Interview with WEDNESDAY 13
WEDNESDAY 13 has firmly established himself as the world’s premier purveyor of balls-out horror punk insanity as front man for the MURDERDOLLS, his collaboration with SLIPKNOT’s Joey Jordison. The bona fide international rock star spoke to Amnplify’s Sarah about his new album ‘Condolences’.
Hello, how are you?
Good thanks, how are you?
How long did it take to write and record Condolences? I know you’re on the road a lot so it can take a while.
We took last summer off to set down and focus and write and record this record. We took June, July and August off to do that and we spent June and July writing it, then we spent all of August recording it. So it was three months of basically doing nothing but working on those songs on that record. I’ve never worked that long on a piece of music, or an album in my whole career so far so we put a lot of time, a lot of effort into it and I think that will show when people listen to the record, they’ll hear that we put a lot of time into it.
Yeah, I thought that when I listened to it. It’s really great so far.
Quite a few of the songs on Condolences are actually really heavy, which is different from a lot of your older music, was there anything that inspired you to go in that direction?
Anger. Lots of anger. No, I think it’s just been a natural thing for us. The last record was kind of shifting – actually the last few records have been shifting towards a heavier direction and it’s been two years since the last record so I knew when we started putting down the first few songs we were going to have a heavier direction. At the same time, though, they’re heavy but it’s still Wednesday 13. The whole record’s not so crazy heavy that people can’t see it’s the same band, or find something they like. I think we did a good variety, I think there’s something on there for everybody if they’ve listened to anything I’ve done, from Murderdolls up to my Wednesday records, there’s something for everybody on this album.
Yeah, definitely, with the middle songs there’s clearly a bit of both! What’s your favourite song off the album (even though that’s probably like choosing a favourite child)?
I’m not sure, I have a few. We haven’t played them live yet either so I don’t really know what’s going to be my favourite one from that point of view. But on the record, the title track Condolences is definitely one of my favourite songs on the record. The last track, Death Infinity, is also another one of my favourite ones. That’s one of the first songs I wrote for this record, and so it was really cool to finally hear those be completed from what they originally started out with. I think we captured a really cool atmosphere and vibe on that, it’s pretty dark, it sounds like… it sounds scary. But the Condolences track, I definitely think it captured a really cool, dark, scary vibe.
“Condolences” will be released June 2, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
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Did you write all the songs yourself? I know Roman wrote one on the last album, is that harder or better after writing on your own for so long?
On this record, we wrote as a band this time. I bought a lot of stuff, a lot of the songs, but it was still more of a group effort. So, that was a lot more fun for me, I like working with other people as opposed to just doing everything on my own. I did that for many years and I just feel like that can get stale after a while. It’s just better to work with people as opposed to just having one opinion on something and having one opinion being the law of the land. So, it was cool to have everybody involved in it and there was more freedom that way.
I definitely think that would make a massive difference! I know you said there was going to be four videos coming out, you’ve only released two so far, can you give us any spoilers, or information about those?
Yeah! The third video comes out this Friday and that’ll be on our website and on Nuclear Blast’s website and it turned out great. This video is for a track called Cruel to You, and it’s like a giant comic book come to life and I’m stalking a little blonde Barbie girl all through Los Angeles with an axe and chasing her and her little dog. It’s really cool. The title track Condolences, the video for that comes out the day the album comes out on June 2nd, so that’ll be another one that’s really cool. I actually created my fake funeral, so it’s pretty dark and weird. That’s the four that we’ve done so far. We’re probably gonna do a couple more later on, so this is gonna be… I kept saying before, I haven’t done videos in years and I’m gonna make up for that. I really, really like this record, we’re a visual band and making videos is really easy and a lot of fun, and I live here in Los Angeles where it’s really easy to get that kind of stuff done, so, you know, why not do it?
Absolutely. It’s been really cool to see more videos, because you’re such a visual band! So, last question I guess, I know you were just here in March, but are you planning a world tour any time soon?
Yeah, we’re getting everything figured out so far, we just got our European things figured out for later in the year, I’m hoping we can get back to Australia by the first month of next year, along with Japan. We just have so much touring planned so, yes we will be there. I don’t know when, I hope sooner rather than later. It’d be nice to get back there again around the same time we were last year, or sooner still, that is my goal.
Well, that’s awesome! Thank you very much and good luck, have a great day!
Have a good day, and have a good day in the future!
Condolences will be available from June 2 and is currently available for pre-order through Nuclear Blast records.