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Interview:
Powerman 5000 Rocks Without A Plan
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Powerman 5000 frontman “Spider” Michael Cummings

notes that in the past couple of years, “for the first time in the history of this band, there was really no plan.”

And that was just fine with him.

Since the release of its last album, 2003’s “Transform,” the hard-rocking quintet lost its record company and its two guitarists. PM5K gradually found some new members, breaking them in on the road, and then found a new label for its latest album, “Destroy What You Enjoy” — a process Spider says he, well, enjoyed.

“It feels kind of like when I first started the band — just getting together as friends and then things happen. You go play some shows, and maybe you make a record,” says Spider, 38, whose older brother is fellow rocker Rob Zombie. “It was just a period of time where it was like, ‘Let’s just see what happens.’ We weren’t particularly going after anything.

“It’s interesting to be 15 years into a band and sort of starting all over again.”

The renewed spirit can also be heard on “Destroy What You Enjoy.” Writing with new guitarist Johnny Heatley, Spider eschewed the loops and other electronic effects that powered PM5K’s early albums, replacing it with a more organic, punk rock-infl uenced approach.

“This record is in line with our first EP in that there’s nothing going on but what the band is playing,” he explains. “It’s very stripped down, not worrying about bells and whistles and production values.

“We sort of got famous for that industrialized metal with the keyboards and the loops and everything. If that’s what somebody relates to this band, they’ll be pretty shocked when they listen to the record.”

Powerman 5000 and Sad Situation perform Saturday at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit

Web Site: www.harpos concerttheatre.com

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