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld's semen. Sick stuff for sick people but thrilling.
(Pretty good a critic hitting the nail on the head. We say thanx politely.)
Zillo, juli/august 1999
Selber "Toxische Delikatessen"
Ok, we know Rammstein is not simply a phenomenon of east-germany at the lastet since their succsess in America. But a Swiss band barking up this tree too is surprising. The three Swiss citizens play on this record the role of a miniature Rammstein and present six neat and melancholy songs that remind especially but not only because of Silvano Cerutti's style in singing of Till and Co. Doesn't have much to do with my life but is well done.
(Dear Carsten this must be a misunderstanding. Just because Silvano knows some deeper grunts too it doesn't make our sound similar to Rammstein. And for all you sick "new german hardness"-bastards hoping you can rely on us with your pervert Nazi-thoughts: FUCK OFF! Any questions?)
Neue Zuger Zeitung, 11/30/1998
About the Zug based supportingband Selber one can only say: they're keeping faith with themselves and still practise the same unbelievable haunted sound of sampling-pieces, guitartrash and swearing at the audience in sophisticated german. Singer Silvano Cerutti cannot or doesn't want to sing so he recites, guitarist Raffael plays the grimly macho but has to laugh from time to time, sampler-player Roger bewitches with dub- and subbasses and cannot decide himself between squeaking and classical music. We take the stock: music as recycling-thing that is thrown away by mistake.
Neue Zuger Zeitung, 11/24/1997
...And the audience was as choosy as ever. If it liked the Selber's gig? All eyes were on singer Silvano Cerutti's excentricity. He was taken great pain to make faces and to swear at the audience in german. A bellringer of Rock'n 'Roll one could suppose who opened with artificial german an arsenal of neurotic conditions you recognized - if you recognized them at all - in amusement. Intention?
Zuger Presse, 11/24/1997
...The next band Selber also wasn't able to attract a wider audience and the ones who were standing in the public didn't trust to approach the stage - in the first place because of singer Silvano Cerutti's wild acting. Musically he was supported by a guitarist and a man at the sampler who built together a soundcarpet on which the singer worked off consistently in german and neurotic. Cerutti's comments alone should have had a bigger public.