This appeared in the November 1997 issue of Metal Hammer.

Human Waste Project

Human Waste Project. Remember that name; you're going to be hearing it a lot. A four-piece residing in LA, boasting a fiery frontwoman and talented players, Janes Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soundgarden and The Nymphs are a few of the names they have been compared to, but definitive originality is what sets them apart from the current crop of LA rock bands.

Human Waste Project has proven to be a bands band, their family extending out to the likes of Deftones, Korn, Suicidal Tendancies, Limp Bizkit and Helmet, all of whom they have toured or played with. Stirring audiences into a frenzy with songs like 'Disease' and 'One Night in Spain', their power and drive combined with singer Echo's diva like intensity make Human Waste Project a brilliantly compelling live act.

Originally from Huntingdon Beach, the band formed in 1992, when, on the way to Lollapalooza (at which, ironically, they would perform in 1995) bassist Jeff Schartoff asked Echo if she could scream. Echo, a straight 'A' student/professional body piercer didn't hesitate: "Sure I'll scream. Whatever." HWP was born. With Scott Ellis on drums, they found Mike Tempesta after experiencing a Spinal Tap bevy of guitarists. Apparently, everytime they found a new guitarist, Echo would pierce their eyebrows and they would disappear. Mike being the exception, the Project was complete. Producer Ross Robinson (Sepultura, Korn, Limp Bizkit) blends the intense dynamics of each musician with unconventional sounds (mopeds, electric fans, and Elvis sparkle guitars) to make their debut album worth waiting for. Entitled 'E-Lux' it will be released in early in the New Year through Hollywood Records and the band are currently planning a European Tour with Tura Satana.

Brooke Dulien