INTERVIEW: Signal 13

Hi Vicky, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

VS: Thank you for having me. The last few days have been a whirlwind! Our first single and video, “Dirty” were released on Friday. Since that time, myself and the band, along with our team have been on the phone, emails, socials, etc…talking with people and trying the spread the word on the band.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dirty”?

VS: The song was written about hard working people trying to get ahead.  Eventually it morphed into things that happened to the band – from corrupt business practices and people who have done us dirty. Then we added a little sex appeal to it.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

VS: The music business is very tough for new bands. “Dirty” was us shouting out to everyone sayins, ‘Hey we’re still standing and working hard. We’re not going to let anyone get in on way.’ We want to prove that hard work and persistence pays off. It’s a good rocking song that makes you want to get up and dance.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

VS: We went to a pipe-bending facility that opened in the 1860’s and is still in operation. All of us in the band are from blue-collar hard-working families and our goal with the video was to represent our core audience. The factory is located in the same are that was Bethlehem Steel.

The single comes off your new album Destination Unknown – what’s the story behind the title?

VS: We don’t know where we are going, so our destination is unknown. We didn’t have any deep meaning behind the title, it just fit.

How was the recording and writing process?

VS: The principle songwriters in the band are Jon Lassiter (lead guitar), Pat Jenkins (bass) and myself. We write the music together and I write the lyrics and the melodies. Everyone in the band writes all the time, it is an exercise that you need to do daily to improve on those skills. I will bring an idea for a song and we record and try and play different riffs. The song, “Stay With Me,” began to take shape after 17 minutes and 28 seconds into jamming. We took a 20 second riff that happened during that jam sesson and formed the song. The music tells me what it wants to be. Most songs take 10 different re-writes until it feels correct and right.  When we work together, we’re brutally honest about our music and we make changes to each other’s parts to get it correct. Recording is the same way. If we need to add different instruments, vocals, hand claps, snaps etc. We all get involved.

What role does Baltimore play in your music?

VS: Baltimore is home to us. Our first song, “Dirty” is about the hard working people in Baltimore that have been here all of their lives, trying to make ends meet and a difference in the community. Everyone in this band has come from blue-collar families. That’s who we are and “Dirty” is a tribute to the blue-collar class…and we added a little sex appeal to it and that put it over the top.

How do you go on balancing your love for classic rock with your much modern sensibilities?

VS: So much ‘80s music has been reborn with various documentaries and biopics. The ‘80s music is fun, pop-oriented with a hard rock edge. We want to bring back the “fun” of that music with a modern feel to it.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

VS: Our inspirations come from everywhere – different sounds, smells and visuals give us ideas for music. It’s hard to nail down our inspiration to just one source.

Any plans to hit the road?

VS: YES!!!! We can’t wait to get back on the road. We initially had some dates with Tesla scheduled for the end of April, followed by Slaughter and LA Guns in May, but due to the virus, those dates have postponed until the fall. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon and we can get out to see everyone.

What else is happening next in Signal 13’s world?

VS: Right now, we’re working hard promoting our new release. We only released, “Dirty” to digital outlets right now. The full 5-song EP is available on our website. We’ll be releasing more songs in the future, but if fans want to hear all our original music, visit our website: Since everyone has been on order to ‘stay home,’ we’ve been using technology to write more new material. We have 5 songs complete, with 12 more in progress. We’re working the with challenges during the COVID and trying to write music and practice long distance.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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