Last week, we spoke by phone with metal band Static X’s lead singer and guitarist Wayne Static (the guy with the stove-pipe hair). His band had just played its first show on the six-week SnoCore Tour 2009 and was setting up to do sound check in El Paso. SnoCore visits the Charleston area this Tuesday, April 14 with a gig at the Dive, located by the Navy base at 1680 Fletcher Street in Goose Creek).
This is Static X’s first road trip in support of their sixth album, Cult of Static (Reprise), produced by Wayne and engineer John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry, Social Distortion). It’s less slick than many of the new releases in the contemporary world of metal. Extra tracks and overdubs are sparse, usually added for emphasis and enhancement of the basic guitar/bass/drum tracks.
The few extra percussive parts and pre-recorded keyboard parts on the album stay out of the way while adding some depth and atmosphere to the main parts. How does the band, with its guitar/drum/bass setup, handle the extra audio on stage? Wayne had this say:
“Ninety-nine percent of what we’re doing is live. We do play with a backing track here and there, or the drummer will use a click track or whatever. I think keyboard players look gay on stage, so we just put the keyboards on tape, you know? Once in a great while, something will happen where the click track or he tape goes, wrong but we just kit the kill switch and keep on playing. Most of our songs hold up just fine without the backing track. It’s just there to add some texture, but mostly, it’s just the band playing, so it doesn’t really matter.”