Infused with the kind of conviction most rock bands just can’t buy, and unafraid to take its fans from classic hip-hop culture to punk, to metal and back again, (hed) P.E. have returned with Back 2 Base X. One of the few bands that constantly reinvents themselves and their sound, (hed) P.E. have once again managed to blend ‘70s punk and hip-hop into one infectious record.
Founded in 1994, (hed) P.E. was the brainchild of front man Jared Gomes (a.k.a. M.C.U.D.), who aspired to create a band that fused the region's long-standing punk rock heritage with G-funk-inflected hip-hop - a sound he dubbed "G-punk." After a bidding war between labels erupted, (hed) P.E. released their now classic self-titled debut through Jive Records, then hit the road with Ozzfest and bands like Korn, Static-X, and System of a Down. The band’s sophomore effort, Broke, followed in 2000 and unleashed the hit single “Bartender,” while the band cemented their already explosive live show with tours alongside P.O.D, Godsmack and Slipknot. Returning in 2003, (hed) P.E.
released Blackout and once again scored a big hit with the album’s title track.
Finally in 2005, the group rediscovered their "G-punk" roots for the release of Only in Amerika. In 2006 (hed) P.E. have once again re-invented themselves for the release of Back 2 Base X. Recorded live as a band in the studio, the album provides an organic, fresh sound devoid of the computer tricks and over-production that currently plagues music. The band opens with the classic heavy (hed) P.E. grooves on “Novus Ordus Clitorus” and “Let’s Ride,” sounding like a bastardized version of Rage Against the Machine mixed with Suicidal Tendencies, then flips into a reggae-fuelled version of the Transplants for "Beware Do We Go From Here.”
Often the cause of controversy, frontman Jared Gomes has taken a break from his sometimes XXX-rated lyrics to get introspective and contemplative about his mortality, Freemasonry and the New World Order. The album also introduces listeners to “Sophia”, a metaphor for knowledge/wisdom that web savvy individuals find on the internet.
Through a cloud of smoke, (hed) P.E. frontman Jared sums up Back 2 Base X with simplicity: "If you're already a fan then you'll love this album, and if you've never heard of us this joint will definitely get you hooked.”