GODHEAD’s Jason C. Miller – Talking Manson & Future Plans

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Godhead 1-photo by Greg WatermannThe industrial rock band Godhead is possibly best known for their affiliation with Marilyn Manson. Shock rocker Manson brought the band out of obscurity and introduced them to the world when he signed them onto his short-lived vanity record label, Posthuman Records. Godhead was the only band ever signed to the label, but since the signing it’s given them opportunities to tour not only with Manson, but also with Linkin Park, Slipknot, Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Disturbed, GWAR and others. After signing a contract with Manson in 2000, they released their studio album in January 2001 titled 2000 Years of Human Error. Shortly after the album release Ozzy Osborne placed Godhead on Ozzfest and the band headlined the second stage on the annual festival tour held in the United States and sometimes Europe. The festival comprises a range of heavy metal and hard rock musical groups. Other artists who have played at Ozzfest include Motorhead, System of a Down, Black Label Society, Chevelle, Seether, Black Sabbath, and of course Ozzy Osborne, among many others. It’s quite the accomplishment to say your band has played at Ozzfest. godhead01Godhead vocalist/guitarist Jason C. Miller seems to feel some pride about the relationship with Manson. When we asked them why they signed to his label, he responded with, “Because it was a good deal! Why DIDN’T you?” He also went on to explain that it was Manson’s manager who saw Godhead play while they were touring and the timing was perfect for both parties. Manson was putting together a label AND Godhead was looking for a new label. Godhead was signed to it for about two years. “We were the first and LAST band signed to Posthuman Records. It was actually a division of Priority Records, which was sold to EMI, merged with Capitol Records and then we found ourselves dropped from Capitol Records, a company that didn’t even sign us,” said Miller. A fan requested we ask Miller if Manson wears a wig. His response: “Does he LOOK like he wears a wig?” We’ll take that as a maybe. But Miller was willing to admit he’s had some crazy times with Manson, he just won’t talk publicly about most of them. Although he did share one story….”One time he coerced me into getting drunk on absinthe in Paris (so you know it was the “good stuff”) and then left the room, leaving me with Madonna “Pogo” Wayne Gacy to talk about Lord of the Rings for about six hours.” Sidenote: Madonna Wayne Gacy is the former keyboard player for Marilyn Manson (1989-2007). His real name is Stephen Gregory Bier Jr., but he goes by the stage name of Madonna Wayne Gacy, forming the combination from the singer Madonna’s name and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy. He also goes by the nickname of Pogo, John Wayne Gacy’s clown name. It’s reported that Bier filed a lawsuit against Manson after he left the band for what was called “unpaid partnership proceeds,” claiming Manson spent the band’s earnings on Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy, allegedly including a skeleton of a Chinese girl.

Photo Credit: Greg Watermann

Photo Credit: Greg Watermann

Another sidenote: Miller appears to be a Lord of the Rings fan, not only made evident because of his comments that he spent six hours talking about the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Madonna Wayne Gacy, but he also shared that Gandalf is his hero. If he could choose to meet anyone (alive or dead) it would be Gandalf. Godhead’s newest album, The Shadow Realigned, hits stores on April 29, 2014 via Warrior Records. It’s a remix of their 2006 release The Shadow Line, which the band sees as a defining album for them. In past interviews Miller has mentioned that the title The Shadow Line comes from a book by the same name from author Joseph Conrad. The book is about stepping out from the shadow of adolescence into manhood. Miller previously said that he felt the album represented to Godhead a step out of the shadows into a mature sound and that the band was finally achieving what Godhead is really meant to be. Miller says they decided to remix The Shadow Line in part because they got the rights back to that particular album. They then thought it would be “cool to remix the entire album with a bunch of their talented friends,” including Ben Moody who formed Evanescence, industrial producer Joe Bishara and Bryan Konietzko (Ginormous), best known for his work on the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. The album includes 14 remixes from 14 different producers. They also added three unreleased tracks, an original called To Heal and two covers, Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode and God of Thunder by KISS. Godhead has included other covers on previous albums, including a cover of The Beatles 1966 release Eleanor Rigby, a song well-known for its lyrics about loneliness. The band’s eerie cover of Eleanor Rigby appears on Godhead’s 2001 album 2000 Years of Human Error. Why would an industrial, gothic band cover such a song? Miller says it was simply because their bass player presented them with the idea and they decided to go with it. When it comes to picking other covers to record, Miller explained that they simply choose songs they like, there is no rhyme or reason. In fact, Miller tries his hand at playing lots of covers on his weekly YouTube show where he plays both originals and a lot of covers acoustically. It’s called Miller’s Music Mondays. You can check it out here.

Watch one of Miller’s Music Mondays, where he covers Bad Company’s Shooting Star

Outside of Godhead’s remix album, is a completely new album in the works for the band? “No plans at the moment for a full length Godhead album, but you never know. We’re all working on so many projects but Godhead always rears it’s head back at us!,” Miller told us. One of those “projects” Miller is referring to is his work as a voice actor. He’s voiced various anime/animation and video games including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wolf Children, Wonder Woman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dead Leaves, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. And yet another one of his projects is his work as a solo artist within the country genre. He released his first solo album, Last to Go Home, in October 2009. In 2011 he released the album Uncountry and then in 2012 released his latest country album Natural Born Killer. As a country artist he’s opened for such big-time names as Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Jerrod Niemann. While Miller obviously still has a love for his industrial rock work with Godhead, he’s also clearly focused on his endeavors in the country music world. It will be interesting to see how that affects Godhead’s future work. Watch the video for Jason Charles Miller’s song Uncountry, which seems to be his way of describing how he bridges the gap between his work in country music and his work in the metal/rock scene.

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