Tripp Eisen

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Tripp Eisen
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Tripp Eisen
Background information
Birth name Tod Rex Salvador
Also known as Tripp Eisen
Born (1965-06-29) June 29, 1965 (age 49)
Genres Industrial Metal, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1986-2005
Labels Warner Bros., Epic, Columbia, Roadrunner
Associated acts Static-X, Dope, Murderdolls

Tripp Eisen (born Tod Rex Salvador June 29, 1965, in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania) [1] also known "Tripp Rex Eisen" or "Rex Eisen", is an American musician, best known as the former guitarist of the industrial metal band Static-X.[1] He is a former member of Dope, Murderdolls, Ace Frehley tribute band Fractured Mirror, Roughhouse (formerly Teeze), and local East Coast bands such as The Right, Ego, and Lovesick.[1]

Beside his music career, Eisen has expressed an interest in politics. He has made known his libertarian views to many fans throughout his years as a musician. He is a follower of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand.[1]

Music career[edit]

Dope (1997-2000)[edit]

Dope was formed in 1997, when Eisen met with brothers Edsel Dope and Simon Dope.[2] Eisen brought in friend Preston Nash to play drums, and the band worked the NYC club circuit. In 1998, Dope was signed to Flip/Sony records, and Eisen moved from bass guitar to lead guitar, bringing in Acey Slade—who had first referred Eisen to Dope a few years earlier—to play bass.[2] After the release of the album “Felons and Revolutionaries” (1999) the band toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada with acts such as: Sevendust, Kid Rock, Static-X, Slipknot, Disturbed, Chevelle, Fear Factory, Staind, and Alice Cooper. During this time, Eisen met Wayne Static and Joey Jordison, with whom he would later work. Eisen appeared in the Dope videos for “Sick” and “Everything Sucks”, and gained much notoriety from his wild antics and stage persona. He split with the band in late 2000 due to personal and creative differences.[2]

The debut album sold in excess of 250,000 copies.[3]

Murderdolls (1999-2002)[edit]

A side project formed by Joey Jordison of Slipknot and Tripp Eisen of Dope / Static-X . Circa 1999–2002.[4] The seeds of this project were sown years ago, in the mind and garage of Joey Jordison, under the name The Rejects. This was long before Slipknot and nu-metal's all-conquering domination of the rock scene. The Rejects would eventually morph into Murderdolls, and to Joey, this is no mere side-project.[5]

Murderdolls began to become more than just a figment of Joey's imagination (in 1999) when Slipknot toured with New Yorker's Dope, who had Eisen in their line-up at the time. The two bonded over a mutual love of such bands as Manowar, The Ramones and The Plasmatics.[5]

Tripp Eisen said of musician Joey Jordison, "I had spent my whole life being kind of a glam guy, but also digging the heavy, heavy music...It's rare to find someone who can relate to both, and that's what drew me to Joey. He's into Slayer and Twisted Sister with equal intensity, and there's not many people like that." To Tripp, there's not all that much difference between the two. Both metal and glam are escapist and theatrical in nature, and he points out Mötley Crüe and Slayer both used pentagrams on their albums. Together, during the off time from their respective bands, Joey and Tripp dug up some of Joey's old Rejects songs and dusted them off. .[5]

In 2000, they played several shows in Iowa, with original vocalist Dizzy, and also featuring a friend of Tripp’s, drummer Racci Shay (who went on to play in the band Dope, and was part of the 2010 lineup of Murderdolls). In 2001 the band continued to evolve, and added another acquaintance of Tripp’s, Wednesday 13 on bass guitar (whom Tripp befriended while on tour with Dope). A few more live shows followed, and the name was changed to Murderdolls. Soon after, the decision was made to move Wednesday into the frontman position. The recording of the album was moved into high gear.

Wednesday brought several of his own songs with him. Then, after the album was finished, the line-up was completed by Griffin and Graves.

Tripp Eisen was still very much a part of Static-X, who were wrapping up their touring scenario for 2002 and imminently began writing their third album. Singer Wednesday 13, recruited to replace original Rejects singer Dizzy. The two newest members are Ben and Eric, friends of Tripp's from LA. They do not play on the record, and both were struggling musicians who felt left out by the onslaught of post-grunge blandness and down-tuned rap-rock. They were working in shops on trendy Melrose Avenue when Tripp gave them a call.

Murderdolls released their debut album Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, on August 19, 2002 via Roadrunner. The album featured Tripp’s lead guitar work, and he appeared in the band’s debut video, “Dead in Hollywood”.

Eisen ultimately parted ways with the band due to Static-X’s recording schedule so he could fully contribute to the band’s third album, Shadow Zone.


Sexual assault charges[edit]

While a member of Static-X, Eisen was arrested on February 10, 2005 on a felony charge in Orange County, California for having sexual intercourse with an underage girl. He was released on bail after only a few hours in custody. Just two weeks later, on February 24, 2005, Eisen was arrested again in California by New Jersey detectives for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl from Sayreville, New Jersey.[6]

Upon hearing of the arrests, Static-X replaced Eisen with the original guitarist Koichi Fukuda (whom Eisen had replaced after Fukuda left the band in 2001).

On June 24, 2005, Eisen pled guilty of the charges in California and was sentenced to a year in state prison. After spending late February to late September 2005 in California prison, Eisen was released and due for an October 7, 2005 arraignment in New Jersey on the February 24 charges.[7]

Eisen was back in jail on December 10, 2008 following a parole violation. He was released on October 19, 2009.[8]

Resurface[edit]

Tripp was shown asking a question on the Glenn Beck Show in June 2011. In 2013 Eisen had tried to form a Roughhouse reunion, but was unsuccessful.

Discography[edit]

Albums
Soundtracks
DVDS
  • Static-X: Chaos! Comics- Bonus DVD (2002)
  • Static-X: X-Posed (2003)
  • Static-X: X-Rated (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d amanda. "Tripp Eisen Bio". IMDB. 
  2. ^ a b c Stacey Anderson. "Dope Bio". IMDB. 
  3. ^ "Dope Trivia". IMDB. 
  4. ^ Murderdolls Promo (2002). "Murderdolls Promotions". RoadRunner. 
  5. ^ a b c Sindell, Joshua (2002). "Roadrunner Records Promo". RoadRunner. 
  6. ^ Harris, Chris (2005-02-28). "Static-X Guitarist Charged In Two Separate Sexual Assaults". MTV. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  7. ^ Harris, Chris (2005-09-29). "Former Static-X Guitarist Out Of Prison, May Be Heading Back". MTV. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Former STATIC-X Guitarist Back In Jail". blabbermouth.net. 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-07-13.