Behind The Tracks: WEAK13 - On The BBC (Single) (2023)

British band WEAK13 have released possibly the most provocative stance towards the acronym ‘BBC’ with their latest single ‘On the BBC’. WEAK13 frontman and guitarist revealed “This is a song for every musician, band or songwriter out there that feels deliberately ignored by modern mainstream media”.

When asked “What does ‘On the BBC’ stand for?” the WEAK13 singer & guitarist Nick J Townsend added “It could arguably be ‘Bureaucratic Boundary Controllers’, ‘Big Black Chicken’ or perhaps ‘Bigot Box Calculator’ but lyrics are subjective so it can mean anything that the listener prefers, we’re diverse writers. There is a broadcasting company in Britain that shares the same initials but that’s likely mere coincidence”.

The song heavily strays away from the signature brand of metal punk rock normally produced by WEAK13 yet still bashes the listener over the head with, what could be described as, pure sarcastic commercialism. It’s potentially the most radio-friendly song ever recorded by the band; there’s even a short tap dancing solo by guest musician Laura Stanyer from the band Naked Sunday.

‘On the BBC’ features a wide range of channelled musical inspirations according to WEAK13 who acknowledge Kenny Everett, Morecambe & Wise, Les Dawson, Norman wisdom, The Humdrum Express, Pixies, Korn, Elvis, William Shatner and Frank Sinatra as major influences. The single and music video was released on November 13th 2023 via Sliptrick Records and it is available on all major music platforms.

Song credits:

Music by Nick J Townsend, Laura Stanyer & The Gideon Complex. Mixed & Engineered by The Gideon Complex. Recorded at FrEQ Audio Recordings in Coventry (UK). Mastered by Zac Zikis. Artwork for single by Andy Meanock. Available from Sliptrick Records on all music platforms.

Music video credits:

Filmed and directed by Billy Ghuman & Nick J Townsend. Jewellery by Scarlet In Chains.

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