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Interview:
Static-X Takes A Break From Musical Michigan References
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Static-X fans will notice one marked departure on the heavy metal band’s latest album, “Cannibal.” It’s the first time there’s no lyrical reference or song about Ostego.

It was something group leader and Muskegon native Wayne Static (ne Wells) wrote regularly about after visiting the city during his time studying at Western Michigan University — two years before dropping out because he “wanted to be a rock star.” As for Ostego, Static, 41, says he simply “got tired of that (subject). For me, making music is about having fun, and I just got bored with the whole thing. So why bother?”

Static is hardly tired of making music, however. With original guitarist Koichi Fukuda back in the group, “Cannibal” revived his enthusiasm, and he’s put his highly anticipated side project Pighammer on hold for the moment so he can focus on the next Static-X album, which he’d like to have ready for the summer of 2008.

“I know exactly what I want to do,” Static says. “We’re gonna pick up where ‘Cannibal’ left off — heavier, more guitar solos, lots of riffs.

“We’re all pretty excited about it. We’ll take a whole week and lock ourselves in the studio, do a bunch of drugs, drink a lot of alcohol and get the tape machines rolling and have a good time. Then we’ll take all that mess and try to make some songs out of it. It’s a proven method.”



Static-X, Shadows Fall, 3 Inches of Blood and Divine Heresy perform Saturday (Oct. 6) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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