Exclusive Interview: Static-X (Ep 92)

[This interview was originally aired live on-air on WXLV Radio on 07.19.2019]

Celebrating 25 years since their debut release of ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ and set as a memorial to their late charismatic frontman Wayne Static, Static-X is back on the road playing SOLD OUT shows all over the country. Utilizing Wayne’s final vocal recordings, the surviving founding members have been hard at work crafting a new album titled ‘Project Regeneration.’ Performing live vocal duties on the tour is a masked frontman who goes by XER0.

Old images of the band filled the large LED screens behind them as new animations, lyrics, messages of tributes to Wayne Static punctuated the background.  In fact, the screens led us through a protracted opening before the band came out and started with “December” before going right into “Bled For Days”.  The first 9 songs were all from ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ before they launched into samplings of some of their bigger songs from most of the other albums.  “Get To The Gone,” “This Is Not,” and “Start A War” were personal highlights.  Of course things ended with “Push It” as a show of this magnitude without it would be woefully incomplete.

Before all of that, I was lucky enough to speak to Static-X bass player, and really, the guy who had the biggest part in putting all of this together, Tony Campos.  We talked a bit about the tour, the album, the old days, an interesting celebrity encounter and more!

Interview by: JJ Ellis
Photos by: Henry Chung

XLV STUDIO SESSIONS: Sound of Reverse

Josh “The Radio Pirate” has just updated his in studio list of all of the bands that have performed on his radio show. He had this to say about accidentally missing a milestone session:

“I actually just sat down and put together all the audio from all the Pirate Sessions that I’ve done over the past few years. I had no idea we just hit our 50th in-studio live session when digger played in November. Absolutely crazy…

This Friday, Sound of Reverse will be our 52nd band to play live on my show. Honestly I can’t thank you guys enough if you have ever been part of this in any way. “

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Exclusive: Scott Kelly Interview

On Friday, November 20th, Allentown, PA’s humble Alternative Gallery was host to a special, intimate show. Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) traveled lightly and each played solo sets as part of their East Coast tour together.

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Exclusive: Cattle Decapitation and Cannibal Corpse Interview

Cannibal Corpse Fall 2015 Tour

October is meant to be a spooky month, culminating in Halloween. Aside from some seeing some incarnation of the Misfits, the best musical way to prepare for the season is a good old-fashioned death metal show, especially one surrounded with horror imagery.

On Tuesday October, 13th Reverb in Reading, PA was host to Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation and Soreption.

My press commitments only allowed me to catch the last song from Soreption’s set, but from what I was able to gather, the crowd had plenty of love for these Swedes.

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Exclusive: Battlecross Interview

Wednesday September 16th, the Reverb in Reading, was host to GWAR on their 30th anniversary tour.

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The exterior stage was populated by a bunch of local openers, among them, metal favorites Dick Vomit.

Inside, Gloominous Doom started the party off right. Admittedly, we made our way inside to catch the very end of their set.

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Next up was Battlecross, the Michigan thrash metal band hot off of the release of Rise To Power. Even though the band was down a guitarist, Tony Asta (home for the birth of his child). They had their guitar tech fill in and things went smoothly. As you would hope, songs from all three of their releases were represented. One has to think that as the word continues to get out about these guys, they will continue to rise in the ranks of the thrash metal scene.

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In all honesty, not being the biggest fan of the Butcher Babies‘ recorded output (the do have a new album out now, ‘Take It Like A Man’), I was pleasantly surprised by their energetic live show. Their songs, while still rooted in rudimentary themes (Raising Hell! Drinking! Etc!) got the crowd going. This culminated in a Climb of Life at the band’s urging, where as many people as possible would crowd-surf to the front and high-five the band.

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Finally, the mighty GWAR took the stage. With the passing of Oderous Urungus, this incarnation of the band is led by Blothar. While witnessing the chaos from a distance, I was able to take in the visuals of blood (and other bodily fluids) being sprayed onto the eager audience as the band took down the Internet. Kanye West, Hillary Clinton, EDM artists and others were all skewered (literally and figuratively). This was the first time I had seen the band live after hearing stories over the years. They also ran through a good cross-section of their discography including a few off of their most recent ‘Battle Maximus’. For a momentous anniversary, it gave a nice sampling of what the band has created over three decades.

It would have been nice to see GWAR with Oderus at the helm but this proves that the band is in good hands with Blothar and the rest of his bandmates.

Before we caught any of the show, I was lucky enough to talk to Don Slater, bass wizard extraordinaire for Battlecross. We talked about Detroit, recording Rise To Power, differences between the three riff-writers in the band, Goatwhore, and of course, plenty more.

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When J.J. Ellis isn’t writing as the Allentown DVD Examiner, his Decent Exposure Radio can be heard on the air every Friday night from 10:30 to midnight (EST) on WXLV 90.3 FM or wxlvradio.com!

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Henry Chung – When Henry’s not busy updating this page and speaking in third person, he’s busy shooting and editing pictures from concerts and designing logos for bands.

Exclusive: iwrestledabearonce Intereview (2015)

The 2015 All Stars Tour was a collection of more heavy (mostly) young, hungry bands than you can shake a stick at: Upon A Burning Body, Dance Gavin Dance, A Skylit Drive, Oceano, Within The Ruins, Dayshell, Come The Dawn, Chasing Safety and Conquer Divide.

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Those who wanted to braze the blazing sun outside were privy to a full day’s worth of local bands.

On this particular day, we had a chance to catch up with All Stars veterans iwrestledabearonce who were also a part of the tour. When we spoke to guitarist Steven Bradley in 2011, the band was in a good place, just having released Ruining It For Everybody.

Between then and now, a lot has changed: they got a new singer and guitar player and have released two albums that have taken them from being an odd band with an odd name. Now they are an unrepentantly heavy band with an odd name.

For this tour, they were shorthanded, Steven was off on other adventures, but I was lucky enough to speak to the newest additions, singer Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Mike Stringer. Partway through, we were even joined by bass player Mike ‘Rickshaw’ Martin. We talked about their new album Hail Mary, collaborations, working out and we learned a lot about Canada, among other things.

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When J.J. Ellis isn’t writing as the Allentown DVD Examiner, his Decent Exposure Radio can be heard on the air every Friday night from 10:30 to midnight (EST) on WXLV 90.3 FM or wxlvradio.com!

Photos by:

Henry Chung – When Henry’s not busy updating this page and speaking in third person, he’s busy shooting and editing pictures from concerts and designing logos for bands.

VIDEO: Armory Infirmary Live Radio Set and Interview

Just gone live is the in-studio performance by Armory Infirmary during their Warped Metal Wednesday visit in the infamous Studio C at WXLV!

 

Don’t forget to tune in every Wednesday from 8pm-midnight for “Warped Metal Wednesday” and 8pm-midnight on Friday for “Kick Ass Fridays!” on WXLV, the iHeart radio station of Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Exclusive: Lagwagon Interview

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On Saturday August 15th, Philadelphia’s Festival Pier played host to the Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour. This brought bands new and old together from the venerable indie punk label onto one stage.

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Exclusive: Silvertooth Interview

Reliable fixtures of Warped Tour (and now, elder statesmen), Silverstein have a way of fitting in no matter what the musical climate.

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Their set this tour was different and special because they combined their time with Beartooth and formed a configuration known as ‘Silvertooth‘. This involved the bands taking turns playing and, eventually, swapping members.

It all culminated in a final song, the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” performed with 2 singers, 4 guitars, 2 bass and 2 drummers. Good luck finding a version of the song that sounds mightier.

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Before their set, we spoke to bass player Billy Hamilton about the odd recording of ‘I Am Alive In Everything I Touch’, why The Lawrence Arms are so good, how ‘Silvertooth’ came about, vinyl, and music videos (among other things).

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Exclusive: Senses Fail Interview

Hot off of the release of their newest album Pull the Thorns From Your Heart, Senses Fail offered up a reliably energetic performance on their Scranton stop during the Warped Tour.

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Almost immediately after their set, I had the please of speaking with frontman Buddy Nielsen (the lone original member left) and we talked about plenty, including: their newest album, some of his personal struggles, some of this year’s controversies on the tour and, of course, professional wrestling.

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