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Thirteen:13 were a British band formed in 1999 from the ashes of Catch.

Quickly signed to Polydor, the bands original line-up consisted of songwriters Wayne Murray (vocals and guitar) and Toby MacFarlaine (bass and vocals) with Ben Etchells (lead guitar) and Martin Carling (drums). Carling was later replaced by ex-Kula Shaker drummer Paul Winter-Hart.

The band were voted one of Melody Maker’s top ten new bands to watch out for in 2000 and toured with JJ72, Powderfinger and My Vitriol amongst others during their time together. They also played several festivals including the 2001 Carling Festival at Leeds and Reading.

Polydor released four singles between October 2000 and October 2001 but none of these broke the UK top 40 and the band were dropped just before Christmas 2001, prompting the group to disband.

Thirteen:13’s debut album, Deny Everything, had been fully recorded by the time the band split but was never released. Much of the band’s recorded work, including Deny Everything, has recently been made available at fan site Thirteen13.net with the blessing of Wayne Murray.

Following the split, Wayne Murray formed The Honeymoon (initially called The Lovers) with Norwegian singer Thorunn Magnusdottir and released the album Dialogue on 19 July 2004 on the RCA label. Wayne is currently working under the name Boy Cried Wolf, but has recently been taking time out from the band to play guitar on tour with James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers and has appeared live as a second guitarist with the Manics themselves.

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  • thebigmarvinski

    Trying to get a hold of the album for a few weeks. But the fan site the album was origanally posted on is now dead. Would someone be kind enough to upload it somewhere and send me the link. thanks

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • shaymatt

    Must've seen these guys at least 6 times supporting various bands, always surprised they never made it a bit bigger than they did :/

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • rikgurrr

    still can't believe the album was never released. polydor = idiots.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • cynthialove

    Had such high hopes for this band!

    25 Jul 2008 Reply
  • slazey

    Great singles.

    25 Nov 2007 Reply

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