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August 6, 2009

Pedal to the Metal Tour stopping in Kato

Mudvayne, Static-X among bands to play Alltel Center

Tony Campos is one of just two members of the 15-year-old band Static-X that has the whole perspective on their journey.

Campos, bass player, and frontman Wayne Static are the only two original members who have played together the whole way through. They’ve seen band members come and go. They’ve gone from platinum success with their first album, “Wisconsin Death Trip,” in 2001 to never quite matching that success. They’ve seen a cult-like following stay true throughout the years. And they’ve managed to stay in what Campos calls a happy medium between obscurity and mainstream.

“We’re not like all over the radio, but we get some airplay,” said Campos, whose band is performing on the Pedal to the Metal Tour, which stops at the Alltel Wednesday. “Having said that, I don’t think we’re anywhere near the mainstream either, like Linkin Park kind of airplay. I think we found a happy medium.”

The many who do know Static-X’s music have described it as industrial metal, hardcore music with unique electronic aspects — distortion, synthesizers and electronic keyboards, in addition to aggressive and fast vocals by Static. Songs are also known to include sounds from movies, such as the spaceship drone and alien chatter from the movie “Laserblast” on the song “A Dios Alma Perdida.”

“Evil disco” is a term some have thrown out to describe the sound. Campos admits that’s his fault.

“I’m kind of responsible for that label,” he said. “It started out as a joke. One of the first interviews we did for a local rag in Los Angeles, when I described us, I jokingly called it evil disco.”

Industrial metal isn’t what Campos and Static set out to do. Originally, they were more of a grunge band, trying different sounds and experimenting with punk akin to Black Flag and the Circle Jerks.

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