Wisconsin Death Trip is the debut studio album by the American industrial metal band Static-X. Originating in the Midwestern United States when lead singer Wayne Static, and drummer Ken Jay, met at a Virgin Records store in Chicago. After being introduced by the lead singer of Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan, Static and Jay decided to head out west to California to enlist a lead guitarist and bassist. Once in California, Koichi Fukuda became their guitarist, and not long after, they discovered Californian Tony Campos to complete the band as their bassist. Warner Bros. Records discovered the group in California, and signed them to the label in February 1998. A year later, Wisconsin Death Trip was released on March 23. In June 2001, the RIAA certified the album as platinum.