Ex-STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen has accused his former bandmates of “violating the reminiscence” of the group’s late frontman, Wayne Static, by altering among the beforehand unreleased songs he wrote with Static.
Final yr, STATIC-X introduced plans to launch “Challenge Regeneration”, its first new album in a decade, that includes the final recordings of Wayne, who handed away almost 5 years in the past. The remainder of the band’s unique lineup — bassist Tony Campos, drummer Ken Jay and guitarist Koichi Fukuda — may also be featured on the album and within the music movies.
Initially scheduled for launch in spring of 2019, the brand new STATIC-X album was first supposed to characteristic a number of visitor vocalists, together with the unique “Wisconsin Loss of life Journey” band lineup of Campos, Jay and Fukuda.
Through the recording classes for “Challenge Regeneration”, STATIC-X claimed in a press launch that one in all its producers uncovered a number of further unreleased and unfinished tracks, lots of which contained remoted vocal performances by Wayne Static. Due to this supposed discover, the brand new STATIC-X album will now characteristic lead vocals by Wayne on just about each tune.
Earlier immediately, Eisen — whose actual identify is Tod Rex Salvador — launched an announcement disputing STATIC-X‘s rationalization for the place among the beforehand unreleased tracks got here from and claiming that his authorized dispute with the STATIC-X members has led to the “Challenge Regeneration” album being delayed. He additionally took credit score for initiating the STATIC-X reunion and connecting Campos with DOPE frontman Edsel Dope, who, Eisen says, is singing for STATIC-X below the identify Xer0 whereas carrying a masks within the likeness of Wayne Static.
Eisen‘s assertion reads as follows:
“My former band STATIC-X have delayed the discharge of their first new album in 10 years due, largely, to my involvement with and authorized declare to 12 songs that characteristic Wayne Static‘s remoted vocals. They’re all from my period of STATIC-X.
“I’ve reached out to Tony Campos on many events to assist the upcoming album ‘Challenge Regeneration’ attain the followers however he has been inconsistent and has proven vanity to any profitable decision of my concern that followers will not get to listen to the incredible work Wayne and I put into our mutual compositions.
“I’ve been affected person and am keen to compromise with the band and work with Tony to make issues mutually acceptable.
“The 12 songs with Wayne‘s vocals don’t have any songwriting from any of the opposite members of STATIC-X. I’m the one individual that collaborated with Wayne on these songs.
“Tony advised me they had been altering the songs Wayne and I wrote collectively and I’ve truly heard the total altered songs, as a result of I used to be within the loop till March of this yr. This does not quantity to minor tweaks like bands do within the studio, which might not compromise the ultimate product and hurt a songwriters’ declare to their very own music: It violates the mental property of a ‘joint work’, or collaboration. It quantities to band members, who had nothing to do with the songwriting, altering its composition with out consent. They’ve modified not solely my riffs, but in addition Wayne‘s!
“I consider that is unfair to the followers and lacks integrity. However it additionally violates Wayne‘s reminiscence.
“My coronary heart is heavy, since I used to be given hope and was excited when Tony accepted my supply to reunite in 2016. This reunion did not occur the way in which it has been reported. I initiated this reunion. I introduced the singer Xer0 to him, a.ok.a. my outdated buddy Edsel Dope. I used to be concerned within the writing of each one of many 15 or extra songs that started this venture, which incorporates the tune ‘Street To Hell’. I additionally performed all of the guitars on the ‘Wisconsin Loss of life Journey’ remake songs. I labored with Tony for a yr till the venture advanced into the ‘Wisconsin Loss of life Journey’ anniversary tour and the ‘Challenge Regeneration’ album. Then I continued to work behind the scenes and on the songwriting. I used to be the one which made Tony conscious of the three leftover songs from the ‘Begin A Struggle’ album, ….they usually had been completed mastered songs, not unfinished demos.
“There may be much more to the story about ‘newly found’ Wayne vocals from ‘broken tapes’ with ‘little or no music’ on them.
“It is quite a bit to soak up, proper? It is all true and I’ve it documented.
“In March of this yr I used to be invited to play on the brand new album, however turned it down because of this controversy. Tony even advised me to my face earlier this yr: ‘you are a part of the household’ and I used to be comfortable to listen to that and issues had been shifting in a optimistic path. That they had my again and believed in me. However now they’re making an attempt to attenuate my half and contributions. However worst of all they’re altering songs that Wayne and I wrote.
“I advised Tony after I was in California earlier this yr that I’m not fascinated with cash/fame as a lot because the integrity of this venture. I do not care about cashing in on something, I would like it carried out proper. Please make no mistake of my motives right here. STATIC-X and the reminiscence of Wayne are sacred to me.
“I’m comfortable to see the ‘Wisconsin Loss of life Journey’ album and Wayne‘s life celebrated, and don’t need to take something away from that in any respect. However I obtained this venture going, and now I am being diminished and these Wayne/Tripp songs are being bastardized.
“I thought of Tony, Ken and Edsel/Xer0 as mates. However now it seems like a bunch of fellows driving on the again of Wayne‘s reminiscence and his music, in addition to mine. Plus they’re revising historical past in an try and market the band and preserve management of this false narrative. Most of what they state of their press releases are out-and-out lies or distortions. It is actually pointless.
“Is it that arduous to be truthful and trustworthy?
“The truth that I’ve to come back out with an announcement like that is unhappy and a results of unhealthy selections by Mr. Campos.
“Wayne as soon as mentioned in an interview: ‘Tripp‘s the primary individual I’ve ever met in my life who’s similar to the way in which I’m.’ I knew him higher than most individuals; we had been tight and everybody on the within is aware of it. My 5 years within the band should not simply anecdotal. I used to be there… and I do know everybody concerned now. I ponder what Wayne would consider this incarnation of his band and all that is occurring. ‘Proud and honored’ do not come to thoughts…. Anybody can watch the singing cranium within the ‘Hole’ video and see how inappropriate and insensitive it’s.
“I miss Wayne and I really want he was right here.”
For a extra full/detailed model of Tripp‘s account, go to this location.
This previous June, BLABBERMOUTH.NET revealed an interview Eisen gave to “Completely Pushed Radio” through which he revealed that he was concerned within the making of “Challenge Regeneration”. The information of Eisen‘s affiliation with the LP didn’t sit nicely with lots of STATIC-X‘s followers who objected to the truth that a convicted intercourse offender was collaborating with the group on new music. (Greater than a decade in the past, Eisen served time for assembly and sexually assaulting two underage females in January and February 2005.)
Requested by a fan on Instagram if it is true that “a identified intercourse offender” was working with STATIC-X on the band’s new album, the group responded: “Pay attention! Let me make this very clear. Wayne, Tony, Ken and Koichi are the ORIGINAL line up of the band and we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary & memorializing our buddy Wayne!!! The three of us and Wayne are the TOTAL focus of this album and this tour. That man was in static x for a pair years previous to HIS OWN private troubles. His points have NOTHING TO DO WITH US!!! … He was a co-writer on songs with Wayne & the band previously. A few of these outdated songs ended up being tracks that Tony and the producers recovered a few of Wayne‘s unreleased, remoted vocals on. These remoted vocals have by no means been heard and they’re very particular and among the remaining items of artwork that Wayne left behind. Clearly, the man you talked about is selling his new band by mentioning his PAST involvement with Static-X and he’s making an attempt to realize credibility by means of his PAST affiliation. Tony, Koichi and ken entered the studio collectively, together with their touring vocalist ‘xer0‘ they usually have been working diligently to craft some superb music beneath Wayne‘s unreleased vocal tracks. Tony, Koichi, Kenny, and xer0 are the one folks taking part Within the recording of this new album. Except for Wayne‘s vocals and a pair visitor vocalists, NOBODY ELSE is concerned within the recording and manufacturing of his album. Tony, Ken, Koichi and touring vocalist ‘Xer0‘ are the one folks which were within the studio recording and dealing with the bands unique producer Ulrich Wild on this extremely particular new album. Finish of story.”
Tripp joined STATIC-X in 1999 and recorded three albums with the platinum-selling band.
Two years in the past, Eisen advised “Completely Pushed Radio” that his arrest and jail sentence was “a tough time of my life” and insisted that he has “realized from it” and “grown. What occurred to me was actually unhealthy judgment, horrible errors that I made, and I paid a worth for ’em,” he mentioned.
Wayne Static died after mixing Xanax and different highly effective pharmaceuticals with alcohol, based on the coroner’s report. The 48-year-old Static, whose actual identify was Wayne Richard Wells, was discovered useless in his Landers, California house on November 1, 2014.
Static based STATIC-X in 1994 and achieved business success with “Wisconsin Loss of life Journey”, which included the rock radio hit “Push It”.
The group issued 5 extra studio albums earlier than disbanding completely in June 2013. Static had been pursuing a solo profession on the time of his dying.