The Unchained Show

The Unchained Show with Derek – Friday 13th May 2022

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2 hours of mixed Music, usually with a theme – genre, decade, facts & history, instrument focus, pioneers & game changers.

A dedicated slot to feature 2-3 new artists & bands, gig updates and announcements.

Featured Artists

WEAK13 - 'Obey The Slave'

WEAK13 is an award winning British band based in Black Country & Birmingham. Featuring Nick J Townsend (vocalist & guitarist), Wesley Smith (bass player) Drums John Stewart (2020-), Justin James (2017-19), Neel Paramar (2010-16). The debut studio album ‘They Live’ was finally released late 2015 and re-released on all major streaming services including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon in 2017. The music is inspired by world events, corrupt media, 80’s Video Nasties & British comics, Underground music,  the Grunge & 90’s music scene and real life. Each song is a different story. All guitars on recordings are played using strange dark low-tunings. WEAK13 is any style the band wants to be; every form of music in it’s rawest form. There is a song for everyone. Nick J. Townsend is the longest official member of WEAK13, bassist and writing partner Wesley Smith has worked with Townsend since 2010. Justin James & John Stewart feature as drummer on the forthcoming album Aluminium. WEAK13 was originally founded in 1999 by Nick J.Townsend in Kidderminster, United Kingdom. Before 2009 numerous musicians played live in WEAK13. The band relaunched in the Black Country in 2010 and artistic direction and responsibility became shared between Wesley Smith and Nick J Townsend.


British 3-man low-tuned grunge punk metal terror from Birmingham & the Black Country. Debut album ‘They Live’ and future releases available from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer. WEAK13 is any genre style it wants to be using rock overtone.

The debut WEAK13 studio album ‘They Live’ (2017) and their forthcoming double album ‘Aluminum’ set currently for a Summer 2022 release.

Learn To Lie - 'Smile'

‘Smile’ is about being forced to put on a happy front. Inside you could be really enjoying yourself but there will always be that one person asking “Why aren’t you smiling?”


Alternatively, it could be that you’re having a bad day but there will always be that one person saying to “put on a smile” and carry on. It seems that our society wants us to put on a happy front all of the time. Far too often we are told to mask our true feelings with a smile to “put on a brave face”.

Smile shows the thought process of being told to “put on a show” for the world and carrying on but in the end accepting that it doesn’t change how you feel, just prolongs your emotions.

You don’t have to smile to be happy. You don’t have to smile to hide your sadness.

Playing tonight at the Actress & Bishop in Birmingham in support of UK Mental Health 


WREX - 'Sleepless'

WREX were formed in early 2020 out of a mutual love for music and positivity, and they announced themselves in May 2021. They have released 4 singles so far and have made a massive splash on the radio, with airtime on the likes of Kerrang! Radio, BBC Radio Wales, Planet Rock, ARFM, 2XS Rocks! Total Rock, BBC Sussex & Surrey (Introducing) Primordial Radio, Zack FM, and KISS FM (remix).
The new EP now sees the duo lean more heavily towards their alternative influences, and prepare to take the stage!
 “Sleepless is about the feeling of being overwhelmed by society’s paradigms and recognising that these pressures can often be tricks of the mind – “the poison piece of my mind”. No matter how monochrome life can feel, you are not alone. No one should be bound by the ideals of others.” – Mae.

Written by: Derek

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