AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE HAS RESURRECTED! Having survived severe addictions, countless tours, the major label minefield, and the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson, they have returned to create new music and decimate crowds across the globe. Following the 2007 deactivation of the band (due to reasons that aren’t terribly interesting), the classic line-up of vocalist Cameron Heacock, bassist Chad Hanks, keyboard player Justin Fowler, drummer Chris Emery and guitarist Karma Cheema is back! To solidify their return they've added guitarist (and Ministry/Lords of Acid alumni) Sin Quirin to round out the lineup.
In November 2011, the band quietly embarked on a 10-date Midwest tour, cheekily dubbed American Head Charge’s Tourette, that saw them triumphantly returning to markets they hadn't played since their earliest days. The run concluded with a sold-out show at the 1,200 capacity Primetime in Burnsville, MN. In the middle of the tour the band took a day off to enter Studio D in Cleveland, Ohio to record live-to-tape 4 new songs and a cover of the Patti Smith classic "Rock N Roll Nigger". These 5 songs are currently being mixed for an upcoming EP release.
With the seeds of a new album planted, in January, 2012 the band, at the invitation of their guitar sponsor Schecter Guitars, headlined their annual NAMM party at The Juke Joint in Anaheim, CA. Making the most of their journey west, the band followed this with 9 shows in the Western US dubbed The West Coast Tourette . This Tourette saw them visit Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Reno and a few other markets.
American Head Charge burst onto the national scene in 2001 with their Rick Rubin produced American Recordings debut The War of Art. Aggressive, strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different, they blended the industrial grind of Ministry and Marilyn Manson with the tripped-out melodic experimentation of Faith No More. OZZFEST 2001 and a worldwide tour with Slipknot followed. During that time, The War of Art went on to sell in excess of 250,000 units, and it propelled the band to international acclaim with the singles "All Wrapped Up" and "Just So You Know."
The follow-up, The Feeding had its genesis during the limbo in which AHC found themselves after touring intensively behind their debut — two years of prolonged exile from the road and ongoing internal tumult that found several band members in a virtual death match with their personal demons. American Recordings turned a deaf ear to their bold sonic forays, but Greg Fidelman, who’d engineered The War Of Art, embraced the band’s new material. The band requested to leave American Recordings, and signed with Nitrus/DRT. “Rick Rubin was gracious enough to let us leave American Recordings without hassle. It could have been a litigious nightmare,” adds Mr. Hanks.
AHC’s final release before dissolving in 2007 was a DVD/CD compilation ironically titled Can’t Stop the Machine, a 75-minute documentary with tour and studio footage from the five year period between the release of The War Of Art and the conclusion of the touring for The Feeding. Packed with numerous extras, music videos and live, remixed, and unreleased tracks, viewers are granted an all-access pass to the enigmatic band like never before. It also includes jarring and candidly-honest interviews with members both past and present. Holding nothing back, the film captures the dark genius inherent within American Head Charge.
American Head Charge have literally survived it all, and are back to show that they are the stuff rock and roll is made from.
Jason Fiber for Superfecta Entertainment
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