Static Cycle @ Piere's Entertainment Center
Vocals – Jared Navarre
Guitar –Josh "Hammer" Witham
Bass – "Jonny" Nabors
Keyboard – Danny "D-Rez" Resnick
Drums – Dennis "Swerve" Smith
105 hours is all I could think about. 105 hours in an "RV" the size of a U-HAUL and also doubled as one. But I can't forget about the 2 days of negative 30 degree weather. Stopping for a total of 4 (give or take) hours along the way to their first show in the lower 48 on their first national tour. "The hottest band out there" as proclaimed by MTV in November 2010, Static Cycle, is on the verge of busting through into being a household name outside of their home state of Alaska – what I called "the middle of nowhere" lol sorry guys… They didn't beat me up or anything and actually kind of agreed with me. They were cool enough to let me on their tour bus and ask them a bunch of stupid ass questions so the least I can do is tell you about them. Once you're done reading, check out "STATIC CYCLE PRANK their new bassist" on YouTube. There isn't really a whole lot to do in Alaska besides do your own "Punk'd" episode and make some dope music.
So, I met up with Josh Witham who's the guitar player of this 5 piece high energy rock band from grizzly country. They had a huge fur (by the time they told me what animal it was I was pirate eyed) and a few sets of antlers as their merch "table cloth". Bite one PETA, I'm sure they ate whatever it was). Josh is one great guitar player by the way, and one of the masterminds behind the band's sound. I have a special place in my heart for classically trained musicians and his chord progressions show it. I asked him overall how the trip had been so far, and he said that they hadn't had any major problems along the way. The only thing that sucked was the $12,000 in gas money they were going to spend and leaving the wives/girlfriends/kids (Early congratulations to Dennis with another one arriving soon!) for so long. Dennis "Swerve" Smith is one of the most sought after drummers up north. He has exactly what it takes to it happen. Dude has some serious chops and can play about anything. It really comes through in his playing. Danny Resnick and Jonny Nabors round out the rhythm section and do it really well. Danny provides keys, backing vocals, and a little bit of electronic sampling while Jonny does what every great bass player does best, holds everything together. And let us not forget about Jared Navarre throwing his soul behind his music. Dude's a rockstar. He's got the voice, the look, the demeanor, and the "ups" as he displayed stage diving into the sold out crowd. Although the assholes in the front row dropped him, it was a stellar performance to say the least.
Which brings me to my favorite part of the band and what these guys do. They put on a show, and a damn good one at that. Every member of the band was moving. I had a sort of stereotype about the people in Alaska (come on the only things I knew came from the movie "Mystery, Alaska" and the Discovery Channel) and Alaskan people being rock stars weren't one of them. They definitely proved me wrong. Thank you Fort Wayne for not being so lame and showing them that we love our live music! I can't say we made their list of favorite cities (if they would have screamed and thrown in some triplets they would have stolen the show) but they assured me you all didn't suck (in spite of dropping the lead singer upon his crowd surfing...fail). I wanna classify their music and performance as sort of the kind of R&B that metal heads would be making babies to. Hahah shit is dope. I can't wait for these guys to come back.
For all my years growing up, I wanted to be a rock star. Did I ever realistically expect to become one? Hell no (well maybe for like 8 seconds when I bought my first bass) lets get serious. But, talking to these guys and hearing about their schedule and their ridiculous driving, I definitely don't think I could do it. Some people just aren't cut out to be rock stars, myself included, but these guys seem like they were born to do it. They've already shared the stage with the likes of Seether, Daughtry, Drowning Pool, Trust Company, Saliva and Ludacris. Yes, that Ludacris. They're definitely on the verge of breaking through to the next level. I hope everything works out for the band on the rest of your tour and be sure to stop back in Fort Wayne again soon. And make it when you don't have a show the next day so you can enjoy some of the finer parts of the Fort, not just Piere's and a Jiffy Lube haha. Thanks Piere's for having them, couldn't have been at a better venue. Thanks to a great bunch of guys & their tour manager for letting me follow you around and take pictures and ask you a bunch of nonsense. And thanks to 98.9 theBear for bringing in another kick ass group of bands. If you're one of the people that read this, do me a favor and check ‘em out…
And check out their debut video w/Bristol Palin making a cameo in the video. Yeah I know. It's Bristol Palin, but watch the video. You'll be jamming along with them for sure.
Static Cycle @ Piere's Entertainment Center