Building an army of dedicated fans with an aura of authenticity that departs from the mainstream and typical Rock N Roll scene, led by former frontman of The Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 are building a name for themselves with their extreme live performances that rile up a forceful Horror-Punk storm. I caught up with the down to earth and quirky lead vocalist, Joseph Poole, to discuss Wednesday 13’s tour plans for 2017, the upcoming album release, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Wednesday 13?
Hello, my name is Wednesday 13 and I’ve been visiting this planet for 40 years now creating and releasing music. Who am I? I’m a tramp, a hobo, a boxcar, a jug of wine, and a straight razor if you get to close.
Rumor has it that your studio album as Wednesday 13, ‘Condolences’, is in the works. Fill us in with any details that your fans can look forward to.
Yes, we just finished recording our new album “Condolences” this past summer, and it will be the 7th album as Wednesday 13. The album turned out way beyond my expectations, and is my favorite thing I have recorded. It was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who we worked with on the last Murderdolls album and we spent 3 months working non stop on it. We are aiming for an April 2017 release.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I started getting tattooed at the age of 18 by a friend in his basement. I think i was the only kid in my high school with tattoos at the time. I had 2 tattoos done by him and then I waited a long, long time until I went for another tattoo. I started getting my portrait/horror art done by 2 different guys in North Carolina. It started with a guy named Steve Huntsberry from Immortal Images in Charlotte NC, who started the first several portraits.Then I went to a guy named Mark Evans at Anything’s Possible in Moorseville NC who pretty much completed my sleeves and my chest piece. Favorite pieces: Bat wing coffin(chest), Herman/Lilly Munster (forearm), 13 (elbows).
Name three new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately.
Haha, I don’t think I can name 1 new goth band, but my favorite old goth band would be Death in June.
Any upcoming tours plans that you can fill us in about?
Yes, lots and lots of tour plans for 2017. Jan-March we will be touring the US, UK, and Australia with my acoustic Undead Unplugged shows. These shows feature only my guitarist and I playing songs from my entire catalog in an acoustic/ story tellers format.It will also feature a short set form my side project Bourbon Crow. In April with the release of the new album the full band shows will resume with tours all over the world.
What influences have shaped your creative efforts as Wednesday 13?
It use to be easy to name what influenced what I have become. Now I think it’s a little bit of everything. I still have my rock n roll heroes like Alice Cooper and Bowie, but i think now it’s a melting pot of influences.
Wednesday 13 has a strong visual element. How important to you perceive the visuals are to your music?
They go hand in hand. They both are very important and something that I always focus on. The visual element paints the picture for the music. I can’t imagine doing it any other way.
If you could collaborate with any musician either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
I’m a big fan of Butch Walker. He’s an amazing songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and producer. He’s one of the only people I’ve seen perform by himself and have the entire audience in his hands, and give you goose bumps. I would love to work with him someday.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Just thank you, and we couldn’t do it without you. Get ready for a busy year from us in 2017.