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WEAK13 in 2012 taken at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. Shown from left to right: Parmar, Townsend and Smith.
WEAK13 in 2012 taken at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. Shown from left to right: Parmar, Townsend and Smith.
Background information
OriginKidderminster, West Midlands, England
Years active1999–present
Past membersLuke Johnson

Weak13 is an English alternative rock band founded in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England, by Nick J. Townsend in 1999. The band's underground nature was first documented in the book Get Your Kicks on the A456 published in October 2009 and written by author John Combe.[1] After working with filmmaker Chris Stone[2] in 2010, their song "Wake Down" won Best Music Video at the London Limelight Film & Arts Awards.[3] On 11 November 2011, they released an experimental live album titled Live Ammo. In 2011, a follow up music video "You Don't Love Me" was released directed by Martyn Kilvert.[4]

In 2012, the band consisting of Nick J. Townsend, Wesley Smith and Neel Parmar began work on recording the first professional Weak13 studio album with producer John Stewart from British band Eight Great Fears;[5] the They Live album was completed in 2015.[6] They Live was first heard in public at a Birmingham nightclub called Plug located in Digbeth on 6 November 2015.[7] Henry Smithson was chosen to master the They Live album after the band heard his previous work for Stereophonics.

Weak13 began working with film makers Greg Gdow and Margaret Mas of FiftySeven Studios in 2013 to produce a trilogy of music videos to promote demo versions of songs "Joke",[8] "Sex Pest"[9] and "Go Away".[10] All three of these songs became later rerecorded in the studio. "Go Away" was not included on the final version of the debut album.

During 2015 the band participated in a charity nude calendar to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support;.[11] The three piece were seen naked in the calendar as the month of March along with The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins who appeared as Mr September.


  • Best music video – London Limelight Film & Arts Awards 2010 for "Wake Down", directed by Chris Stone

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Release details
2015 They Live
  • Release: 6 November 2015
  • Label: Self Release
  • Formats: CD

Live albums[edit]

Year Release details
2011 Live Ammo


  1. ^ Combe, John. Get Your Kicks on the A456. p. 17. ISBN 0-9550482-0-6.
  2. ^ "Metal band goes into battle in video shoot (From Kidderminster Shuttle)". Kidderminstershuttle.co.uk. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Limelight 2010 - Limelight Film Awards". Limelightawards.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Band's call for Stourbridge video volunteers (From Stourbridge News)". Stourbridgenews.co.uk. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. ^ Lawrence, Carina. "WEAK13 - THEY LIVE Debut Album Review!". carinasmusicreviews.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Kidderminster music fans should recognise some of the tracks on Weak13's new album (From Kidderminster Shuttle)". Kidderminstershuttle.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "WEAK 13 to release debut studio album – They Live – Nov 6th". Midlands Metalheads. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Weak13 reveal new video for "Joke"". The Midlands Rocks. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Grunge rockers Weak13 go live on YouTube | Dudley News". Kidderminstershuttle.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Black Country band WEAK13 celebrate launch of 13th music video | Stourbridge News". Theargus.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Black Country singer gets his socks off - and the rest - for charity". Dudleynews.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2020.

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