Before asking Any One for Doomsday? in late July, Powerman 5000 will
drop a song called "Bombshell" to help you decide.
The single is just what's in order for a world full of rock bands making
music whose purpose is to make fans want "to curl up in the corner or go cry in the closet,"
says frontman Spider.
"I'm so tired of that crap," he said Tuesday. "The purpose of rock music is to
make you feel like you can do anything, make you wanna drive fast, take on
"So when you hear 'Bombshell' it's sort of this big, giant, sing-along
rallying-around vibe. A lot of the record tends to be like that there's a very
empowering kind of vibe to it."
That may not sound like much of a new twist for Powerman, especially
considering the band's breakthrough album, Tonight the Stars Revolt!
(1999). A tribute to the sci-fi world, the album featured invincible lyrics
and a larger-than-life electro rock sound, with Spider adopting a superhero
image to cap it all off.
While retaining the sci-fi themes on Any One for Doomsday? (July 31),
Powerman 5000 are intent on bringing themselves down to earth and proving that their superhuman tendencies come from something real.
"For whatever reason, we got painted as having this tongue-in-cheek
cartooney image," said Spider. "Looking back at
all the imagery that we put together, I can totally understand why, but that
was never the intention. We take our music seriously. There's gonna be a bit
of an effort to take a half a step away from that."
"Bombshell," one of the first songs Powerman wrote for the record, provided
some early reassurance that the band was on the right track, Spider said.
The singer said another one of his favorites is a song called "Danger Is
Go," whose title comes from a saying often repeated on the '60s British
sci-fi television show "Thunderbirds."
"The outro to that song is the heaviest moment that we've ever achieved as a
band. That's never been really a goal of ours, but for that one moment, it
feels like we achieved that. A lot of people will be surprised at the
intensity level at some moments on this record."
While Spider promised the album will feature plenty of "full-on Powerman
rockers with big guitars and big choruses," there are a few serious
stylistic departures, he said. One such number is "The Future That Never
Was," which Spider described as a mellow tune that sounds like it was
excerpted from "Twin Peaks." Another is the all-electronic number "The
Powerman 5000 are planning to stage a headlining tour to kick off in
mid-August. The Boston band hopes to take a couple rising bands out for
the trek similar to its 2000 Rockets & Robots Tour with Static-X and
The group is getting creative with its merchandise this time around,
planning to market Powerman 5000 toys, including dolls of all the band
members and a miniature stage set. Backpacks and CD holders
are also in the pipeline.
"I want this to be the year of Powerman," Spider said. "Whatever that means,
whether we sell two million records or 10 million. I just want to go all
guns blazing. Every band has its year. I want to make sure that last year