Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wednesday 13 at the Studio at Webster Hall

Joseph Poole, known professionally as Wednesday 13, is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. A fan of campy horror, he named himself after the daughter in the Addams Family and the street address of The Munsters. Starting at age 16, Poole has played in Mizery, Psycho Opera, Maniac Spider Trash, Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, Murderdolls, Bourbon Crow, Gunfire 76, and the self-named horror punk band Wednesday 13. Wednesday 13's sixth and most recent album is 2015's concept album, Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague. Poole currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

On stage tonight at the Studio at Webster Hall without his traditional face paint, Poole told the audience that he has wanted to do an Undead Unplugged Tour for years. Hence, the current tour features Wednesday 13 and Roman Surman sitting on chairs and singing to acoustic guitars. The set spanned Wednesday’s catalogue of music from his early bands to more recent recordings. Normally, 13's tongue-in-cheek lyrics are energized by hard rocking gothic, glam or metal; tonight the emphasis was on voice, lyrics and acoustic flourishes, presenting the catalogue in an entirely new light. The gritty Alice Cooper-like vocals remained, but all else was comparatively sedate. Nevertheless, songs like "Rambo" drew fist pumps and even a little head banging. Between songs, 13 recalled humorous road stories and dedicated several time segments to questions from the audience. After intermission, 13's outlaw country side project, Bourbon Crow, performed an acoustic set; Bourbon Crow tonight consisted of Poole under the alias of Buck Bourbon, Surman and guitarist Rayen Belchere under the alias of Jessie Crow. It was a chill night for the undead.