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Powerman 5000 Biography

The original incarnation of POWERMAN 5000 took shape in Boston  Massachusetts, where the group racked up a multitude of local gigs and produced two independent CD releases, 1994's True Force and 95's The Blood Splat Rating System. An unrivaled work ethic and growing legion of fans helped secure the band's dominance in the Boston  rock scene, as well as creating a must-have commodity for many major labels.1997 was a big year for Spider and company; it saw them sign with DreamWorks Records, relocate to Los Angeles and release their major label debut, Mega!! Kung Fu Radio. A year of touring with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Korn and Ozzfest followed, giving them national exposure and further strengthening the bands fan base.Their follow up, 1999's Tonight The Stars Revolt!,  featuring the hits "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real"  went on to sell more than a million copies. "Tonight The Stars Revolt! changed everything." Spider recalls. "Suddenly we went from being this weird little underground band to having our faces on MTV and our songs played nationwide. Not only did we achieve a level of success that we never expected but we managed to galvanize such a bizarre fan base. It was an equal mix of hard core rockers , sci fi nerds and teenage girls. The audience was truly unique. I remember, the tag line for the album was, 'your future has arrived', and it seemed to be ringing true for a lot of people."Anyone For Doomsday?, the band's third outing for Dreamworks, was recorded in 2001 and was shelved just weeks prior to release.  "From a creative standpoint, the record didn't feel ready." explains Spider of his choice to put the brakes on the album's release. When the dust settled, Powerman emerged with a new line-up and a new album. 2003's Transform stripped away a lot of the band's electronic elements and delivered on a much more punk rock, Clash-inspired sound.  The album launched Powerman back onto the charts, debuting at number 25 on Billboard Top 200 and spawning the Top 10 Rock hit "Free". All the pieces seemed to be falling into place for PM5K until their longtime label, DreamWorks, was essentially dissolved midway through the Transform campaign.Spider, by now the only remaining original member of the band reflects, "This was a tough time but I knew it wasn't over. In fact, this was an opportunity to do it all over again, to tap into that undeniable  energy that only a new band has."  A year long trek of back-to-basics rock shows followed spawning 2006's raw and reckless Destroy What You Enjoy. "The entire history of this band has been filled with chaos and uncertainty. I've seen the highest of highs and lowest of lows. I've seen long time members disappear and record companies crumble. Though, through it all, the result has always been loud, obnoxious, uncompromising rock 'n roll." Spider admits. "That album was something I had to get off my chest. It was like destroying the past to build a new future."Fast forward to 2009. The future indeed has arrived again for Powerman 5000. New band members, new music and a sound that recalls what the band became famous for has fans salivating at the prospect of what's next. Early previews of tracks like "Super Villain" and "V is for Vampire" showcase crushing riffs , electronic dance madness and a healthy dose of futuristic, pop culture psycho babble as only main man Spider can provide. A return to form, if you will. "I remember standing on the convention floor at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con. I was surrounded by one hundred thousand or more freaks, geeks and weirdos, all obsessed with robots, monsters and super heroes. I thought to myself, "these are my people and Powerman 5000 is their band." Spider says amused. "I went home completely energized and immediately started work on the new record.""We made this record with a clear vision and a purpose," continues Spider. "We wanted to reclaim a sound we created and represent certain influences as only a band like Powerman 5000 can. While writing, we would watch 'Godzilla' or 'Ultraman' films to ensure the sonics were on point. We knew that this record needed to sound like the footsteps of a giant robot! On the surface, this album is a big fun electro metal romp...though there are bigger concepts hidden within. A quote from HG Wells sums it up best, he said, 'Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature.' That is an ongoing theme in the songs, our inability to find a place in our own world. I couldn't be happier with the results. I finally feel like we have made a record that not only is exactly wanted we wanted it to be, but also a record that the fans are going to love!

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