Halloween is always a big holiday for Powerman 5000 singer Spider One.
This year, he’ll be on the road, playing Pub Rock in Scottsdale on Sunday, October 29, and Halloween in Lubbock, Texas.
“Halloween’s always been a big holiday for me,” said Spider One, otherwise known as Michael Cummings, the brother of Rob Zombie.
“Every year we go to a ton of places like Universal City’s Halloween Horror Night. Every year it’s a lot of fun.”
Powerman 5000 isn’t just celebrating the spookiest day of the year. The band is releasing its new album, New Wave, on Friday, October 27. It features the song “David F—— Bowie.”
“It’s funny because before he died, we would do a little ‘Space Odyssey’ a cappella between songs. Everyone would make fun of me for saying that.
“I thought I would write a song because he’s been a huge influence on me, not only musically, but attitude wise. I like the idea of not doing what’s expected. I’m glad the song is resonating.”
Powerman 500 has been good about doing the unexpected.
“I always look and see where everybody else is going and I run in the opposite direction,” he says. “I do what I want to do—whether I make an aggressive, weird or dancey record. I’m the one who has to go out there and tour for a year, play the songs and talk about them. If I don’t like them, no one’s going to like them.”
Spider One has been in the business long enough to know artists don’t need to “try” to get excited about their craft. Whether it’s music or painting or writing, there’s “a creative force that happens when you’re in this business.”
“It’s not a regular job. You shouldn’t have to force yourself to drive to the office, where your boss is going to yell at you. You just get excited about it. When the day comes that I feel like I’m that guy forcing myself to go to the office, I’ll probably hang it up.”
Powerman 5000 w/Knee High Fox and Rachel Loren, Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, 480.945.4985, pubrocklive.com, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 29, $17-$20.