Gunfire 76 – Casualties & Tragedies
Wednesday 13, 2009
Shock rock solo artist and former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 has collaborated with guitarist Todd Youth (Danzig, D-Generation, The Chelsea Smiles) to step out of his usual fare with a punk rock record. By punk rock, I mean the rock and roll based sounds of Social Distortion and D-Generation, not the pop-punk of Blink 182, Green Day, and their ilk. This is dirty, street rock and roll. The songs are simple, straight-ahead rockers with enough angst to give the album an edge. Most songs are mid-tempo rompers, with “Rocket To Nowhere” and “Nothing’s All I Need” being good representation of the album. “Something For The Suffering” and “Los Angel-Less” slow things down a bit without loss of focus on the album’s overall sound. Wednesday 13’s voice is also more varied and interesting than some of his past work. At his angriest his voice here reminds me of Kory Clarke from Warrior Soul, while shades of Alice Cooper creep in on the slower numbers. If you like old-school punk rock (with the emphasis on rock), then Casualties & Tragedies is an album that shouldn’t disappoint you. Wednesday 13 and Todd Youth have succeeded in crafting an album that achieves their objectives in bringing back the vibe of The Stooges, New York Dolls, and Deadboys. I admire Wednesday 13 for trying something different and have newfound respect for how well he has implemented this vision.
Gunfire 76 will be appearing at The Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on Monday, November 16. Support will come from Bullets And Octane, The Becoming, and They Live.