For those who can remember, 1999 was such a weird time to be human, with much of the year dedicated to preparing for the impending Y2K doomsday event. The new and the old were intertwining and as we often do, we looked to our creatives to make sense of it all. From the primordial ooze came Static-X with the release of their genre-redefining debut Wisconsin Death Trip, a strange and exciting album that perfectly captured the energy of those strange and exciting times.
All these years later, Static-X are bringing the seminal release to the current era, with an anniversary tour that will once and for all be arriving on Australian shores. The group will be bringing in tow fellow pioneers of the genre-bending music we know and love today, SOiL.
The international run, which will arrive down under in May, also has another purpose – to honour the life and creations of late vocalist Wayne Static, who passed away late 2014. Founding members Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda and Ken Jay will be joined by the group’s enigmatic new vocalist Xer0, who was recruited into the fold back in 2019. Speaking on the tour, the band shared: “It’s going to be one for the ages and we can’t wait to get out there and celebrate 20 years of our Machine record while we continue to remember all of the good times that we had with Wayne and to share it live and loud with all of our Aussie fans. It’s going to be awesome!”
The tour will also revisit key moments from the act’s highly-acclaimed follow up, Machine, which was released in 2001, a year that was even more bewildering than 1999. What we can tell from the shows thus far, and indeed from the band themselves, is that there’ll be plenty more moments from their career peppered within the setlist, no doubt their 2003 mega hit, ‘The Only’.
Static-X Australian Tour
Tickets available Friday, 27th January