Powerman 5000’s Spider One On Being Rob Zombie’s Little Brother: “We Grew Up In a Household As Normal As You Could Possibly Have”

Spider One by Jan Brauer, Rob Zombie by Alfred Nitsch. Via Wikipedia.
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It’s no secret Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One is the younger brother of shock rocker Rob Zombie.

Now, in a new interview, Spider discusses growing up as Rob’s little brother — and how surprisingly normal their upbringing was.

During a recent episode with “Podsauce” podcast with hosts Alesha Reneé and Dax Holt, Spider One was asked what it was like being Rob Zombie’s younger brother. And rather than a deluge of horror and pyro, the vocalist describes his childhood as painfully normal and totally reliant on TV and music.

“[There’s] only a couple of years difference in age [between us], so we grew up loving all the same stuff,” said Spider, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “But the funny thing is we grew up in a household that was about as normal as you could possibly have. [Our] parents weren’t artists.

My dad worked in a furniture factory for his entire life. My mom stayed home, raised the kids. And there wasn’t a lot of that around us.

We grew up in a small town where there really wasn’t anything to do. So TV and music was really like this gateway to the world, that there were other things out there other than this little town that we lived in. I mean, we watched everything and anything. And growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, there was a lot of crazy content… It just opened up the world.”

Spider One is still creating his new podcast, Bleeder’s Die-gest, which contains original tales of terror told by guest stars including Bonnie Aarons (The Nun), Adam Busch (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Spencer Charnas of horror-obsessed metalcore act Ice Nine Kills. Spider created and wrote the show alongside filmmaker Krsy Fox and “The Boo Crew” podcast hosts Trevor and Lauren Shand.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I was transfixed by horror and science fiction,” said the vocalist. “Endless hours of my youth were spent watching ‘Creature Double Feature’ and scouring the aisles of my local video store for the goriest of cover art. It’s a dream come true to be able to now partner with Bloody Disgusting and share my own brand of scary with an audience.”

Check out the episode below:



Words by Chris Krovatin