It’s been over half a decade, but the ‘Dolls are back in town, bringing their IE presence full-circle with their June 15 date at Pomona’s The Glass House in support of their upcoming album, Women & Children Last (tentatively set to drop August 31 on Roadrunner Records), a disc that Wednesday 13 considers the band’s true debut.
“To us, this is the first Murderdolls album,” says the North Carolina native in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where he’s been taking daily walks “getting in training for shows.”
“The last one [2002’s Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls] was just kind of like a demo, so to speak,” he says.
With songs like “She Was a Teenage Zombie” and “B-Movie Scream Queen,” that first full-length had a definite theme running through it, a motif of horror punk imagery that immediately put the Murderdolls in the company of fellow horror aficionados like The Misfits and AFI. But according to Wednesday, fans who are expecting more of the same may end up disappointed.
“There’re no horror movie themes on this record, it’s just us in our 30s pissed the fuck off,” he says. “It’s just an in-your-face, we’re-gonna-break-in-your-house-with-baseball-bats-and-stand-over-you-while-you-sleep kind of a record.”
Talk about a mouthful.
If Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls owed quite a bit to the horror punk that Glenn Danzig and Co. popularized, Women & Children Last has just as much to accredit to the hair metal of the ’80s (the album’s title is a play on Van Halen’s 1980 album Women and Children First), right down to a cameo appearance by Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars.
“He’s been an idol of ours for years. He’s one of the guys I consider one of the ‘villains of rock,’ just one of the guys that I don’t think ever got their dues,” says Wednesday. “Once it was all said and done, it’s just a cool thing to go back and listen to the songs and go, ‘Mick Mars played on two songs my dumb ass wrote.’ It’s a long way from North Carolina.”
As for what fans can expect from the Murderdolls’ first live show in six years, the frontman remains unsure.
“I’ve been walking around thinking the same thing. We’re not a huge band, we’re not playing an arena, we’re not coming out with firebombs and video screens and shit,” he says. “We’re just doing it the D.I.Y. punk-rock kind of way.”
If there’s anything Wednesday 13 does know for sure, though, it’s that the Murderdolls, once cast aside as nothing more than a vanity project, are coming on strong, and they don’t plan on stopping for quite a while.
“We plan on taking this all around the world and hopefully doing it for at least a year and a half, two years. People won’t forget who the fuck Murderdolls are when this album cycle’s done.”
Murderdolls w/Vampires Everywhere at The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us, www.murderdollsband.com. Tues, June 15. Doors 7PM. $15.