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Interview With

WEDNESDAY 13

Interviewer: Dave Bruce 

Written By: Kelsey Hentschel

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A grimly glamorous ghoul who first slithered from the cobwebbed shadows of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the early 90s, WEDNESDAY 13 has firmly established himself as the world’s premier purveyor of balls-out horror punk insanity.  With a vivid and vile imagination that has endeared him to countless fans of riff-driven macabre over the last two decades, he has been one of rock’s most prolific protagonists, spreading his credo of grave-robbing rock ‘n’ roll and Hallowe’en debauchery around the globe and unleashing a seemingly endless stream of blood-spattered albums and EPs.

However, absolutely nothing that WEDNESDAY has created in the past has even touched upon the horrifying potency and allure of his recent studio album, ‘Condolences’ and the future is looking dark, dangerous, exhilarating and wildly, unapologetically theatrical and this transcends into their live shows.ednesday  took some time to talk to AMNplify ahead of his Australian Tour. 

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You’re returning to Australia for the third year in a row. You must like us! How do you find the Australian crowds in comparison to the US?

I think the US fans need to take some hardcore lessons from the Australian fans on how to rock it at shows, how to party at shows, how to party after shows, they just need a whole lesson in rock and roll from the Australian audiences. We’ve just been really fortunate to come back to Australia on every release and play – it’s amazing. It’s the first tour of the year and we are excited to be coming back!

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We are more than happy to have you back that’s for sure. Last Year you played some acoustic shows. Will we see any of this on the upcoming tour? Or full band all the way?

No it’s full band. You won’t see any acoustic guitar. If you did it would be on fire. Full, loud, your mother wouldn’t be proud type of thing.

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It sounds like that’s how you role most of the time.

I try to be! The best, worst influence you could ever have.

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Davey Suicide will be joining them all on four dates of the tour. Have you worked much with them before?

Yeah we have played a couple of shows with them years back, but none lately. When their name came up on the ideas board for tour support, they just made since. They sit well with our audience and I think the audience are really gonna love them. So it’s cool. We’re excited about it.

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I assume you get to choose your supports?

I get a list of bands to choose from, sometimes I request bands. I don’t get to do that too often but when I get to suggest a band or choose a band that I like, I try my best to do that because I am still such a fan of music. There’s a lot of good support bands and local bands. We have friends in ‘Darkc3ll’ from Brisbane who are playing and we had our friends ‘Witchgrinder’ who have supported us before. So there are a lot of cool bands out there.

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Having toured so much does it make a difference when you do get to choose your supports? Is it more enjoyable or is it much the same?

It does for me. It’s always a cool thing when you have a band with you that you like and your backstage and you catch a bit of their show before you get dressed. It’s not fun when you have a band that the audience can’t stand and you can’t stand listening to. You gotta pick out a band that is going to entertain the audiences – well that’s what I try to do.

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Do you like being known as the frontman of Murderdolls? Or are you trying to separate yourself from that to focus on your solo project?

No it’s always been a cool thing for. I think most people know me as the frontman of Murderdolls or don’t know that I’m the frontman of Murderdolls. A lot of the time people know who Murderdolls are but no idea who Wednesday 13 is. There might be another Murderdolls record someday soon, who knows. I’ve never tried to seperate it, I think it’s awesome and we did made two awesome records. It’s always cool to be recognised for something. That record turns 17 years old this year, which is crazy!

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You also create under the Bourbon Crow alias. Your music differs greatly. Do you find it difficult separating the two genres when you’re creating music?

At first, it came kind of naturally but I didn’t know if it was country or what it was. It was just me writing on my acoustic guitar like I usually do but I didn’t know until I started recording how it would sound. Once we did the first record and I knew how to approach the more southern, country style of music and didn’t rely on heavy bass, we kinda had it in the bag. Now it comes just as naturally as doing anything.

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What is something you would like to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?

I have done quite a bit so far. I have supported some of my favourite bands which is amazing for me. For me, I am just climbing the ladder, I am not at the top and I am not at the bottom – but I am on it. In 10 year time, I think I would like to be known for someone who is capable of doing an arena tour. I have the work ethic and the time to put into the band, but only time will tell.

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Was there a specific time or event in your career that took your breathe away?

There’s so many. Playing with Hanoi Rocks in Japan on their farewell tour was one. Being a big fan of them, I never thought I would get to see them live much less tour with them. Touring with Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses. Touring all around the world and not getting bottled off stage (except by Iron Maiden’s fans), we’ve done a lot of cool stuff.

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Was there a specific time or event that you could pin point when you decided that music was something that you wanted to make a career out of?

I was in the 6th grade. There was a talent show and I was trying to get this girls attention. So my friends and I lip synced to a slow song by Whitesnake infront of the whole school. I was terrified but when we were done we got a standing ovation and we weren’t even playing real guitars – they were cardboard cutouts! It was quite funny, but that’s the moment I realised it would be pretty cool if I did this for real one day.

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You’re about to embark on your Australian & NZ tour. Are there any show you’re particularly excited for?

All of them. I wish we could tour longer. The fans in Australia are so rabid and I always get asked, ‘Why aren’t you touring in Perth or Adelaide?’ and I honestly don’t know why. The promoters didn’t take us or didn’t want us there, it’s not because we didn’t want to. If someone said we are touring Australia for 2 months, I would say ‘When do we leave?’. Every night I go out and play and make a list and put em against each other. On the first night of tour I always say you guys were way better than last night, because we didn’t play last night.

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Can you hint as to what fans can expect from this tour?

It’s just a high energetic show. We’ve added a lot of changes, a few surprises and I’ve done a pretty good job at covering my catalogue and playing at least one song from every album. I’m happy with it. I think it’s taken 7 drafts of the setlist and I might change it another 10 times. I wish we could bring our full production, but travelling by plane to every show makes it hard to bring everything over with us.

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Do you take into consideration how you’re going to play your live show when recording?

Um, yes and no. There is certain songs that you know when you’re recording that it’s going to be something big.

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What one song would you recommend someone listen to if it was their first time listening to Wednesday 13?

Good question. If you’re friend has a good sense of humour and doesn’t get offended easily I would say play them “I Love To Say Fuck”.

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When you first created Wednesday 13 in 2004, did you think that you’d still be releasing music & touring so many years later?

I didn’t know how the solo thing would be and if it would be accepted or not. I definitely had the enthusiasm to keep it going. I didn’t have any musicians that were dedicated enough, and I didn’t want to give it a band name incase I ended up getting a couple of guys who didn’t know each other and they broke up, so if I called it Wednesday 13, it’s Wednesday 13. It’s been like a cockroach ever since that can’t be killed by no [pest] bomb.

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Was there a time, in terms of popularity that the band thought I am going to be doing this for the rest of my life?

This is my life, this is all I know how to do. Living out of a suitcase is all that I know how to do, living on planes and buses and trains is what I love to do. Some people aren’t cut out for it and I understand that but it’s all I know and I love doing it. I can’t wait to start doing it again in 2 week.

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If you weren’t in the music industry. What do you think you’d be doing instead?

I would be doing time – it’s not true but it’s a good answer. That’s my quote.

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Lastly, I’m personally interested to know what are your thoughts on the whole Donald Trump situation?

Hahahah. Wow. It’s embarrassing. It’s shocking and I can’t wait for him to go away fast enough. I’m very fortunate to travel and see other parts of the world and see that his ignorance is shared and other people see that. But yeah, I’m just shocked.

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I really appreciate your time, you’ve been a superstar and I hope you end up on a sold out arena tour one day.

It’s on my bucket list! Thank you man.

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