Wednesday the 13th Chats Bloody Disgusting About Horror Movies and New Album ‘Horrifier’ [Interview]

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From his early days leading Planet 13’s cult Frankenstein Drag Queens to his breakout run in the Murderdolls alongside the late Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison to his nearly 20-year run leading his eponymous band that is still going strong, wednesday 13 embraces the macabre and the spooky all year round – but, as is the case with all horror fans, October is very special.

The horror rocker is currently celebrating the release of his ninth solo album, Horrifyingnow on Napalm Records, and playing a career-spanning setlist on the 20 Years of Fear Tour across the United States. Despite a sinus infection (“Luckily I haven’t had to cancel any gigs, and my voice still works. In fact, my voice is stronger than it was at the start of the tour!”), Wednesday 13 told me about the new album and, of course, horror movies.

After working with outside producers on the last two records, Wednesday returned to self-production on Horrifying, largely out of necessity due to the pandemic. The singer and his acolytes – guitarists Romain Surman and Jack Tankerleybass player Troy Doebblerand drummer mike duke – met at the Burbank home studio on Wednesday to record 11 tracks.

Horrifying serves as a culmination of his past work, with Wednesday drawing inspiration from his previous albums. “I went back there deliberately and listened to all my previous albums, including Murderdolls and all,” he notes. “I basically said, ‘What do I like the most about this record? What’s my favorite song on this album?’”

He shrewdly describes the result as “a kind of greatest hits of brand new songs”, but Horrifying is also his most diverse effort. From his heaviest song to date (“Insides Out”) to a return to his catchy horror punk roots (“Good Day to Be a Bad Guy”) to a glam-laden metal track that sounds like the time had traveled since 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 his past work, both lyrically and sonically. “It’s always fun to go back and revisit the past a bit and give a little nod here and there,” he says. “If people get it, they get it; but if they don’t get it, it still works.

Of The Exorcist and dawn of the dead at Friday 13 and Fighting spirit, Wednesday has written songs on a variety of horror films throughout his career. “I’ve certainly covered a lot of films over the years, but the last three or four discs, I kind of avoided writing about one particular film. I felt like I was overdoing it. »

He returned to familiar territory in more ways than one. Horrifying. Although he has previously discussed Halloween in “Haddonfield” from 2006 fang banga sporadic television broadcast of Halloween 2 during the album writing process inspired him to undertake a sequel. “Return to Haddonfield” is an anthem track that might have Michael Myers banging his head.

It’s not the album’s only ode to John Carpenter; “Christine: Fury in the Night” is inspired by the horror master’s Stephen King adaptation. “Christine is on my list of movies to write about. I’ve always loved the movie since I was a kid. I watched the movie I don’t know how many times during the pandemic, and I was like, ‘D OK, I have to write about it this time.”

Although his sardonic lyrics are usually spoken with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek, the closer album “The Other Side” is a heartfelt homage to Jordison. “These kind of songs are not my favorite. Do not mistake yourself; I love the song, but it’s not easy for me. Write about Halloween is easy. Writing about someone who has died is difficult for me.

Working through her emotions via song has proven to be as cathartic as it is vulnerable. “It was something I had to do. It was like therapy for me to write about it. I had a little closure when it was done. Normally I don’t expose my skeleton like that , but I needed to do it. I’m glad I did it and I’m glad people are responding well to it.

Speaking of Wednesday’s story with Jordison, controversy recently erupted in the Murderdolls camp. Former guitarist Acey Slade (who currently plays live guitar for the reunited Misfits) reportedly bought the band’s lapsed imprint in secret, then kicked off a 20th anniversary celebration with a vinyl reissue of the band’s 2002 debut, Beyond Murderdoll Valley.

It didn’t go over well with Wednesday, who was neither informed nor compensated despite having all the songs on the album written by him and Jordison. (Slade joined the band after the album was recorded and left the band before their second release.) “It sucks that I have to talk about it, but I have to let people know that I’m not involved in what is happening,” he laments with an audible fatigue in his voice.

“[Jordison] 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 former members. Now he has reactivated the name. He tells everyone 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 I will end 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 squeeze one a day before Halloween. He has already projected the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Resuscitatorand The car. Other favorites include Phantasm, Dawn of the Dead, The Shining, The Exorcist, Creepshow, The Texas Chainsaw Massacreand Halloween.

While he generally sticks to tried and true classics, he’s not averse to trying new horror movies. “One of the last horror movies I saw and loved was mandy with Nick Cage. Great movie with a great soundtrack too. This is the last movie I saw that bothered me in a good way. He adds: “People told me that I needed to see creepy. I have not seen it again.

“I love the practical old-fashioned effects. I don’t like CGI horror at all, but I’m always up for something good and new. I hope I find something new that I like and can stop talking about all those old movies,” he jokes. It’s no surprise that, like the films he treasures, Wednesday’s music takes a playful approach to gruesome material.

Whether you’re a long-time 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 are your group. ”

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