Formed in 1994, Static-X is a disco-metal band from Los Angeles, California. Similar acts include, Murderdolls, We are the Riot, and Possessed. Static-X began in a record store, when Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan introduced Wayne Static and Ken Jay. The duo played in the Chicago area for a short time, then moved to LA to pursue their music career. When the pair arrived to the West Coast, they met bassist Tony Campos and guitarist Koichi Fukuda. The four joined together to complete the original lineup.
In 1998, the quartet inked a deal with major recording label, Warner Bros. Records. One year later, they recorded and dropped their debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip. Although it took some time, the RIAA certified the album platinum. The first single “Push It,” became their most popular song to date, and contributed to the success of the album. The record also featured singles “I’m with Stupid” and “Bled for Days,” which received modest record play. Additionally, Static-X’s music featured on games for every modern gaming console. After extensive touring, including two performances on Ozzfest, the band returned to the studio.
In 2001, Static-X released their sophomore album, Machine. The highly anticipated record gained much success; however, guitarist Tripp Eisen replaced Fukuda so he could be with his family. The group tried to move forward on recording the third album, but Ken Jay left due to musical differences. Josh Freeze replaced him for a short while, and then Nick Oshiro became the permanent replacement.
After Wayne Static collaborated with Korn on “Not Meant for Me,” in 2003, the band dropped their third album, Shadow Zone. The record received modest success and again featured on several hit games including, Need for Speed. One year later, Static-X released “Beneath, Between, and Beyond,” which contained rare and unreleased music. The band continued moving forward until Eisen went to jail and Fukuda returned. The band recovered, and in 2005, released their next album, Start a War. It received the same reviews as their previous album and once again featured on Need for Speed.
In 2007, the band launched their next record, Cannibal. The album featured on Saw III and received modest success. The band followed the record by touring on Ozzfest to promote the album. This music, like the rest, featured on several gaming devices. The next year, Static-X released their DVD Cannibal Killers Live, and later, their last album, Cult of Static. The record reached No. 16 on Billboard charts and became their second best-seller.
The next few years Static-X went on hiatus and worked on side projects. In 2012, Wayne tried to reunite the band, but no one would join him. He brought in other members; however, it only lasted one year and they split again.