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Growing up in the midwest, vocalist and programmer Wayne Static and drummer Ken Jay both dreamed of going to Chicago and forming a rock band. And, even though they were from two different towns in two different states, they both took similiar journeys to the windy city and started bands. Wayne Static was in a gothic band called Deep Blue Dream. Dream practiced in the same rehearsal studio as the hottest new band in Chicago, the Smashing Pumpkins. It was friend Billy Corgan that introduced him to Ken Jay, and Jay joined Dream as the new drummer. The winter months came on, and the subzero temperatures of Chicago drove the band West. In L.A., they found a burgeoning rock scene with which Chicago couldn't compare. Static and Jay placed an ad in the local paper for a guitarist, and the ad was answered by Koichi Fukuda, an Osaka-born man who had a unique style. They added the flamboyant California native Tony Campos to the lineup, and Static-X was born. They built a loyal following around the L.A. area, opening for such hardcore acts as Slayer and Fear Factory. They caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records, and released their powerful debut album Wisconsin Death Trip in 1998. The single "Bled For Days" was in the soundtrack to the motion picture Bride of Chuckie, which was excellent exposure for the band, who describes their music as "rhythmic trancecore." Many of their songs reflect true stories that Static read about in a book titled "Wisconsin Death Trip", which is a book about death in the midwest during the turn of the 20th century.

Band Members:
Tony Campos
Koichi Fukudo
Ken Jay
Wayne Static


Release Date: May 22, 2001
Label: Warner Bros.
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Wisconsin Death Trip
Release Date: May 23, 1999
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