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Title - 'Destination Unknown' (EP)
Artist - Signal 13

For those not in the know, Signal 13 is a contemporary rock band that is paying homage to the classic rock sound on their latest release, the 5-song EP, Destination Unknown (out now).

Formed in Baltimore, the band is led by front-woman, Vicky Starr and joined by guitarists Johnathan Lassiter and Chris Starr, bassist Patrick Jenkins, and drummer Johnny Sexx.

Originally a covers band, Signal 13 are well known in their Mid-Atlantic area for their energetic live shows, and due to them have even had the honor to open for the likes of Kix and Great White.

1. 'Dirty' (3:41)
2. 'Karma' (3:29)
3. 'Make It Rain' (4:16)
4. 'Stay With Me' (4:53)
5. 'All Fired Up' (3:33)

For this, their first original release, Signal 13 open with the drum-led, '80s glam rock essence of 'Dirty' (a track that could easily have been an early Crüe cut) and backs that up with the melodically paced, rock fire of 'Karma.'

Starr's rock growl comes to the fore on the mid-tempo, early Girlschool vibe of 'Make It Rain,' which is followed by the one-two guitar and drum beats of 'Stay With Me,' with the EP coming to a close on the finger-snappin', rockin' blues bluster of 'All Fired Up.'

"We sat together and jammed writing different pieces of music on the release,” explains Vicky. “When we write together, I think of it as a musical fusion the way we pull it together."

"When we recorded ‘Karma,’ I acted more like a conductor without a baton. I would stop everyone, rearrange and then have them start again."

" I forgot that we had live mics on the drums and I was dancing around and singing along with the song. Sometimes the excitement is overwhelming and hard to contain.”

And with the focus of the band being on front-woman Vicky, it turns out that she is a multi-talented force within Signal 13, according to Chris. “Vicky has a process for lyrics and she is always writing. She has lyrics for a few hundred songs already written. It’s hard for the rest of us to keep up – she’s a writing machine."

"A few times while we’re recording, she left the studio and went and sat on a cinder block that was in the laundry room and wrote lyrics. She wrote a few songs like that. It’s become a kind of magic cinder block. It’s her strange concrete muse.”

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