POWERMAN 5000 have replaced drummer Alan Pahanish (a.k.a. Al 3) with a sticksman named Adrian, according to frontman Spider One, who did not reveal the new member's full name in an interview conducted by MTV last Friday, February 8th. The band are still looking for a replacement for bassist Dorian Heartsong (a.k.a. Dorian 27) while continuing work on the material for the group's third album, the original version of which (titled Anyone for Doomsday?) was scrapped two weeks prior to the album's intended August 28th, 2001 release. As previously reported, The official explanation was that the move was a voluntary action designed to give the fans “the greatest album possible”, but the less-than-stellar reception to the album's original first single, "Bombshell", and the lukewarm reviews given to the advance copies of the full-length CD indicated otherwise.
POWERMAN 5000 have reportedly completed over 20 new songs for the upcoming CD, including a cut called "Stereotype", and are hoping to enter the studio shortly with GORILLAZ member Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (i.e. LOVAGE, ZACK DE LA ROCHA) to begin tracking them for a summer release through Dreamworks Records.
Here are some of Spider One's other statements regarding the songwriting process for the follow-up to 1999's platinum Tonight The Stars Revolt! CD (as reported by MTV):
"The whole experience has been like trying to grow your hair long. At first it never seems to get any longer, and then one day you wake up and go, 'Sh--, my hair's long.' We were working and working and not sure where we were going, and all of a sudden it's like, 'Damn, we've got some good songs here.' "
On the scrapped version of the album (titled Anyone For Doomsday?):
"Every time I'd listen to it I'd think, 'This is a f---ing great, kick-ass modern rock record, which is as good or better than anything I'm hearing in the genre. But it's not good enough for me because it doesn't represent what I want to put out as a record.' To me, doing a straight-up kick-ass rock record just isn't enough. I'm not in the business to compete with SLIPKNOT. It was never important to me to be as aggro as possible all the time. One thing we've always done that has made us attractive to a lot of people is we've made fun, danceable music underneath layers of screaming guitars. Doomsday didn't have that, and I really missed it."
On the new track called "Stereotype":
"It's kind of this desperate plea to somehow find a way to be original. There's one lyric in another song that goes, 'The opposite of bravery has always been conformity,' and that's really where I'm at right now. This is gonna be one of those records where you just make it for yourself and don't worry about what anyone else is gonna think."
On the new material's musical direction:
"You're gonna be able to tell who it is, because the essential songwriters are the same and my vocals are the same. It's definitely leaning towards a bit more melody, but it ain't f---ing CREED, that's for sure. For me, it's getting back to the reason why POWERMAN started, which is to throw all these different elements that seemingly may not go together into the pot and stir it up."