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 Ted Hallows 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 record live-to-tape 4 new songs and a cover of the Patti Smith classic “Rock N Roll Nigger”. These 5 songs, formally christened the Shoot EP, were recorded by Don Debiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, OH, and mixed by Dave Fortman at Balance Productions in New Orleans, LA. Artwork was created by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon. “We’re extremely proud of this little gem. For an EP, it was a long, arduous process that spanned 5 states and 6 studios, but we persevered and succeeded.” notes bassist and co-founder, Chad Hanks. “This is our first major step back into the game, and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record. The “heavy music scene” is even worse off than we left it 6 years ago. We’re looking to rectify that.” “Shoot” was self released by the band on CD and digitally on July 23, 2013. The first leg of the Shoot Tour soon followed on August 2nd in Madison, WI and wrapped up on September 6, 2013 with a blowout homecoming event at the famed Minneapolis concert venue, First Avenue. The band continued on with the Shoot Tour II in November of 2013 which marked the first time the band toured the UK in several years and then returned to the US in February for third and final leg, Shoot Tour III that concluded on March 1, 2014.
In January, 2012, the band made their first appearance at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA and headlined the Schecter Guitars party at The Juke Joint. Making the most of their journey west, the band played another 9 shows and dubbed the run the West Coast Tourette. Shortly after the Tourette wrapped, AHC were invited by fellow midwesterners Mushroomhead to join them on their Head2Hed 3 tour (featuring Mushroomhead and Hed PE). After (nearly) 40 shows across the USA, plus another dozen headline shows after that, the band decamped to the studio to complete the Shoot EP and work on new material for their upcoming fourth album.
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 AmericanRecordings, 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 supported Wayne Static on a few select dates of his 15th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour and have returned to the UK to perform at the Download Festival along with a performance in London with Kill Devil Hill in June 2014. Based on the success of their recent Indiegogo campaign to help fund the recording of a new album, American Head Charge will be entering the studio this summer to begin recording a new album.
American Head Charge have literally survived it all, and are back to show that they are the stuff rock and roll is made from.