“Pighammer”, the debut solo album from STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static, 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.
Static recently spoke to Revolver magazine about “Pighammer”, which was released on October 4 via Dirthouse Records.
“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.”
According to a press release, “Pighammer” “has a disarming raw quality of heavy driving guitar riffs and lyrics that will take hold of your bowels and into the mind of Static‘s dark past and warped mind. This is blatant, as the first single, ‘Assassins Of Youth’, was inspired by Wayne Static‘s last days of drugs and partying.
“The ‘Pighammer’ concept conjures up bizarre images,” Static explains. “It’s about a mad plastic surgeon, with a pig fetish, that likes to convert hot chicks into pigs. It is the total opposite if what a plastic surgeon would do. He has this crazy hammer device made from a pig foot. The images of the surgery in the CD package are only a dark comedic visualization of the real theme of the album, which is my transformation.”
“Pighammer” track listing:
02. Around The Turn
03. Assassins Of Youth
04. Thunder Invader
05. Static Killer
07. Get It Together
08. Chrome Nation
11. The Creatures Are Everywhere
12. Behind The Sky