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WEAK13 UNVEIL VIKING STYLE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE

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WEAK13 have released the ‘Loyal Coward’ music video, set in the Viking Age, and featuring the Svartland Living History Society, who hail from Wordsley in the West Midlands.

The band’s latest music video, taken from their debut album ‘They Live’, is definitely the most commercial sounding WEAK13 song to date, but nothing is ever quite what it seems in regards to how they function.

Normally a WEAK13 tune is coated in semiotics, subliminal messages or loud subtext, but the first glance of ‘Loyal Coward’ appears surprisingly landmine-free, extremely mainstream, and very radio friendly.

Whilst on the surface it appears as if this is them selling out, it’s more than likely that this is a clever rouse rather than a U-turn, but are they really playing with people’s minds?

WEAK13 are one of the most influential British DIY bands from the last decade, always inspiring up-and-coming bands with their strong anti-mainstream message, manic self-funded music videos, and no-holds-barred song content.

As they announce their brand new music video release, ‘Loyal Coward’, they, like clockwork, prepare their annual middle finger which has become almost a tradition like a Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show once was.

The two main band members, vocalist/guitarist Nick J Townsend and bassist Wesley Smith, commented on why the new single was noticeably different to the majority of their other releases.

Nick stated: “We’re musicians; not louts. There’s always been those boring critics who label us as a rah rah band because they aren’t smart enough to adequately address the music“.

Wesley added: “Yeah, I guess with ‘Loyal Coward’, we’re showing folks who screw with us that we’re songwriters“.

Nick continued: “It’s a tune that lyrically means a lot to me; I don’t really care what it means to you; no offence intended. There are no subliminal messages in this song either; you have my word as a professional liar“.

After a few more one-liners from Nick, Wesley decided to answer the original question: “It’s a pop song with an unpopular theme which is depression and addiction; obviously it’s different because we’re using a variety of acoustic instruments; Nick wrote most of it in about two days during a very low point. He was a total mess a few years ago after a relationship breakup, so I told him to just write“.

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Lyrically, ‘Loyal Coward’ appears to convey an anti-drinking message heavily hinting failure and yet the tune itself is arguably cunningly disguised as a drinking anthem.

The music video, which was directed and produced by Nick, is set during the Viking Age and features special guest appearances including the Svartland Living History Society and Birmingham DJ Pandora Rox.

Nick revealed some of the backstory: “It was originally going to be set in the present, but I shelved the idea as it seemed too dull so recreating a historical period seemed more interesting.

The really smart thing for me to say is that the Vikings in the story represent alcohol and how it can screw up everything in your life or everyone around you, but I just made that up a minute ago to sound like I know what I’m talking about; I think that’s definitely the reason I’ll give from now on though.

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‘THEY LIVE’, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM WEAK13, IS AVAILABLE NOW TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM iTunes, SPOTIFY, AMAZON MUSIC, DEEZER & MORE.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WEAK13 HERE.

 

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WEAK13 REVEAL SURPRISE COLLABORATION WITH HIP-HOP ARTIST FONZi NeuTRON

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Underground British band rock WEAK13 have shocked many of their supporters due to a surprise collaboration with top hip-hop artist FONZi NeuTRON.

A music video for a song titled ‘Frequency’ emerged on the official Facebook and YouTube channel for the Birmingham rapper, which reveals WEAK13 frontman & guitarist Nick J Townsend and bassist Wesley Smith performing with him.

The song, which has a very underground 90’s feel, has already gone down well with hip-hop audiences and this seems to confirm that WEAK13 have no plans on staying quiet whilst they write the follow up to their well-received debut album, ‘They Live’.

Earlier this year the Midlands rock outfit surprised their audiences again by revealing a love for British band Depeche Mode after releasing the ‘Halo’ single, a rock-fuelled cover of the classic tune which first appeared on the 1990 ‘Violater’ album.

The single, which is now available in Europe, Asia and the UK on Spotify, Amazon Music, and iTunes, sparked much debate on the internet with fans from both camps arguing with each other.

Whilst some Depeche Mode fans appreciated how WEAK13 had made Halo their own song, as it was recorded in their style whilst simultaneously saluting the original, others objected to the heavier take on it. WEAK13 themselves, of course, were happy with the controversy caused by their version of the tune.

WEAK13 are still writing and recording their second album, but many fans are enjoying the surprise cover releases and collaborations that are emerging whilst they await it, and rumours are circulating of future cover versions by the three-piece of established songs.

For more info, go to the band’s official website: weak13official.com

 

WEAK13 RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO

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British underground post-punk band WEAK13 have released a new music video for their song ‘Obey The Slave’ from their 2016 album ‘They Live’.

The video was filmed in a real English magistrates court and revolves around a theme of law and order. The song raises questions about authority and activism with thought-provoking lyrics and proudly shouts “Don’t start a revolution. Have a revelation and share. Wake up“.

The band is currently preparing to record their second as yet untitled studio album with producer John Stewart at FrEQ in Coventry. Speaking to the website, frontman and guitarist Nick J Townsend revealed: “We were so impressed with the engineering by Stewart on the They Live album; it’s important news that we’ll be able to work with him again and we know already that he’ll do the new material the justice it deserves.”

‘They Live’ contains “Obey The Slave” and is exclusively available from http://weak13official.com/

YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO AT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn1Qq3L9xA0″

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WEAK13 (from l-r): Neel Parmar (drums), Nick J. Townsend (vocals/guitar), Wesley Smith (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Midlands three-piece WEAK13 have been going for nearly twenty years now, but the success and praise they have worked so hard for has only come relatively recently.

Led by vocalist/guitarist Nick J. Townsend, a man with many talents, the band have a sound that is a real mix of grunge, punk and metal, drawn from a wide variety of influences.

Their recently released debut album ‘They Live’ has had nothing but rave reviews, with many noting its strength and depth musically and lyrically.

Therefore, it is little wonder that WEAK13 are seen as one of the biggest names on the British underground music scene.

However, they have refused to let all of this go to their head, with them heading straight back into the studio to put together their eagerly anticipated follow-up.

I chatted with Nick about their journey so far, their latest offering and what the future holds for the outfit.

How did the band get together initially?

WEAK13 was founded years ago, but it wasn’t until around 2010 that the current line up got together and began writing songs for what has now become our debut studio album ‘They Live’.

All of us have played in different bands over the years and I think as we all have so many influences to put on the table that its helped WEAK13 craft its own unique sound. The massive amount of praise and positive album reviews reflects this.

How did the band name come about?

There’s about a dozen interviews where I’ve explained this in great detail, but the bare bones of it is that we wanted the best band name and now we have it.

To somebody discovering your sound for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

Imagine a band that plays and records good rock songs, writes about stuff that you can relate to and doesn’t answer to a record company, isn’t fed with a silver spoon, works their nuts off to ensure you get good music videos to make you laugh or think outside the box. I guess that’s WEAK13.

If we’re talking music taste, then there’s something for people with a punk attitude who love solid metal guitar riffs cloaked in a commercial sound, we write about serious subjects that most can identify with, and we have a lot of fun at the expense of the psychopathic control freaks who run this planet.

What are the band’s musical influences?

If you enjoyed the guitar bands of the 1990s, then you’ll arguably love WEAK13 as the band grew up with Beavis & Butthead.

Bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam have had a massive influence musically but lyrically it’s a totally different ball game as we write about harsh reality.

WEAK13 songs can be inspired from anything we see as in the interest of the public. A theme for a new tune can be about something we come into direct contact with that we feel strongly about, a satirical opinion on a government decision that will harm millions, watching a Peekay Truth YouTube video, witnessing news media fabricating lies to the masses, the death of a loved one, hope for humanity – influences are all around you, but you have to be aware of your own strengths and embrace your original ideas.

What is your approach to songwriting?

Every WEAK13 song is a separate entity with a strong life force. We’ve never written the same song twice, why would you?

Songwriting to us is an art form and each song serves a purpose. For example, ‘Ashes In Autumn’ from the ‘They Live’ album focuses on loss but there’s a strong sense of happiness, hope and moving on forward conveyed in the lyrics; the song is almost like therapy for someone trying to cope with bereavement.

The tune narrative throws you into the depths of dealing with death, attempts to help release the pain you have bottled up inside you and then we hope musically gives the listener a sense of direction to move forward; making music that you can shape around a story such as that took a lot of time.

How we record in the studio is another process to assist the songwriting; when we were recording a set of vocals for ‘Ashes In Autumn’, I broke down in tears but continued to sing. We then recorded another take where I sang the same thing in a more happier and optimistic state; in the final mix both versions were used by the engineer John Stewart for key moments during the song and your heart strings tug in so many directions when you hear the lyrics. There are many layers of thought to a WEAK13 song.

Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?

I think a good songwriter has to start with a subject before writing anything and when you’ve decided what you want to talk about in a song, then it’s a good call to do some research on it; that might sound boring to some, but you’ll trust the opinion more of someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about rather than somebody with a vague amount of knowledge of a subject and singing as if they have a dick in their mouth.

Now I know that a lot of mainstream rock bands have songwriters who do their dirty work for them and I think that’s why so many of them sound so uncompassionate on a record.

A voice is very telling; I don’t care how good a singer you think you are, but if you’re singing about being almost beaten to death, yet you’ve never even had anything like that happen to you, then in most instances, the listener will not hear a real sense of honesty or real passion and feeling in your voice.

Your vocals are like a unique fingerprint and you can often tell when a lyric sung by someone has a deeper backstory to it by the way the vocalist has expressed it.

Working with a good engineer in the recording studio is important too. When John Stewart worked on the ‘They Live’ album with us, we had someone else in the room to offer advice on how to get the best result from a performance.

‘They Live’, which was your debut album, came out recently. How’s the reaction been to it so far?

We knew we had a strong album, but once the reviews came pouring in, we couldn’t believe how well it’s been received. Reviewers have been so positive; they have said great things about WEAK13, so we know that for the next album we have to make them proud as we now have a strong reputation.

A lot of people are impressed that we also self-released and financed an album as professional sounding as ‘They Live’ and also the fact that we have not allowed it to be streamed.

People have to buy a physical album from the band website weak13official.com and it has surprised us how popular it’s becoming, it shows that fans love CDs still and they want all the lyrics and artwork, so we make sure they have it all.  

What’s the band’s experience playing live?

We love playing live, because that’s how every band really begins and when you’ve written new songs, it is so wonderful to see how a crowd reacts to them.

We’re a damn good band live and we really appreciate all the opportunities we get to play with really cool musicians.

I think every band has weaknesses and strengths playing live, but we put on a good show and we always are privileged seeing others love what we do.

Recently, we’ve had a string of really great live shows and worked with a variety of different very skilled drummers live such as Sean Ty Dell and Justin James from the band Buzzard.

I think since recording an album, we’ve become a much stronger live band.

What have you got planned for the near future?

There’s a lot of big plans we have, but we take our time on our own terms when it comes to making anything public.

We are currently writing the second WEAK13 album and it’s sounding rather good to be honest; every time we write a new song that we’re all happy with, we compare it to songs from our debut, and we just know how happy it’s going to make the people who’ve enjoyed the ‘They Live’ album. When they hear the new record, they’re going to smile.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

I think it’s harder to answer that question with each year; we’ve already made so many impossibilities a reality, so anything is possible for us.

The band began in the gutter, but now we’re at a stage where credible music journalists are taking us very seriously.

I think the long-term aim is to be able to eventually look back at a long career in music, but keep moving forward regardless.

WEAK13 has grown so much in recent years, and we’ve no intention of slowing down.

WEAK13’S DEBUT ALBUM, ‘THEY LIVE’ IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FROM THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE weak13official.com

THEIR NEXT ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED AT A DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.

MORE INFO AT:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/weak13fanpage/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/weak13

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/weak13/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/nickweak13/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEAK13 – ‘They Live’ (5/5)

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

‘They Live’ is the debut full-length studio album from Midlands rock three-piece Weak13.

Having initially formed back in 1999, it wasn’t until five years ago that the outfit, led by multi-talented frontman Nick J. Townsend, released their first EP, the critically-acclaimed ‘Live Ammo’.

Therefore, there has been a sense of eager anticipation for their latest offering from the band’s loyal fan base.

Straight from the opener ‘My Last Summer With You’, and right the way through to closer ‘Obey The Slave’, it is clear that it has been well worth the lengthy wait.

The sound is mainly a continuation of their experimentally-focused EP, drawing on a varied range of influences.

There’s a real mix of punk, grunge and metal, which in the hands of lesser talents would be a musical mess, but here, they effectively fuse the genres to create something that is truly a great listen.

The main lyrical themes deal with the criticism of the wealthy and powerful, and how they use their assets to manipulate ordinary people.

This is most evident in what is arguably the strongest track of the album, ‘Here Come The Drones’, which serves as both an attack on the establishment for forcing everybody else to act in their own best interests, and everyday citizens for not making enough of a stand against them.

Some of the songs do depart from this subject matter however, most noticeably ‘Loyal Coward’, which contains a more melodic sound and lyrics dealing with a man whose girlfriend has just walked on him.

Townsend’s vocals act as a liaison between the sound and lyrics, with a delivery that seems to be a fusion of Lemmy and Kurt Cobain.

‘They Live’ is an album which has much strength and depth, and serves as perfect justification for Weak13’s tag as one of the biggest names in contemporary British underground music.

Also, it provides a refreshing antidote to some of the shallow, poorly constructed popular music out there currently.

TOP TRACK: ‘Here Come The Drones’