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Chad Hanks of American Head Charge Interview

17 August 2009 34 Comments

By: Andrew Bilach

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This interview was conducted August 18th, 2009 at 10pm EST. If you’d like to visit the blog of Chad Hanks, where you can keep up to date on all post-Head Charge happenings, go here .

For those of you keeping score, as of August 19th, 2009, American Head Charge has sold 101485 copies of War Of Art, 44900 copies of The Feeding, and 9190 copies of Can’t Stop The Machine.

American Head Charge’s decision to disband didn’t catch anyone by surprise. I’ve been a fan of American Head Charge since I heard “Violent Reaction” on an Ozzfest CD sampler eight or so years ago.

I’ve seen them five times.

1. opening for Slayer at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on one of Slayer’s tour in support of God Hates Us All.
2. as support for Gravity Kills at Birch Hill Night Club in Old Bridge, NJ in 2002.
3. as support to Otep at The Webster Theater in Hartford, CT in the winter of 2005.
4. as support to Static-X at Irving Plaza in the summer of 2005.
5. headlining at Rebel in New York City with Godhead as support in May 2007.

All good things must come to an end. American Head Charge will always have a place in my music collection. The interview is in the bag. All the questions have been answered. I wish Cameron nothing but the best in battling his demons and am thankful for the two quality albums released by these Minnesota natives.

This is the fourth interview Chad Hanks has done with us since 2006. The three other interviews are up in our interviews section.


A brief synopsis of the chat appears below.

– …welcomed Chad to the broadcast (his fourth time appearing on AKF). He was in Minneapolis.

– …we asked him, in his own words, to describe what’s been going on in the world of Head Charge. Two years since the Can’t Stop The Machine Tour. Took a break. Cameron fell back into his old habits. In February 2008, Cameron went to treatment in California. Last saw Cam in September 2008, when he went out to California to work with him, Karma, and Justin on new material. Cam was living in Los Angeles with Karma. Said Cam was having difficulty adjusting from addiction to sobriety. Said Karma was pushing Cam to work on material, but to no avail. Head Charge completed 20 songs over the period of at least 18 months, and said it “was the best stuff we’ve ever written.” The material was varied. The material was sent to Cam to work with/write on and he never responded. In order to contact Cameron, Chad texted him, called him, and went as far as to call his mother. Chad knew a decision had to be made on the band’s future. Called what was happening “absurd” and Cam (“one person”) was “holding a group of people back from being creative.” The band never got any solid reasons why Cameron was blowing off the new material. Chad discussed disbanding with Karma and Justin. Chad is unsure why Cameron moved out of Karma’s place. Last Chad heard about his whereabouts was that he’s moving to San Diego from Orange County. Last time Chad saw Cameron was in 2008.

– …the VHS tapes American Head Charge were handing out at shows during the War Of Art touring cycle. (Andrew received one at their May 2002 show in Old Bridge, NJ. They served as direct support to Gravity Kills. Pulse Ultra and 3rd Strike opened the show.). Chad assumes they owe(d) Universal $15,000 for the tapes.

– …said there were two events that stunted their growth out of the gate: coming in at the tail end of the heavy music explosion of the time, as well as War Of Art being released weeks prior to 9/11/01.

– …the band was not paid a cent from sales of The Feeding by DRT Entertainment.

– …signing with Nitrus Records, which was owned by their manager, Gary Richards, and the conflict of interest created.

– …stated he and Cameron had to put in their own money to keep the machine going after the Static-X tour because DRT pulled their tour support.

– …thoughts on working with Rick Rubin.

– …criticisms concerning Can’t Stop The Machine. They had to fill a contractual obligation, and he wishes they had more money to put into the release. Finishing Can’t Stop The Machine was their “bargaining chip” to get off of Nitrus Records. He felt some of the song choices for the release weren’t the best, but that was due to sampling issues on War Of Art that could not be legally used. More or less, Chad feels that they worked within the confines of their budget and did the best they could given the circumstances.

– …discussed their last tour, which was in support of Can’t Stop The Machine.

– …lots of talk about the new band.

– …said he really enjoyed touring with Slipknot.

– …said as of now, the new band will be Chad, Karma, Justin, and most likely Dane.

– …Chad responded to 30 minutes of listener questions. He even told a story about when Michael Jackson came to his house.

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