This May, Powerman 5000 returned with its seventh studio album, Builders of the Future, which sold 4200 copies in its first week of release. After taking sonic twists and turns over the last few records, frontman and founder Spider One journeyed back to the sound that put he and the band on the electro-industrial metal map. This week, Powerman 5000 will hit the road with (hed) p.e. and Sunflower Dead for an August tour which will hit 27 cities by month’s end. Earlier this month, Spider One, who remains the band’s sole original member, talked to Metalholic about recording the new record, embracing his classic sound, as well as sharing the song and video that changed his life. Spider One, born Michael Cummings, younger brother of Robert Cummings, aka Rob Zombie, was 22-years-old when he decided to drop out of art school and make music his art instead. 2014 marks the 29th anniversary of the band’s 1994 debut album True Force. Spider talked about the band’s longevity:
“I never assumed we’d last 20 months, quite honestly. I mean you start a band. You just kind of do it, and keep doing it until it’s not fun anymore. Fortunately it’s still fun so we keep going. I think you have to stay the course and keep doing what you do. As long as you still feel inspired, there’s no reason to not do it. Sometimes the trick to longevity is just not stopping (laughs).”
In 1999, the band broke into the mainstream with its third album, the platinum selling, Tonight the Stars Revolt! Over the course of the last 15 years, Powerman 5000 has pushed its sound in various directions, but eventually, Spider says, one must return to its essence.
“We had drifted from that sound on a couple of records. On the last record we started to re-establish that sound. We’ve gone back to what we do best. We wanted to continue on that path on the new record, but just do it better, try to write the best songs we could. Not re-invent the sound or do anything dramatically different. I think there’s something cool about a band being comfortable with who they are. That’s sort of where we’re at.”
Check out the full interview below, pick up Builders of the Future out now on T-boy Records.