Century Thirteen – Self-titled album
Release: Friday 13th July 2018
The Glaswegian punk quartet Century Thirteen released their 13 track full album recently. They have already released four EPs since the band was formed in 2014. Now their music is stronger and more diverse in sound than ever Century Thirteen have been, and this album is their best work to date. The album introduces the band with a blend of pop punk and elements of Alternative Rock. Not only pop punk fans, but a wide range of rock/pop listeners will enjoy what they have crafted for sure.
Century Thirteen might sound similar to – Oh, Weatherly, The Bottom Line, Divided Minds, and Cemetery Drive
Today I am happy to share their self-titled album with their track by track breakdown through their own words and talk of their inspiration behind each song (including the answers to a few questions we asked them). You may find yourself relating to the songs after reading their words.
We used the intro as part of our Get Off music video which gave a spooky kinda vibe before the song kicks in!
- Get Off
We wanted to start the record with one of our hardest hitting songs and we knew Get Off was the best choice the track with its upbeat guitar riff, killer guitar solo and a big chorus packed with vocal harmonies. With its catchy lyrics and hooks, this song really showcases our different styles and influences.
- Is It Just Me?
Such a fun track you would enjoy.
“Is It Just Me?” we ask – this is our version of new pop punk meets old pop punk – going from breakdown style guitar riffs to quick punk rock. This song is fun, fast paced and is the story of rejection which is sung in a catchy energetic way.
- Blow Up The Open World
Sometimes we just like to blow stuff up, of course we mean in the video game world. This is a fun song with lyrics full of video game references. The song tells the story of a gamer who is frustrated with being led down a set path, goes out of their way to break the rules of the game and do things their own way that is causing plenty of chaos in the process. The same philosophy could be applied to all of our lives sometimes. Well, perhaps with less explosions…
- From This Hell
Jump up and down to this jam!
When we wrote this song, we wanted to write something that makes people jump up and down – with catchy bass and drum parts, this song really captures just that, alongside the very real lyrics about drowning in a failed relationship. This song has something that most people can relate to.
- Not My Place
This is our second single and one of our all time favourites to play live.
A song about the friend-zone – this is upbeat, fast paced, and fun. And it is one of our favourites on the album with its overly catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head and story is told through out that helps the listener walks in our shoes and experience our ups and downs in our lives.
For Grunge fans. This one was a lot of fun to make, please share if you enjoy!
Possibly the most chaotic track on the album, as this track is deliberately noisy and erratic, with stop-start guitar riffs alternating with shouting vocals. The song tells a story about someone who wakes up outside in a park after a night of partying, and contemplating their existence and purpose in life.
- The Last
For fans of Bad Religion and other fast paced punk rock bands, a song that you can play Tony Hawks along to.
This is a song that very much doesn’t try to hide it’s influences, being written as a stylistic nod to the punk bands we grew up listening to. Lyrically, the song is about a frustration with those in positions of power making decisions that seem to benefit no-one but themselves, often to the detriment of large parts of society as a whole.
- A Million Times
Our third single and lyric video – This track is built around a catchy melody and a chorus that will get stuck in your head. The song is sung from the perspective of someone who has been putting up with being belittled and talked down to by others, but instead of continuing to let it get to them, they turn the situation around and grow stronger as a result.
- What Went Wrong?
Sometime we sit and think about the one who got away and we write a song about it.
The one who got away comes to mind with this one, its melodic guitar riff that rings throughout the song which has a chorus about regret and missed opportunities and verse that tells a story that has happened to most. But this is not a sad song with its happy upbeat style and energy, and this song has great pace.
- Dark Descent
This one is our all time favourite tune and shows off our best work on the album.
This song shows a variety of our influences – a slightly longer track, this is another one that explores our darker, heavier side. The lyrics describe a post-apocalyptic scenario, with the character trapped in a dangerous place where everyone around is fighting for themselves with no regard for the well-being of others – a kind of metaphor for feelings we’ve all had at some point where it feels like there is no way to go on or no way to escape.
- Get Off (orchestral version)
This is a Bonus track.
We like to explore different styles and having previously released alternative versions of our popular old tracks like Sunshine, Break, and Too Much, we felt it was fitting to do something similar on the album. This alternative version of Get Off features the same catchy melodies, but it’s presented in a cinematic orchestra style.
- Break (Lights in September Skies)
We decided to remaster and release this track as a final bonus track on the album – originally released in 2015 this song has been a staple of our live set ever since we first played it, and is a definite fan favourite. The song tells a story of betrayal by those close to the protagonist, while explosions are lighting up the skies of their home town.
Century Thirteen are - Kevin McGuire - Vocals/Guitar Scott Macleod - Vocals/Guitar Dale Gardner - Bass Lewis Harwood -Drums