Invidia, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Kill For Mother, Manikin Messiah
Thu, July 6, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTrees
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1468592/
Though best known for fronting the Murderdolls, Wednesday is a rock veteran who's been playing in bands since he was 15-years old. He adopted his stage moniker in 1995, naming himself after Wednesday of The Addams Family and the address, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, of The Munsters. A year later he formed his now-deceased horror-core band Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, named in the spirit of legendary B-movie director Ed Wood. The band put out four independent albums between 1996 and 2001, and played countless local shows. Frankenstein Drag Queens was Wednesday's baby, and he slaved away for his undead offspring - writing the songs, booking shows, working low-wage jobs (delivering everything from newspapers to furniture), and generally putting all his money and energy into the band.
In 2001, the 'Drag Queens independent releases and loyal underground following caught the attention of national artists, as Wednesday was asked by the (since departed) Murderdolls guitarist Tripp Eisen to join the band. Wednesday started in the bass slot, but his talent and showmanship quickly resulted in a move to the lead vocalist position. It was he and band founder Joey Jordison of Slipknot who collaborated on the writing of the band's debut album, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls. The Murderdolls quickly built a fiercely devoted following, through repeated world tours (including 30,000-person shows in Japan, opening slots for Iron Maiden throughout Europe, and other choice tours), and worldwide rock press acclaim and album sales followed. As 2003 came to an end, Beyond had earned silver-status in the UK, sold over 100,000 units in the U.S. alone, and garnered accolades including Kerrang!'s Readers Choice Award Best New Band and Album of 2002 and Metal Hammer's Thank God They're Not Good Charlotte award in 2003. Predictably, the success of the Murderdolls resulted in Wednesday disbanding his first band. But since the Frankenstein Drag Queens' demise, it has ironically won a worldwide cult following. Wednesday can't help but laugh: "In the beginning, the 'Drag Queens were inspired by Ed Wood. In the end, the band was like Ed Wood in that he wasn't popular until after he died either.
Murderdolls, meanwhile, was put on hold in 2003 as Jordison returned to the studio and the road with Slipknot. Wednesday returned home, immediately locked himself in his basement, and emerged with over 100 songs written. In June 2004, he began work on his first solo album, playing all but the drums himself. True to form, Wednesday has stitched together a morgue-full of influences horror films, cartoons, punk and heavy metal into a spook-tacular monster-mosh of an album, Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead. Fans of White Zombie, Rob Zombie, AFI, Alkaline Trio the aforementioned 'Dolls, as well as metal, punk, and horror in general will find the record at once refreshing and outrageous. With his sallow complexion and raven dreadlocks, Wednesday may look like a grim goth at first glance, but the singer/guitarist is more a throwback to the days of Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister, when rock music had no more pretentious aspirations than being over-the-top, escapist fun.
The song I Walked with a Zombie, for instance, was inspired by the 1943 horror movie of the same name. It's one of the first movies that dealt with voodoo, the singer/guitarist explains. But I just went in a totally different direction the song is actually kind of a love song about a zombie.
The song Elect Death for President, meanwhile, was inspired by the TV news. I was watching CNN last year, and I was like 'You know, this is scarier than any horror movie,' Wednesday recalls. I'm not a political person, but it doesn't take a genius to realize that there are problems. So I started making up sarcastic lyrics about a campaign where Death was actually running for president. I felt kind of weird afterwards, like Did I just write a political song? Or not?'
The recording now behind him and the bloody, infectious results commited to tape, the singer/guitarist is burning to sink his fangs into the rock world's throat once again. Despite his writing and performing the record himself, Wednesday 13 is a band, which includes Wednesday on vocals/guitar, Ghastly on drums, Kid Kid on bass and Pig on guitar. Once the record was done, the band immediately hit the road, playing a 16-date club tour of the UK/Europe to warm up the new material. The tour was a great success, drawing thousands of fans and affirming Wednesday's ability to connect with fans, whatever the project.
Growing up a little blonde kid in the middle of the Bible Belt (North Carolina, where he still resides), Wednesday escaped at an early age into a world of creature features and rock gods. I'm the perfect example of what television and rock 'n' roll can do to a kid with no plans to be a doctor or fireman, says Wednesday. I still sort of live inside of a television. My songs stem from movies and things I've seen on TV. It seems natural, then, that each track on Transylvania 90210 is an episode in the outrageously shocking mini-series that Wednesday 13 created. Tune In: Wednesday 13's debut album will be your new guilty pleasure.
The band’s origins date back to December 2015, though long relationships exist between the majority of the members. Conversations between Johnson and guitarist Brian Jackson (formerly of Skinlab) got the ball rolling, and soon afterward Jackson entered the studio with Mader to start “hashing out” some music. Getting wind of this, bassist Matt Snell (formerly of Five Finger Death Punch) – a long time friend and often tour mate of Jackson and Johnson – enthusiastically offered his services. Drummer Darren Badorine who had previously collaborated with Johnson was soon drafted into the fold, the final piece of the puzzle coming with ex-Skinlab guitarist Marcos Medina. “When we were looking for a second guitarist Brian said ‘dude, why didn’t I think of this sooner – I’ve got the perfect guy! Hang on lemme call him!’ That was it, super smooth and easy and the band was going. It was like it was ‘meant to be’.”
The various personalities and styles of the members soon gelled, and bonded and driven by a common goal they worked quickly and passionately. The result is a collection of songs that not only land with phenomenal force but skewer the listener with ruthless hooks. “That was our goal, what we wanted to do with these songs, but at the same time we didn’t want every track to be the same, so we firmly stuck to the idea of always doing what was right for the individual song. Logan was instrumental in this department. He really seems to inspire confidence while recording, and pulls music out of people they maybe didn’t know they had in them.” Listen to lead off track “Making My Amends” and you will get the full on Invidia effect: tighter than hell, built around monstrous grooves and armed with a truly scathing chorus that makes you want to punch whatever is in your vicinity at the time. Blast your eardrums with “Now Or Never” and you will be no less pummelled, but its industrial-infused thunder, propulsive rhythms and cinematic grandiosity will take you to a wholly different place. Or crank up “Feed The Fire” and embrace the southern grooves woven into its titanic riffing, its chorus and climax almost impossibly huge. Producer, Logan Mader says "I loved working on this album! Inivia's sound has huge balls while maintaining a great sense mass appeal with big hooks and heavy grooves. The guys are dead serious about making it all happen and very self sufficient. Producing records like this are the ones that make my job fun and inspiring."
In tandem with constantly switching things up musically, Johnson covers a variety of subjects in his lyrics, adding to the emotional resonance of the record. “There are songs like “Making My Amends”, which is about getting sober. Then there’s “Smell The Kill”, which is about being a sniper, and “Marching Dead”, which is about the dead rising and taking over the world, and “Truth In The Sky” is about being a liar and being outed for it. Like with the music there were no rules.” While Johnson never fails to deliver when it comes to unleashing his mighty larynx, adding a further element to the record the band drafted in Gemini Syndrome frontman Aaron Nordstrom to lend his tones to “The Other Side”. “He was in Vegas over at Brian’s pad, and he and I were bouncing ideas around on the tune and it just had to happen! Aaron is an amazing artist, his ideas on that song were so good, and his contributions are amazing.”
With the album primed to drop, those coming into contact with the band’s music will likely Google the definition of Invidia, and learn that the latin phrase refers to a sense of envy, conjuring a sense of spite and resentment at the success of others. It is not unreasonable to suggest that a great many bands currently operating in the active-rock/metal sphere will feel just that when confronted by the songs on As The Sun Sleeps, the album title also connected to this concept. “We’re a Vegas based band, we’re out at night, and that’s also when the ‘demons come out to play’, as the last track on the record says. You see a lot of envy and judgment in the world, even more so if you’re an ‘out every night’ sort of guy.” Of course, eliciting such feelings was not the band’s intent when they wrote and recorded the album, focused on making great songs and having fun with it. “When the fun is gone it becomes work, so a goal for us is to find a way to maintain a positive influence in what we do, and avoid it ever becoming something that seems like a chore. That’s how we make the music we make.” While Johnson remains committed to In This Moment he has every intent on touring hard with As The Sun Sleeps, not wanting Invidia to ever be considered a side project. “Who knows, maybe we’ll tour with In This Moment and I’ll get to pull a double every night!” he laughs. “Stranger things have happened!”
The brainchild of vocalist Lindy Gabriel, Gabriel And The Apocalypse independently put out 2 releases which were backed by numerous national support tours around the United States. Their intense and and professional style videos also paved the way for the group to become an underground sensation.
It was this self produced success that led GATA to ink a deal with Pavement Entertainment to which they immediately began work on their new album "The Ghost Parade". This new release (available October 7, 2016) is sure to propel the band to new heights with major worldwide distribution and exposure. To kick off the album's release GATA will tour with horror rock favorite Wednesday 13 throughout the month of October. The group plans on a heavy and extensive touring cycle to follow.
According to Lindy, "The Ghost Parade" is a concept record that brings you on a music roller coaster ride. From in your face songs like "March of the Dolls" to stripped down emotional songs like" Behind the Sun", this record still maintains a taste of the usual GATA anthems on politics and world issues but as a whole it is more personal. I feel as a writer and lyricist it is more abstract & poetic. I feel more exposed and vulnerable. It's honest. It flows and twists through different waves and moods from beginning to end.
Formed in 2014, Kill For Mother has developed not only a musical direction unlike the members' previous projects, but also a distinctive visual style built on a love of horror.
They played their first live show to an already loyal fanbase ravenous to see this exciting new band. They are currently in the final stages of mixing an EP and will tour extensively throughout 2015.
Kill For Mother's music is a unique blend of brutal, yet sonically balanced composition. Their approach is complex yet accessible and aims for an aggressive, intelligent crowd. Intense music complimented with striking visuals, Kill For Mother is more than a band, they are an EXPERIENCE.
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