Have You Scene Us? conducted an interview with STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static and his wife Tera Wray when he played Mojoes in Joliet. Illinois with his solo band on February 16. The 14-minute clip, which includes performance footage, can be seen below.
Wayne Static‘s debut solo album, “Pighammer”, sold 4,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart.
STATIC-X‘s last CD, “Cult Of Static”, opened with 19,000 units back in March 2009 to land at No. 16.
The band’s’s previous album, “Cannibal”, registered a first-week tally of more than 30,000 copies back in April 2007 to enter the chart at No. 36. This represented a slight drop from the 35,000 copies sold by the band’s “Start a War” LP, which came out in June 2005 and debuted at No. 29.
In a 2011 interview with Revolver magazine, Static stated about “Pighammer”, “I’ve wanted to do a solo album since 2000 when I was writing songs for the ‘Machine’ record,” Wayne said. “Even in those early years of STATIC-X, there was a pattern emerging where I would spend all my free time writing songs for STATIC-X and the other guys in the band spent their free time working on their other projects. I was a bit jealous that they had time to do more than one thing, but, being the band’s main songwriter, I knew that if I were to do a solo album, I would have to put STATIC-X on hold, and it wasn’t until recently that I’ve been willing to do that. After the 2009 ‘Cult Of Static’ touring cycle ended, I felt that, as a band, STATIC-X had accomplished everything we set out to accomplish, and now I could finally take the time to do my own thing and make a record that is completely my vision without compromising for anyone or anything.”
When asked what he wanted to do differently with his solo project than what he has done with STATIC-X, Wayne said, “Mainly, I didn’t want to compromise. Don’t get me wrong: I love the great times I had with STATIC-X, but sometimes the writing/recording process was frustrating for me. I would spend months by myself writing and recording demos, then hand them over to the band, then we would rehearse for weeks during which time everyone changed parts and added their own ideas. By the end of the process, I always felt some of my original vision and passion was lost. This time I wrote and recorded everything on my own, playing all the instruments myself, and did not compromise with anyone.”