Wednesday 13 has been making music filled with spooks, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night for ten years. He’s been involved with several different projects and his solo work has gained him a cult following. Though he put out an acoustic album, a greatest hits compilation, and two new singles all in the same year, he’s not slowing down anytime soon. His next LP, “Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague,” is slated for a Jan. 12 release and promises to be unlike anything the man has done before. Wednesday 13 gives some insight on the new album, UFOs, and making music for a decade.
2014 was a pretty big year for you with the release of the “Dead Meat” compilation, new singles, and a live DVD. You also celebrated 10 years in the business. When you first started, did you ever think you’d be doing this 10 years later?
Wednesday 13: No, I don’t think I saw that. I hoped I would still be making music and people would want to hear the music I was making. I’d always hope I would get to stay in the game for as long as I could. I’m not a radio friendly band, I jut have this cult type of fanbase that’s kept me alive for all these years. It’s a really cool thing. I don’t know if I expected it to be like that, but it turned out that way.
“Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague” is your first concept album. When you started writing new songs did you set out to make a concept album or did it happen by chance?
Wednesday 13: No, not at all. At first, I just started writing a bunch of music and didn’t really know where it was going; it was kind of going all over the place. First we had the music, we didn’t really have lyrics or ideas and when it came down to putting lyrics to the songs I thought ‘All right, what have I not done before?’ I put a record out every other year it seems and I want to do something a little different, a little challenging to me. [There’s been] a lot of things I’ve been into over the past five years, UFOs, aliens, weird conspiracy theories and I thought it would be really cool to work some of these things I had read about in these songs. It was just something I’d never done before and I thought these topics would be something new for me and the fans to introduce them to things they’ve never seen or heard about. It’s just something new and challenging to do.
Based on your experience with this record, do you think this is something you would do again in the future?
Wednesday 13: Yeah, this has been really fun. The record’s not out yet, so I don’t know how the fans are going to react to it, but I hope they like it as much as we do. It was fun for me to do a record like this. Normally, I write songs about whatever I want and this was something I tried to piece together into a story, so it’s a different way to approach a record than how I’ve done in the past. It’s definitely something I would try again.
So what’s your songwriting process like? Do ideas spontaneously come to you or do you have to shut yourself in a dark room and brainstorm?
Wednesday 13: It’s really not a set thing these days. I’ve lived in North Carolina for years and I always had a certain little place in my old house where I would write. Now with traveling, I can write on the road or in my room. With the process there’s not set way. I can come up with a song title, write it down, pick up a guitar and start writing it or I’ll write a riff. I don’t know how it works these days with my brain; it happens when it happens.
A few weeks ago you released the lyric video for “Keep Watching the Skies.” Can you tell me a little bit about that song?
Wednesday 13: I think that song really sets the pace of the record and the theme of it. For the concept story, I didn’t write it out inside the record, you’re not going to read it in a book format, you’re gonna have to listen to the songs and piece the story together. In a nutshell, the main concept of the story is what if you woke up one day and found out everything you have learned and knew was a lie. What about if all these crazy things you read about were true and that’s what the song’s about. At the beginning everyone finds out everything is a lie and everything kind of goes to s*** from there. It was a fun song, one of the last songs we wrote for the record, and still one of my favorite tracks from the new album.
You’ll be touring in support of the new album, but Chicago dates haven’t been announced yet. Will you be stopping by the city?
Wednesday 13: Yeah, absolutely. We posted all our dates [on Facebook and Twitter] and in the post I said this is part one of the US tour. We’re breaking our tour up in two sections. We normally would tour the US all at once and it was miserable for us to blast through those places. Our band’s based in San Antonio, so we go there to rehearse, we start the tour there, and we go to the East coast and it comes back to San Antonio. In April/May, we start in San Antonio and go to the West Coast. We’re definitely doing all that, it’ll just be in the second leg of the tour. But I’m also doing the Mad Mobster show that’s happening in Chicago in February, so I’ll be there appearing before our show in April.
Sounds awesome. What is the Mad Mobster show for those who don’t know?
Wednesday 13: Mad Mobster is a horror convention that I’ve been a part of for the past year or so. They’re trying one in Chicago this year and it’s usually called ‘Mad Monster,’ but [this one] is ‘Mad Mobster’ and it’s a horror/true crime expo. So I’m actually going to bring my John Wayne Gacy drawing I have from years ago. It takes place February 13, 14, and 15. It should be interesting to say the least.
You’ve been involved with several bands over the years, such as Frankenstein Drag Queens and Murderdolls. Do you think you’ll start up another group anytime soon?
Wednesday 13: I dunno, I’m always getting ideas to do new things. It’s been a while so I think that’s going to happen. I like making music and making different kinds of music. If I’m gonna make some music that’s not gonna fit my world I would do a different project. So, when it gets to that time to do some weird stuff I’ll look into a new project. But right now I’m having fum doing the Wednesday 13 stuff, so I won’t be doing any side projects in the near future.
In a previous interview over in London, you mentioned you were working on a “Dixie Dead” movie. Any progress on that?
Wednesday 13: (Laughs) When “Dixie Dead” came out in 2013, I was actually working on the movie that would go along with it. So, I did my record and it came out and I had to focus on trying to do the movie and I got busy with recording and I came to realize I’ve never made a movie before, so I don’t need to rush into this and do it terrible. I want to take it serious like I do with my records, so I put it on the back burner and that’s where its been since then.
Since the new album does delve into the topic of UFOs do you believe in them?
Wednesday 13: I definitely believe there is something out there. I think a lot of the things that people get with their phones and video cameras is actually some of our own technology that hasn’t been revealed to the public. I think it’s pretty ignorant to think we’re the only people in the universe and there’s no other thing in life. There’s definitely out there somewhere beyond us.
“Monsters of the Universe: Come out and Plague” will be out Jan. 12. You can pre-order your copy now. Wednesday 13 will also be on the road next year. Things kick off Jan. 14 in Houston, TX. Stay tuned for West coast dates.
For more information on the Mad Mobster convention, visit the official website where you can also pick up tickets.