Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has released the official video for the song “T.F.M.F.”. The track is taken from his latest album, “Shitting Bricks”, which was released in 2015 via M & O Music.
Having first toured Europe last year, Holmes‘s new band, MEAN MAN, plays no less than seven W.A.S.P. classics in its set and includes a crowd invitation to three members of the audience to come and join in on “I Wanna Be Somebody”, promising for a very memorable night. Free meet-and-greets are organized at the end of each gig at the merch booth.
In an interview with Noisey, Holmes talked about his decision to move to France back in 2014. He said: “My wife is from France. But since I left W.A.S.P. I dangled around in L.A., trying to find musicians to play with, but it just didn’t work out. The change of culture in the last ten years… My kind of music isn’t played that much — not like it was in the ’80s.”
He continued: “[A few] years ago, I pulled into a 7-11, and this kid got out of his car. He wasn’t listening to rock. When I was his age, that’s all I listened to. That made me realize the kind of music I do here anymore… [He was listening to] hip-hop. And I just don’t play that kind of music.”
Holmes added: “I was talking to one of my friend’s kids — he’s in high school — and I asked him, ‘Why don’t you listen to rock, like DEEP PURPLE or something?’ And he said, ‘Man, that’s pussy music.’ This is a white kid. So I thought, if people don’t listen to this kind of music anymore, why should I even be here? I’m in my 50s, but I want to still keep on going, kind of. So I talked to my wife and we decided to move. They listen to rock more over here. There’s lots more concerts and stuff.”
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
Holmes in 2013 released a solo album called “Nothing To Lose”. Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort.