POWERMAN 5000 began soon after founder and frontman Spider One dropped out of the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. “I loved painting,” Spider recalls, “but, I figured I could do that when I was 80. I was spending all my time in the clubs of Boston, like the Rat and the Channel. I was watching all of these great local bands and I wanted to be a part of that scene! So, I dropped out of school without a clue, but was determined to start a band.”
After years of false starts and various incarnations, POWERMAN 5000 eventually released its first EP, True Force, in 1994, which quickly became a Boston rock favorite, catapulting the band to the top of the local scene. “We were very different than everyone else. At the time Grunge was exploding, and all the other bands were chasing that sound,” Spider explains. “We had no interest. We were smashing together a bizarre mix of Rap, Punk and Metal. We worked hard and killed it live and people noticed.”
In 1996, PM5K followed up with their first full-length album, The Blood-Splat Rating System. That album, along with the band’s growing fan base and infamous live show, led to a major label deal with Dreamworks Records. Dreamworks released an extended and radically – remixed version of The Blood-Splat Rating System, now titled Mega! Kung Fu Radio. The record went on to expand POWERMAN 5000’s following to a national level and allowed them the opportunity to tour with rock heavy weights such as Korn, Marilyn Manson and KISS, as well a slot on the first ever OZZFEST.
After a year of non-stop touring, POWERMAN 5000 returned to the studio to record what would be the album to blast the band to a new level of success. 1999’s science fiction opus, Tonight The Stars Revolt!, would go on to sell two-million copies and turn the band into MTV regulars and rock radio mainstays. Sold-out headlining tours followed, along with sharing stages with the likes of Metallica, Pantera, Kid Rock and others. “Tonight The Stars Revolt! changed everything,” Spider recalls. “We went from being this weird little band with a cult following to being this weird little band in rotation on MTV alongside Christina Aguilera. It was all very strange.”
Band members and label changes followed over the years. 2001’s Anyone for Doomsday? was shelved for what would become 2003’s Transform (their final record for Dreamworks Records). “When Dreamworks went under and we were without a label, it was a difficult time,” Spider says. “Back then, a record deal was very important and pretty much the only way to have major success. I won’t lie. For a moment, I thought that was it, but I didn’t want to stop and was determined to not give up.”
After the dust settled, a stronger, more DIY POWERMAN 5000 came back swinging with the punk-influenced Destroy What You Enjoy (2006), the very spacey Somewhere Somewhere On The Other Side Of Nowhere (2009), a collection of cover tunes called Copies, Clones and Replicants (2011) and perhaps their strongest release to date Builders of the Future (2014).
As Powerman 5000 prepare to release their latest onslaught, New Wave, coming in fall of 2017 on Pavement Entertainment, Spider sums it up this way, “After all these years, I feel like the band gets better with every record and tour. I’ve never lost the enthusiasm that I had from those early days and always want to treat each new album as if it’s our first. I’m not interested in the past, just creating the future. A big, loud, crazy future!