When Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two teenage girls in February, lead singer Wayne Static acted fast, according to Christina Fuoco of RollingStone.com. "I knew immediately that we were going to kick him out of the band," Static says. "We had to do that."
Eisen, born Tod Rex Salvador, was arraigned last Friday and is spending his fortieth birthday today at the Intake Release Center for Men in Santa Ana, California, where he is being held without bail. He is facing charges of kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated sexual assault and use of a motor vehicle for criminal purposes. His next court date is September 19th.
At the time of Eisen's arrests, Static-X were recording their fourth album "Start A War," with help from former guitarist Koichi Fukuda, who quit the band after the band's 1999 platinum-selling debut "Wisconsin Death Trip" and was replaced by Eisen. "We invited [Fukuda] back to do some programming on the record," Static says. "Then Tripp got arrested ... My first thought was let's ask Koichi if he wants to rejoin. I just crossed my fingers and, lucky for us, he said yes."
Eisen's presence is felt on Start A War, as he penned music and lyrics for songs like "The Enemy," "I'm The One," "Pieces" and "Otsego Amigo." But, according to Static, Koichi's return is also a return to the more playful sound of the band's debut. "We wanted to try to recreate the fun spirit of Wisconsin Death Trip," Static says. "Having Koichi back, with his flavor, helped."