Powerman 5000 are down two of their five musical generators with the departure of bassist Dorian Heartsong (a.k.a. Dorian 27) and drummer Alan Pahanish (Al 3), but singer Spider One promises to deliver just as much juice on the band's next album.
The rhythm section's exodus was amicable, according to the group's DreamWorks publicist.
"I can't really say why they made the choice that they did. That is something only they can tell you," Spider wrote on his band's Web site. "As you know, I have been in this band for [more than] 10 years with those guys and always thought they would be in it until the end. They will be greatly missed. That said, I can tell you that there is no way PM5K is breaking up!"
Spider and the band's remaining members, guitarists Adam 12 and M.33, continue to revamp the follow-up to 1999's Tonight the Stars Revolt! After their third LP, which once bore the title Anyone for Doomsday?, was completed this summer, Spider felt the finished product was rushed and decided to re-enter the studio for some retooling (see "Doomsday Delayed As Powerman 5000 Head Back To Studio"). The redux record, which doesn't have a release date yet, will carry a new title, artwork and songs.
"I suspect that because of all this going down, the new album will be even more different than I had planned," Spider's post said. "The only thing I can say is: Powerman 5000 will never be the same It will be better! I guarantee it."