From his early days fronting the cult group Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 to his breakout run in Murderdolls alongside the late Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and his nearly 20-year run fronting his still-going eponymous band, wednesday 13 It embraces the ghoulish and creepy all year long, but, as is the case with all horror fans, October is a very special one.
The horror rocker is currently celebrating the release of his ninth solo album, horrifyingavailable now on Napalm Records, and playing a career-spanning track listing on the 20 years of fear tour through the United States. Despite battling sinusitis (“Fortunately, I haven’t had to cancel any shows and my voice still works. Actually, my voice is stronger than when the tour started!”), Wednesday 13 told me about the new album. . and, of course, horror movies.
After working with outside producers on the last two albums, Wednesday returned to producing in-house on horrifying, largely out of necessity due to the pandemic. The singer and his bandmates – guitarists Roman Surman Y Jack Tankersleybass guitarist Troy Dobblerand drummer mike duke – met at Wednesday’s home studio in Burbank to lay down 11 tracks.
horrifying it serves as a culmination of his previous work, with Wednesday drawing inspiration from his previous albums. “I purposely went back and listened to all my previous albums, including Murderdolls and everything,” he notes. “I basically said, ‘What do I like most about this record? What’s my favorite song on this album?’”
He astutely describes the result as “sort of a greatest hits of new songs”, but horrifying it’s their most diverse effort as well. From their heaviest song to date (“Insides Out”) to a throwback to their infectiously catchy horror-punk roots (“Good Day to Be a Bad Guy”) to a glam-laden metal track that sounds like it’s time-traveled from the ’80s (“Halfway to the Grave”), it pushes the boundaries of what a Wednesday the 13th album can be.
The album also features several subtle references to their previous work, both in lyrics and sound. “It’s always fun to go back and review the past a little bit and give a little nod here and there,” he says. “If people understand it, they get it; but if they don’t understand it, it still works.”
Of The Exorcist Y Dawn of the Dead a Friday the 13th Y ElfWednesday has written songs about a variety of horror movies throughout her career. “I’ve definitely covered a lot of movies over the years, but in the last three or four albums, I kind of moved away from writing about one particular movie. I felt like I was doing that too much.”
He returned to familiar territory in more ways than one in horrifying. Although he previously discussed Hallowe’en in 2006’s “Haddonfield” fang blasta sporadic television broadcast of Halloween II during the writing process of the album it inspired him to undertake a sequel. “Return to Haddonfield” is an anthemic track that could make Michael Myers bang his head.
That’s not the album’s only ode to John Carpenter; “Christine: Fury in the Night” is inspired by the horror master Stephen King’s adaptation. “Christine has been on my wish list of movies to write about. I have always loved the movie since I was a child. I saw the movie I don’t know how many times during the pandemic and I was like, ‘Okay, I have to write about it this time.
Although his sardonic lyrics are normally delivered with tongue planted firmly in cheek, the album’s closing “The Other Side” is a heartfelt tribute to Jordison. “Those kind of songs are not my favorites. Don’t get me wrong; I love the song, but that’s not easy for me. writing about Hallowe’en It is easy. Writing about someone who has passed away is difficult for me.”
Working through her emotions through the song proved to be as cathartic as it was vulnerable. “It was something I needed to do. It was like therapy for me to write about it. I got a little closure when it ended. I don’t normally expose my skeleton like this, but I needed to. I’m glad I did and I’m glad people are reacting well.”
Speaking of Wednesday’s story with Jordison, controversy recently arose at the Murderdolls camp. Former guitarist Acey Slade (currently playing live guitar for the reunited Misfits) allegedly bought the band’s expired brand in secret, then threw a 20th anniversary celebration with a vinyl reissue of the band’s 2002 debut, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.
This did not sit well with Wednesday, who was neither informed nor compensated despite the fact that all the songs on the album were written by him and Jordison. (Slade joined the band after the album was recorded and left the band before their second release.) “It sucks to have to talk about it, but I need people to know that I’m not involved in what’s going on.” he wails with fatigue audible in his voice.
“[Jordison] he had been sick and obviously had more important things to think about than looking at a trademark, because no one was going to steal it except a thief, and it happened to be one of our ex-members. He now he has reactivated the name. He’s telling everyone that he did it for Joey Jordison’s legacy, but he stole the name a year and a half before Joey died.” He continues: “It’s a shitty situation, and I hope to put an end to it sooner rather than later. It’s just a slap in the face.”
On a lighter note, Wednesday is armed with a selection of beloved horror movies to watch on the tour bus, trying to include one a day before Halloween. You’ve already projected the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street, ReanimatorY Car. Other favorites include Ghost, Dawn of the Dead, The Shining, The Exorcist, Creepshow, The Texas Chainsaw MassacreY Hallowe’en.
Though he generally sticks with the tried-and-true classics, he’s not averse to giving new horror films a chance. “One of the last horror movies I saw that I liked was Mandy with Nick Cage. Great movie with a great soundtrack too. That was the last movie I saw that disturbed me in a good way.” And he adds: “People told me that I need to see scary. I have not seen it yet.
“I love old school practical effects. I don’t like CGI horror at all, but I’m always up for anything good and new. I hope to find something new that I like and to be able to stop talking about all these old movies,” he jokes. It’s no wonder that, like the films he appreciates, Wednesday’s music takes a playful approach to gruesome material.
Whether you’re a lifelong fan or new to his music, horrifying is a perfect addition to your Halloween playlist. In Wednesday’s own words: “If you like horror movies, you like comedy, you like rock, you like heavy music inspired by all the greats like Alice Cooper, Kiss, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue, we’re your band. ”