Despite not having a viral music video or selling hundreds of thousands of CDs (at least not yet), local band 13:1 still has something most bands could only dream of: the guys have a menu item with their name on it.
Fans of 13:1, and those new to it, could have the best of both worlds at Sport Zone this Saturday night as guests will experience the alternative-rock/metal band’s savory tunes as well as have the opportunity to munch on some hearty 13:1 Seafood Nachos (topped with homemade queso cheese, sautéed shrimp, crab meat, shredded lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo over a sea of tortilla chips). The band has enjoyed feasting on the nachos so much that Sport Zone honored the band, nearly a year ago, by renaming the dish after the guys.
Signed to Philadelphia-based record label Toil Records, 13:1 is preparing to release a new album that’s currently untitled and slated for late winter or early 2013.
Focusing their efforts on anchoring a more technical, mightier and edgier vibe for the new project, 13:1 guitartist John Wetherall, 39, of Dover, said one of the new tunes the gang might dish out at Sport Zone is the uplifting song “Angel,” which is “about somebody helping you out and you always got somebody you can lean towards.”
Another song is the introspective “Listen.” Written by frontman Pete Martinez, the tune is essentially a letter the listener, in which Martinez allows them to peak behind the curtain and see the unglamorous side of performing in a band.
“Some verses in there kind of speak to the fans, what we go through and how my voice is cracking,” explained Wetherall of Martinez’s point of view from the song. “It’s a song that tells them: “I’m singing, I’m doing this and it puts wear-and-tear on me.”
Not to mention, the addition of new drummer Mike Kline and bassist Morgan “The Morgue” Shulenburger in March, who’ve both been longtime friends of the band, have contributed to the crew’s beefier sound on the forthcoming project.
“Mike is a phenomenal drummer,” beamed Wetherall. “A lot of people call him a machine.”
He added, “We’ve known him and The Morgue for 18 years. They were in another band and kind of absorbed into us. They just give us more power than we ever had.”
Having dropped its self-titled, debut album in 2009, 13:1 has been adamant about siding with quality than quality as it pertains to delivering new music.
“We didn’t want to be one of the bands that pump out CDs,” Wetherall said. “We want to put time and thought and have the CD be good, instead of just pumping out music. The more time you take to evolve with each other, I believe, the better your music can be.”
13:1’s forthcoming album is nearly completed. Since the musical arrangements have already been recorded, the only things left for the guys to do are record the vocals at Philly Jam Recording in Philadelphia in September, Wetherall said.