STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static has told MTV.com that he was shocked by the arrest in late February of former STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor — which stemmed from his alleged sexual involvement with two underage girls he'd met online.
"We can't seem to put out an album without any drama," said Static. "I've talked to Tripp a couple of times. We haven't spoken about his case. Just like, 'How you doing?' We were as shocked as everyone else to hear about his arrest. There isn't really anything to talk about. If we thought he was up to no good, we wouldn't have kept time with him."
STATIC-X will shoot a video next week for their new single, "I'm the One". Paul Brown (BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, MARILYN MANSON) will be behind the lens.
"I'm the One" is the first single off the group's new album, "Start a War", due on June 14. According to Static, the new CD features fewer electronic elements and a greater emphasis on aggressive guitar riffage. "All of our records seem to capture a certain period of time for us," he explained. "We had such a great time on tour that we wanted to continue that and have a lot of fun in the studio, and that comes through in the music. I wanted to strip things down on this record, so there's less loops and more straight-up drumming. It just has more of a live-band feel than our previous records."
A new STATIC-X media player featuring three new songs from "Start a War", including "I'm The One", can be accessed at this location.
STATIC-X will kick off a U.S. tour with AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE and BLOODSIMPLE in early June. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Jun. 08 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
Jun. 09 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, CA
Jun. 11 - Liberty Memorial Park - Kansas City, CA
Jun. 12 - Coconuts - Tucson, CA
Jun. 13 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
Jun. 17 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
Jun. 18 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
Jul. 03 - Javelina Harley Davidson - San Antonio, CA