Former Static-X Guitarist and Convicted Sex Offender Tripp Eisen Attempts to Reconcile with Former Bandmates
In a recent press release, former Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen—who was fired from the band after serving time in prison for conducting sexual relationships with two underage girls—says he attempted to reconcile with his former bandmates.
This isn’t the first time Eisen has been in the media feuding with his former bandmates. Since Static-X reunited with new frontman Xer0 (Dope frontman Edsel Dope), Eisen and Dope have slammed each other, with Eisen—who is a former member of Dope—alleging the band downplayed his songwriting contributions on songs that appeared on their 2020 comeback, Project: Regeneration Vol. 1.
Static-X said that Eisen was a member of the band in the past and that he may have contributed to recordings from which Static-X pulled isolated vocals from late singer Wayne Static, but he remains uninvolved in any current iteration of the band.
Eisen’s press release comes more than two years since the last time the band publicly feuded. You can read his entire statement below, via ThePRP:
“Tripp Eisen recently extended an olive branch to his former bandmates in Static-X about a reconciliation. Eisen and his former band have battled in recent years over song-writing disputes and Eisen’s contributions to the Static-X reunion of 2019 and the subsequent 2020 album Project Regeneration Vol. 1.
“Tripp had personally contacted each of his former friends in Static-X this past week in the effort to initiate an amicable dialogue. Eisen was negotiating with the band in 2019 to settle their differences and was offered some concessions, which included an offer to Tripp’s current band Face Without Fear to be part of the 2019 ‘Wisconsin Death Tripp 20th Anniversary Tour.’ However, this offer was declined by Eisen for reasons that will be revealed later.
“Eisen claims there are unsettled song-writing credits for both Vol. 1 and the upcoming Vol. 2 of the Project Regeneration albums. Among the topics mentioned in his communication with his former friends, Tripp offered to join his ex-bandmates on stage for a song during the current Rob Zombie’s “Freaks on Parade Tour”.
“2020 saw the release of Static-X’s first album in over 10 years, Project Regeneration Vol. 1.
“The album credits for Project Regeneration reveal that several of Tripp’s songs appear on the album; two of which, ‘Hollow’ and ‘Bring You Down’ were Static-X’s biggest single releases from the album and helped them to chart on many platforms.
“In 2016, Eisen contacted Tony Campos with the idea of a Static-X reunion and the two began collaborating on material. Eisen offered the idea of utilizing Edsel Dope as a producer on the project; which Tripp called ‘Project X’ at the time. But in 2020 Eisen made public statements about disputes that drew the ire of Edsel Dope, who became executive producer on the album, and who is rumored to be the band’s masked front man. Subsequently the two exchanged public jabs, jeopardizing the two former bandmates’ friendship.
“Fans of both Dope and Static-X may remember the feud between the two musicians after Eisen left Dope to join Static-X in 2000 after both band’s most successful albums
“However, Eisen hopes that his current attempt to reach to Static-X will be to everyone’s benefit, thereby ending any conflict, while respectfully recognizing everyone’s legitimate contributions to the catalog and history of Static-X.
“Eisen will launch a podcast in the coming weeks to discuss his experiences in Static-X and his other bands, including Dope and Murderdolls, and also chronicle his past and current contributions to Static-X. The tell-all podcast will feature guests that have worked up-close and personally with Wayne Static and Static-X. Tripp will also be doing a press campaign to promote the podcast, as well as his current band Face Without Fear.
“Eisen hopes to reconcile and come to a mutual agreement of how he and Static-X can coexist moving forward and avoid any future public conflict.”