Former member of the horror themed punk/metal group Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 has had quite the tenacious career. His band, aptly named Wednesday 13, has spent the last 10 years as an independent band, but they’ve recently taken the plunge and signed to one of the most popular heavy metal record labels today: Nuclear Blast. Now Wednesday 13 is preparing for their tour of Australia and New Zealand to promote their latest album Condolences. We caught up with Wednesday 13 himself—after only just finishing his breakfast at 2.00pm in the afternoon—to discuss recent happenings with the label, the album, his craft and the tour.

TEO: So this is your first time on a new label since Roadrunner. How is Nuclear Blast treating you?
Wednesday 13:
Oh, it’s been great, man! It really worked out the way that I hoped it would. So, I basically recorded the album and hoped to get a deal with Nuclear Blast. I said, ‘hey man, I don’t know if this is even possible but we just recorded this with Zeuss—we just paid for it ourselves—is there room for us on the label?’ We talked for a couple of months, figured it out, signed the deal and everything has been great! The team there is amazing. It’ll be our home for a while.

What changes have you made in the way you worked in the studio this time?
The sound and the power that we got on that record is all down to Zeuss, our producer. He did a killer job on it. It’s the best sounding Wednesday 13 record to date and it didn’t take us a long time to mix it. We were already in the ballpark after a couple of mixes.

There were no crazy-magical things going on, but I did record the vocals in the dark with just my lightsaber. It’s the only light we had…so, if there’s any magic in there it’s the ‘dark side!’

You seem to end Condolences on quite a sombre note—in fact the title track seems reminiscent of doom metal in parts.

Is this a new expansion for Wednesday 13 or just the perfect opportunity to try something different?
It’s all just what we’ve been listening to. This album was the album that I let the full band play on—I didn’t play guitar on anything this time. I let Roman do his whole thing and that’s why I’m so happy with how it turned out.

In your opinion, what makes a good song?
You gotta have a good drummer. That’s number one—drummers make bands. [And] you gotta make something memorable, a chorus has gotta stick. For me, I know a good song when I hear it; I listen to classic music all the time—I exercise every day and listen to Fleetwood Mac and REO Speedwagon and bands like that and think man, these songs are timeless.

We can’t wait to have you back in Australia! What can we expect this time?
We’re super excited to come back. We’re so proud of the new record and we try to bring it to life on stage by recreating some of the visuals from the videos. So I think it’s 10 times the step up from the last time we toured Australia. These songs really translate well live; they’re heavier, dirtier and sluttier.

Australia and New Zealand get ready! ‘Cause we’re bringin’ it!

Thursday 26 April – BRISBANE, The Triffid 18+ w/ DARK CELL and FLYNN EFFECT

Friday 27 April – SYDNEY, Manning Bar 18+ w/ NOVEAUX and CAMERIA

Saturday 28 April – MELBOURNE, Corner Hotel 18+ w/ COFFIN CAROUSEL and VICIOUS ADDICTION

Sunday 29 April – WELLINGTON, Valhalla 18+  w/ GO ON DYING and THE HEATHEN COLLECTIVE

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