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Formed in 1985 by Rob Zombie and Sean Yseult, the two met at Parsons School of Design. The band released only one record, a 4-track demo titled Artist of Misery for which Riggs composed the title song on the album. They recruited fellow Parsons’ student Peter Landau to play drums and guitarist Ena Kostabi to make their first 7″, “Gods on Voodoo Moon”. Kurt Cobain lauded “Psycho-Head Blowout”, Iggy Pop spoke highly of “Soul -Crusher”, Kim Thayil wore one of 12 hand -screened WZ t-shirts on a Soundgarden poster. Guitarist Tom Five was also in the band for a couple of years, playing on the third and fourth releases that gave White Zombie it’s underground notoriety. The Deviate theme music comes from the title track of Cedar Van Tassel’s 2017 album Lumber. Headlining stadiums with phantasmic lights, pyro, and film, the band was finally able to give the fans the show they had always wanted to. After a year and a half long tour, the band decided to call it quits while at the top of their game. After playing with Skrew for several years, Riggs joined Prong after the release of their studio album Rude Awakening and toured with them for some time. The band split up soon after the release. Sean arrived there via the high school program at the North Carolina School of the Arts, with a background in classical and blues piano and composition, classical violin, ballet and visual arts. It was a new look and a new sound. “It Came From N.Y.C.” Box Set Out June 3rd!! Feeling growing pains and the influence of metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer, another personnel change was made and J. became the WZ guitarist with “God of Thunder”. Yseult Designs Guitarist Tom Five was also in the band for a couple of years, playing on the third and fourth releases that gave White Zombie it’s underground notoriety. The band members now live happily with heat, electricity, kitchens, and only the occasional rat. Rob came up with the name and wrote lyrics, Sean wrote riffs. Check in YouTube if the id. Still in high school, Ivan was a true Brooklyn metal head – the first time he met Sean and Rob to discuss playing together, he showed up in Washington Square wearing a cropped Ramones t-shirt with a jam box on his shoulder, blasting Metallica. Ivan played on the 2nd 7″, “Pig Heaven” and continued on the next 5 records through La Sexorcisto. The record was recorded in 2 hours for $30 at a studio found in the phonebook, Batcave, picked for its name and low price. Why now? Jay Yuenger (@JYuenger) is a rock guitarist best known for his work with the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band White Zombie. Rob came from Haverhill MA, with a strong obsession for the Misfits, Alice Cooper, and Kiss, and an even stronger obsession with movies.  Highlights in career include his guitar work for Rob Zombie's solo albums (Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge, American Made Music To Strip By, Hellbilly Super Deluxe, Past, Present & Future) and currently his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, and producer for Scum of the Earth. Songs were featured in National Lampoon's TV: The Movie, on numerous MTV shows, and a slew of action sports DVDs. In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Jay discuss Cuba and access to technology (3:00); J’s White Zombie backstory, and his travels with the band (13:30); the rise in popularity of White Zombie and the evolution of travel (40:00); the breakup of the band and Jay’s post-band years spent traveling (50:00); and souvenirs (1:01:00). CBGB’s was home, other venues were 8BC, the Pyramid, NoSeNo, and the Love Club at Lismar Lounge. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Switching guitarists and drummers with alacrity, Rob and Sean settled on Ivan de Prume, who Sean had played with previously in a punk band. He toured with Skrew supporting their first album, Burning in Water, Drowning in Flames, then went on to contribute to the recording of their second release, Dusted. They re-released “Soul -Crusher” and went on to put out the lp “Make Them Die Slowly” (89) and the “God of Thunder”(90) e.p. They spent the rest of their time cutting cardboard up to package records off to college radio, making flyers, mixing up wheat paste in buckets and trudging all over the East Village, Soho and LES at 2am trying to paste them up while dodging policemen. Back when we broke up in ’96, it wasn’t even relevant and never crossed our minds. Mike Riggs is a heavy-metal guitarist born April 23, 1971 in Ozark, Arkansas. After signing to Eclipse Records, the band released their first album entitled Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium on October 26, 2004 produced by famed producer Ben Burkhardt at Belt of Orion Recording in Los Angeles, California. He founded the band Scum of the Earth for which he plays guitar and sings lead vocals. There has never before or since been a band to combine such heavy music with sheer insanity, creativity and incredible live performances. The whole idea of having experiences as opposed to accumulating stuff feels like this planetary alignment, the way rock was in the ’70s.” – Jay Yuenger. Travel Writer, Essayist, Adventurer, Teacher. The band proceeded on in this manner, living in apartments with rats, no heat, no kitchen, and sometimes no electricity. This was done at first by holding up a microphone attached to a cassette recorder to a television playing a VHS cassette. E-mail your Fan Tattoos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “White Zombie Tattoo”, Official Website The image garnered quite a bit of interest: dreads, tattoos, every square inch of clothing dyed, ragged, patched and studded. Rob and Sean found Tom at Parsons, through a flier they put up in the school cafeteria saying influences were “the Doors, Black Sabbath and Butthole Surfers.” Tom delivered on this description perfectly, playing organized chaos on his guitar. Note: We don’t host a “comments” section, but we’re happy to hear your questions and insights via email, at email@example.com. Riggs is best known for playing his own signature model Fernandes Vertigo with a kill switch and others with a sustainer. Sharing a love of horror films, heavy metal and underground music they started White Zombie. Sean, J., & John Appearing at Monster-Mania Con. Learn how and when to remove this template message, Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium, Riggs - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives, https://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Mike_Riggs/38982, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown, The Electro-Industrial Tribute to Rob Zombie, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mike_Riggs&oldid=961932226, BLP articles lacking sources from September 2015, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 June 2020, at 05:20. Highlights in career include his guitar work for Rob Zombie's solo albums (Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge, American Made Music To Strip By, Hellbilly Super Deluxe, Past, Present & Future) and currently his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, and producer for Scum of the Earth We are extremely excited to announce that on June 3rd, Numero Group will release the “It Came From N.Y.C” box set. He played guitar for Zombie on Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge before he left the band to begin his own project. They walked all over Manhattan, trying to sell vinyl to the local record stores like Bleecker Bob’s, Midnight Records and Free Being. Bands they played with at this time were their neighbors in the East Village/LES: Pussy Galore, Honeymoon Killers, Live Skull, Raging Slab, Blind Idiot God. Spread across 5 LPs or 3 compact discs, the set compiles our et, Hi, J. here .. Sean Yseult, John Tempesta and I will be at Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill, NJ July 31st – August 2nd. The band left CBGB’s and started playing bigger venues: the Ritz, the Cat Club, L’Amours. For more information on Jay, check out his website or his Instagram account. J. moved to NYC from Chicago and had played in the punk band “Rights of the Accused” at the age of 14. And gigging. ... J’s White Zombie backstory, and his travels with the band (13:30); the rise in popularity of White Zombie and the evolution of travel (40:00); the breakup of the band and Jay’s post-band years spent traveling (50:00); and souvenirs (1:01:00) He's used Marshall G100R CD, Diezel VH4 and Mesa Triple Rectifiers. Sean Yseult (born Shauna Reynolds; June 6, 1966) is an American rock musician. Their live shows were always an explosion, looking and sounding like tattered street urchins trying to put on a Kiss show. After years of playing with art bands who mostly scratched their head at WZ, the metalheads at L’Amours embraced them. White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger on music, expat life, and long-term travel. She has played various instruments with different bands since the mid-1980s, and is best known for playing bass in White Zombie. This is the very first time since the band broke up that 3/4 of White Zombie wi, White Zombie finally has a website! Riggs' career as a musician started at the age of 19 in 1990 when he started the band Demiltry in Austin, Texas for whom he played the rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals. Already drawing attention for his unique vocals, lyrics, and illustrations, this was groundbreaking for the world of rock, heavy metal, and underground music. Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 01:18:27 | Speakers: J. Yuenger, Rolf Potts, Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify, “Travel feels like a generational signifier the way rock music was when I was a kid. Things began to click: producer Daniel Rey took notice of the band, introducing them to A&R man Michael Alago. She began performing blues improv in nightclubs at age eight. Two more drummer changes lead to Johnny Tempesta, who performed with the band on Astro-Creep and all subsequent touring. The touring, self-released records and dedication was recognized by Caroline Records, who signed the band in 1988. Alago had signed Metallica; now he signed WZ to Geffen records. Mike Riggs is a heavy-metal guitarist born April 23, 1971 in Ozark, Arkansas. Rob and Sean found Tom at Parsons, through a flier they put up in the school cafeteria saying influences were “the Doors, Black Sabbath and Butthole Surfers.” The band toured the US, sleeping on floors of Babes in Toyland, SubPop, the Dwarves and L7 to name a few.