Exclusive: Static-X’s Wayne Static Premieres New Solo Track “Thunder Invader”
Static-X main man Wayne Static will be releasing his debut solo album, Pighammer (Dirthouse), on October 4, and hitting the road in support, starting on September 27. But right here, right now, he’s exclusively unleashing a new song from the record, “Thunder Invader”! So crank up the volume, hit play, and be one of the first to bang your head to the track. Then read below what Static has to say about the song, and let us know what you think in the comments.
REVOLVER Why did you want to record a solo album?
WAYNE STATIC I’ve wanted to do a solo album since 2000 when I was writing songs for the Machine record. 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.
What did you want to do differently with your solo project than what you’ve done with Static-X?
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.
When did you write this song in particular?
There are generally two types of songs that I write. One type comes together really fast, like in a couple days. The other takes weeks or months to be completed. “Thunder Invader” was one of those songs that was a work in progress for many months. This song was born early in the Pighammer writing process. It was one of the first songs I started writing in 2009, and one of the last to be finished in 2011.
What’s the song about?
I spent over a year writing and recording Pighammer at the Giant Rock studio in Joshua Tree, California, which is adjacent to the 29 Palms Marine Base. My wife, Tera Wray, and I sold our house in Los Angeles, moved to the high desert, and lived at the studio the entire time. Usually Joshua Tree is most peaceful place in the universe, but sometimes out of nowhere the Marine Base will start up bombing practice, which can last for days. You can see the bombing range from the studio. You can see multiple bright flares hanging in the sky all night. And the explosions are like thunderous earthquakes. The first time it happened, I thought we were being attacked by aliens! I jumped in my Bronco and started driving toward the flares but had to stop when I reached the edge of the military base. “Thunder Invader” was an attempt to capture that entire experience.
Which part of it did you come up with first? What was the inspiration?
The chorus came first, and then many incarnations of the verses, and finally the ending. As I worked on the song it started to move to a dance-floor direction. So the inspiration was to keep the metal onslaught alive, but meld it with dance beats.
Was this an easy song to write or record?
The entire Pighammer album was very challenging to write and record. I did not use Pro Tools. I recorded on 24 tracks with no editing. This was my choice. This is how we recorded [Static-X's] Wisconsin Death Trip, and I feel when you start editing on the computer, the recording starts to lose it’s organic feel. This was also the first time I wrote and recorded an album at the same time in the studio. I recorded vocal parts as I wrote them. In the past, I would write and record demos, then try to recapture the original excitement months later in another studio, which is nearly impossible. “Thunder Invader,” in particular, was a challenge because of the very nature of the song. I probably spent a week just building the intro sequence. The song is tricky because I was blending huge drum-machine loops with live drums, guitars, and tons of synths and samples. And I had to figure out how to transition from the bulk of the song, which is very “Metallic,” into the dance-party ending.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on the song so far?
Right now while I’m doing this interview, no one outside of my camp has even heard it! I love the song and feel it completely represents my latest version of “Evil Disco.” I’m confident all Evil Disco followers will love this song as well.