Originally Posted on: May 24th, 2012
Marquis DeBlood recently caught up with Birmingham UK's Thirteen Shots vocalist Johnny. After dodging a few bullets and a quick left jab, Marquis was quick enough to tie'em down for a few minutes and get them to spill the beans on the band.
H-P: First off, can you tell us a little bit about the band? How you came to be. How you came up with the name. Current line-up.
JOHNNY: well it all started one dark night. i met Joe (Guitar) and we had a simple vision, of forming a band with mixed styles while maintaining Horror lyrics. Chelsea (Drums) joined about 5 months in and both Izzy (Guitar) and GMT (Bass) joined begining of this year
H-P: Now, you just released your debut album "Vaudeville". What's the story behind the title?
JOHNNY: when we was writing we noticed that our album was becoming exacly what we wanted (mixed in styles) so we set about thinking of a name.
I am a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy and Charles Chaplin and they both started life in Vaudeville.
Vaudeville is a Variety show which toured up and down the states in the early 1900's. so i thought it would be a perfect name for our debut album.
H-P: The album has been garnering quite the buzz. That's gotta feel good but do you think the pressure to do your next album just as good if not better will be a hinderence to the song writing process?
JOHNNY: Not at all in fact we are even more excited to frecord and release the next one! Vaudeville was written by Joe,Chelsea and Myself (Izzy and GMT joined while we was recording) so the next album will be the first real Thirteen Shots album.
H-P: Speaking of the song writing process, what's your process to writing?
JOHNNY: Well to start with we don't have any barriers, we never say we can't do that style. we just relax and enjoy each other company, once an idea is set we tighten the music while I improvise lyrics. I have an idea of what i want the subject to be but I never fully write lyrics intill we record it, I use playing live to test lyrics and see what gets the best reaction then write around that.
H-P: What are some of your influences? Other than Danzig of course... and how do the influence your song writing?
JOHNNY: Thats a tought one, we are influenced by so many styles and bands. i Hope that shows in our songs.
H-P: Do you plan to tour to support "Vaudeville"?
JOHNNY: We have been on tour since the release, We are taking the summer off to write more new tunes then as from Sept we are on the Road again playing most the Major citys in England.
H-P: For the gear heads, what equiptment do you ghouls use?
JOHNNY: Well Chelsea uses Tama drums,Izzy Uses a 15w Vox Night Train amp and a Gibson melody maker, Joe uses a 15w Orange Tiny Terror and a Epiphone Flame Kat Semi-hollow Guitar, GMT uses Trace Elliot bass amp.
H-P: What do you ghouls do in your spare time (when not performing)?
JOHNNY: I enjoy Traveling, Silent Movies, Crying as my favourite soccer team keep losing! Chelsea plays drums in a great Hard Rock band called Khaos Theroy, Izzy enjoys doing his hair and looking good, GMT well he just enjoys going to the local bars trying to find flesh, Joe is a little freaky, he enjoys dressing as a lady and standing on street corners looking for buisness!
H-P: Are there any underground bands that "Rock Your Boat"?
JOHNNY: Yes we have been blessed to play some shows with some killer bands! Trioxin Cherry, Army of walking corpses, Khaos Theroy, Vagas Assult, Nobel Savage, Angry Bomb, Koss, Voodoo Kings, Hola Ghost, Graveyard Johnny and CBT.
H-P: How is the music scene in your area? Is there a horror scene? and what are the crowds like at your shows?
JOHNNY: we are very lucky because of town has a great scene. Because our style is mixed we fit in with most bands. There is not so much a horror scene so we are trying to gain exposure to the genre, it would great if people listened to us and said wow lets check out another horror band!
H-P: What are some of your favorite horror movies?
JOHNNY: I love the old movie Dracular by Tod Browning, Also a comedy movie called Shaun of the Dead.
H-P: As an up and comer, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
JOHNNY: tough question, we have not had much contact with Labels and Managment, I currently do it all myself! I must say tho the internet makes exposing your band and releasing music yourself alot eayer.
It would be great if the next album could be released through a Label but we need more than just putting us on i-tunes!
H-P: So, what's next for Thriteen Shots?
JOHNNY: We are currently writing our next release its current title is 'Tales from Roswell' any guessing what its about?
H-P: Where can people find you on web and get your new album?
JOHNNY: A direct link to our MP3 verson is http://thirteenshots.bandcamp.com/album/vaudeville
H-P: Any final words?
JOHNNY: Just a massive thank you for every bodies support. We have been humbled by the support.
Also a massive thank you to everybody at Horror-Punks for everything. You will forever live in our black Hearts and if we can ever repay you just ask!
H-P: Thanks for taking the time to sit with us and we wish you much success...
Visit Thirteen Shots online: thirteenshots.bandcamp.com/album/vaudeville