I have had to make a very hard and heavy personal choice. It is with my deepest appreciation, gratitude, love and respect that I announce this.
After 23 years of serving 16volt and riding the insane roller coaster I have decided to put the band on permanent hiatus. There are many factors that contribute to this decision including the retirement of 18 year member, Mike Peoples. We have many skeletons, ghosts and baggage and we are stifled by our own existence, the band has more than run it’s course.
This was obviously a hard decision but a necessary one as an artist. I want you to know, It’s not over. This is the closing of a chapter but the beginning of a new one. I have started a new project with some great musicians and we look forward to announcing everything soon. I want to thank each and everyone of you for the love, joy, excitement and purpose you have given me for the majority of my life. I will never forget any of it and I hope you will continue to go along with us on this next chapter.
Please stay posted here as we will continue to keep you updated as news is developing on the new project. It’s gonna be amazing and we want you to as always, be a part of what we are doing.
– Eric Powell
16volt’s founder, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Eric Powell signed his first record deal in 1991 for 16volt with the indie label Re-Constriction / Cargo Records where he delivered three albums; Wisdom (1993), Skin (1994), and LetDownCrush (1996). Working with co-producers; David Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails), Keith “Fluffy” Auerbach (Ministry), Jeff “Critter” Newell (Angels & Airwaves, Blink-182) and special guests William Tucker (Ministry), Marc LaCorte (Schecter Guitars), and Bryan Black (Motor). The three albums earned worldwide praise and caught features in Guitar Player, Alternative Press, B-Side, Kerrang!, CMJ, Industrial Nation, B-Side, and more. Reaching a #1 slot on Rolling Stone’s alternative charts (LetDownCrush) as well as a #2 slot on Rolling Stone’s alternative charts (Skin), the band made a huge mark in the Industrial scene as they consistently charted in both college and national radio.
16volt’s national touring career was born during these years making their way around the United States several times with the likes of Korn, Chemlab, Bile, Acumen Nation, as well as multiple successful headlining tours. 16volt made a shift into the rock genre signing with Mercury/PolyGram and brought on producer Bill Kennedy (NIN, Megadeth, Sepultura, Motley Crue) to make the highly recognized album “SuperCoolNoting”. Featuring guests Joseph Bishara (Drown, Danzig), Chris Vrenna (NIN, Tweaker), Mike Peoples (Skrew), and Kraig Tyler (Crazytown), SCN was the band’s most aggressive album to date.
Before the albums release, 16volt hit the road touring with the likes of Orgy, The Flys, and Candlebox. During the first two weeks of touring, however, Mercury/PolyGram was purchased by Seagram’s, which created a ripple that would send 16volt back home and cause the record to end up as a catalog item on Island Records with no promotion, no touring, and no support.
The band convinced an investor to buy back the album and signed a deal with Sony Entertainment to provide the soundtrack to the PlayStation game “Primal”. The game made it possible for 16volt to release the “SuperCoolNothing” album both in-game and as it’s own independent release. To celebrate the release of “Primal,” and the re-birth of “SuperCoolNothing”, 16volt hit the road with KMFDM for a mostly sold-out North American tour. Upon returning from the road 16volt inked a new deal with Capitol Records.
The band spent 11 months working on demos with Capitol being bombarded with pressure to compromise and change, which ultimately forced them to walk away. 16volt then signed a multi-album deal with Metropolis Records and released “FullBlackHabit” (2007), “American Porn Songs” (2009), and “Beating Dead Horses” (2012) to a hungry fan base. with guests such as Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke, Prong); Steve White (KMFDM); Bildeaux (Lance Herbstrong) and mix engineers such as Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God) this era of the band marked a great amount of resistance to the trends and failures of the music business.
In 2014 while working on a new album, 18 year member Mike Peoples retired from music altogether leaving a large wound in the bands lineup, moral and spirit. Eric Powell and 16volt drummer Keith Hirschman decided that it was time to start a new chapter. In doing so it meant putting 16volt on a permanent hiatus and starting something new. This marks the end of 16volt…