Wayne Static, American Head Charge

Wayne Static

Wayne Static is the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, now forging a successful solo career.

Wayne Static is considered the Terminator of contemporary rock music with his signature blunt-force-trauma melding of industrial rock, thrash metal, and futuristic disco, which is nothing if not cybernetic. But when you look back at Wayne Static’s 14-year legacy, the comparison goes beyond the music; having weathered musical trends, survived lineup shifts, and even severed long-time creative partnerships to emerge as a streamlined metallic machine.

Wayne’s career started with Static-X and their breakthrough debut,
 Wisconsin Death Trip. Static-X has sold over three million records, and
 they’ve completed numerous successful world tours including three Ozzfests,
 The Family Values Tour and Gigantour.

Static’s recording history is most impressive starting with Cult Of Static 
released 2009, debuting at No. 16 on the Billboard charts and sold well over 
100,000 copies in its first cycle, while Cannibal, which was released April l
3, 2007, debuted at No. 36 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling more
 than 30,000 its first week out and solidifying the band’s place as one of
 metal’s pre-eminent artists. The album has gone on to sell more than
 160,000 copies.
Static-X first burst onto the metal scene in 1999 with their 
platinum-certified Warner Bros. debut, Wisconsin Death Trip, followed by the
 gold-certified Machine in 2001. From 2005’s Start A War onward, the quartet 
had grown tighter, busier, and more road-ready than ever. “Our touring just
 got stronger every year,” frontman Wayne Static says, “and our fans knew we
 were always going to deliver.”

In July 2007 he announced the beginning of a side project, Pighammer, but in a December 2007 interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Static stated: “The Pighammer thing will happen when I have time. At the moment though, Static-X will remain my main priority.”

Pighammer was finally realized and released on October 4, 2011, marking Wayne’s first solo effort. He formed his own backup band as part of the project, and it was this new lineup that would later tour 2012 as Static-X. Wayne confirmed that the former Static-X had disbanded in June 2013. According to Static, the disputes between himself and the band’s former bassist Tony Campos over the rights to the use of Static-X name have gone way too far, forcing him to disband the four-piece.

2014 commemorates the 15th anniversary of the platinum selling album, Wisconsin Death Trip, that brought fame and fortune to Wayne and the other members of Static X. As a gratuity to the fans, Wayne will be doing a world tour to celebrate the anniversary and playing the album from front to back, along with a few other hits, of course.
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American Head Charge

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE HAS RESURRECTED! Having survived severe addictions, countless tours, the major label minefield, and the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson, they have returned to create new music and decimate crowds across the globe. Following the 2007 deactivation of the band (due to reasons that aren’t terribly interesting), the classic line-up of vocalist Cameron Heacock, bassist Chad Hanks, keyboard player Justin Fowler, drummer Chris Emery and guitarist Karma Cheema is back! To solidify their return they've added guitarist Ted Hallows to round out the lineup.

In November 2011, the band quietly embarked on a 10-date Midwest tour, cheekily dubbed American Head Charge’s Tourette, that saw them triumphantly returning to markets they hadn't played since their earliest days. The run concluded with a sold-
out show at the 1,200 capacity Primetime in Burnsville, MN. In the middle of the tour the band took a day off to record live-to-tape 4 new songs and a cover of the Patti Smith classic "Rock N Roll Nigger". These 5 songs, formally christened the Shoot EP, were recorded by Don Debiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, OH, and mixed by Dave Fortman at Balance Productions in New Orleans, LA. Artwork was created by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon. "We're extremely proud of this little gem. For an EP, it was a long, arduous process that spanned 5 states and 6 studios, but we persevered and succeeded." notes bassist and co-founder Chad Hanks. "This is our first major step back into the game, and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record. The “heavy music scene” is even worse off than we left it 6 years ago. We're looking to rectify that." Shoot will be self released by the band on CD and digitally on July 23, 2013. The first leg of the Shoot Tour kicks off August 2nd in Madison, WI and wraps September 6th, with a blowout homecoming event at the famed Minneapolis concert venue, First Avenue.

In January, 2012, the band made their first appearance at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA and headlined the Schecter Guitars party at The Juke Joint. Making the most of their journey west, the band played another 9 shows and dubbed the run the West Coast Tourette. Shortly after the Tourette wrapped, AHC were invited by fellow midwesterners Mushroomhead to join them on their Head2Hed 3 tour (featuring Mushroomhead and Hed PE). After (nearly) 40 shows across the USA, plus another dozen headline shows after that, the band decamped to the studio to complete the Shoot EP and work on new material for their upcoming fourth album.

American Head Charge burst onto the national scene in 2001 with their Rick Rubin produced American Recordings debut The War of Art. Aggressive, strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different, they blended the industrial grind of Ministry and Marilyn Manson with the tripped-out melodic experimentation of Faith No More. OZZFEST 2001 and a worldwide tour with Slipknot followed. During that time, The War of Art went on to sell in excess of 250,000 units, and it propelled the band to international acclaim with the singles "All Wrapped Up" and "Just So You Know."

The follow-up, The Feeding had its genesis during the limbo in which AHC found themselves after touring intensively behind their debut — two years of prolonged exile from the road and ongoing internal tumult that found several band members in a virtual death match with their personal demons. American Recordings turned a deaf ear to their bold sonic forays, but Greg Fidelman, who’d engineered The War Of Art, embraced the band’s new material. The band requested to leave AmericanRecordings, and signed with Nitrus/DRT. “Rick Rubin was gracious enough to let us
leave American Recordings without hassle. It could have been a litigious nightmare,” adds Mr. Hanks.

AHC’s final release before dissolving in 2007 was a DVD/CD compilation ironicallytitled Can’t Stop the Machine, a 75-minute documentary with tour and studio footage from the five year period between the release of The War Of Art and the conclusion of the touring for The Feeding. Packed with numerous extras, music videos and live, remixed, and unreleased tracks, viewers are granted an all-access pass to the enigmatic band like never before. It also includes jarring and candidly-honest interviews with members both past and present. Holding nothing back, the film captures the dark genius inherent within American Head Charge.

American Head Charge have literally survived it all, and are back to show that they are the stuff rock and roll is made from.

Smile Empty Soul

Smile Empty Soul was a heavy alternative trio formed while its three members were still in Santa Clarita, CA, high schools. Led by singer/guitarist Sean Danielson, the band also included drummer Derek Gledhill and bassist Ryan Martin. After honing their sound with numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul began venturing to the Sunset Strip, and eventually passed a demo to Todd Parker of the Los Angeles indie ThroBack. That exposure led to a deal with Jason Flom's Lava imprint, which was expanding in the wake of early signee Kid Rock's white-hot success. The trio hooked up with producer John Lewis Parker, who was at the helm for their self-titled debut, issued by Lava in May 2003. With its screeching guitars and Danielson's rage-filled vocals, the album was indebted to the alternative sounds of the early '90s.

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