The track serves as the first original composition from the band’s upcoming November release, ‘Project Regeneration: Vol. 2’.
Industrial metal trailblazers Static-X have shared a gripping new glimpse from their forthcoming November album release, Project Regeneration: Vol. 2, by showcasing one of departed frontman Wayne Static’s final recordings.
Before his tragic passing in 2014, Static was working on new material. Of the collective works, “Stay Alive” chronicled the songwriter’s enduring battle with substance abuse – a battle he would ultimately succumb to. On “Stay Alive”, fans hear the urgency in Wayne’s vocals as he confides in the chorus, “I just need you to survive – Cut you up to stay alive.”
Nearly a decade after it’s inception, the completed track now serves as the sample of the current iteration of Static-X and their pending fall full length release. In addition to being one of Wayne’s last recorded works, the track features the original Wisconsin Death Trip lineup of Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda and Ken Jay.
The debut of the single arrives with a compelling visual directed by Static-X producer/creative director/longtime collaborator, Edsel Dope and was co-directed by Matt Zane. Zane sources outtakes from the “Assassins of Youth” video to bring the initial vision Wayne had for the track to life.
Adding to the significance of the single and it’s swan song-esque magnitude, Static-X’s former sound engineer Eddie Ortel confirmed that, “Wayne was working on this track the night that he passed away.”
“We knew that if we were going to release this song, we wouldn’t be able to tip toe around this tragic subject,” says Static-X mainstay Tony Campos. “The first draft of the video was really hard for all of us to watch, so we ended up removing many of the more graphic scenes. As dark as this piece of art may be, it is also a very honest representation of where Wayne was at during this controversial time. My hope is that when people see this, that they understand the cautionary tale that Wayne’s life ultimately became and can avoid some of those pitfalls.”
“We always want to remember Wayne as the intelligent, funny, Star Trek loving, rock star,” adds Aimee Pittman – Wayne’s younger sister. “It makes his family sad and angry to see Wayne depicting himself in a way that we understand to be a realistic portrayal of his life and the choices that ultimately ended it. If one person watching this video can benefit or make better choices related to drugs and alcohol, then we are grateful for the reminder.”
The current iteration of Static-X consisting of Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda and Ken Jay fronted by dynamic lead Xer0 have resonated well with a passionate base of fans. Recently, the band completed a nearly sold out US run in the Rise of the Machine Tour – selling out nearly every night of the trek.
Rolling that momentum into the next run, Static-X confirmed a late 2023 co-headlining jaunt with Sevendust and DOPE in the Machine Killer North American tour – a joint venture more than two decades in the making. The complete list of dates and cities can be found below. Tickets can be purchased – HERE
Project Regeneration: Vol. 2. from Static-X arrives November 2nd. Order the album – HERE
The Machine Killer 2023 Tour Dates
October 6 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
October 7 – Dallas, TX – The Factory Deep Ellum
October 8 – Little Rock AK – The Hall
October 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
October 11 – Murfreesboro, TN – Outside at Hop Springs
October 13 – Greensboro, NC – Piedmont Hall
October 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
October 15 – Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall
October 17 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
October 18 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde
October 19 – Gary, IN – The Hard Rock
October 20 – Clive, IA – Horizon Event Center
October 22 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory
October 23 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre
October 24 – Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Theatre
October 26 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
October 27 – Albuquerque, NM – REVEL
October 28 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock
October 30 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
October 31 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
November 1 – Los Angeles – The Wiltern