It’s no secret that the rock metal group, Butcher Babies are taking the rock world by storm. They were the talk of the tour on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, their images can be seen everywhere; most recently on the cover of Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock calendar. Their debut album, Goliath is flying off store shelves. All this success doesn’t come easy, as I found out when I sat down with this Los Angeles based band at a recent tour stop to find how they’ve gotten so big, so fast.
Singer, Heidi Shepherd explains that it all starts with hard work. “This band has been together for four years straight, we’ve been working our asses off every day all those years.” She further explains, “I think it’s because we’re doing something different. We wanted to do something that people wouldn’t know what to think about it, that it might scare them. I think we’ve done that. If you look at any band that’s been hugely successful, or has gotten successful very quickly, it has a lot to do with the fact that they’ve done something different.”
Not only are they different, this band is extremely talented. There’s a misconception that Butcher Babies is two scantily-clad women parading about the stage screaming their lungs out. That could be no further from the truth. Yes, the two singers (Heidi, and Carla Harvey) are very beautiful, but this is a band. There are three other male members who equally contribute to the workload putting the whole package together. Carla explains further, “Another misconception that we’ve heard a lot is that we are a fake metal band, we don’t really like metal music, and that we were hired by these guys (the male band members) to just dance around in front of them. That is absolutely untrue! Heidi and I started this band and if anything, we found these dopes.”, she jokes.
Each of the band members reflect on being so-called “metal-heads” at an early age in life, with influences from bands such as Slayer and Pantera. They all have been writing music since they were children as young as age 10, and have collaborated equally to create Goliath. Heidi explains “A lot of people think that we don’t write the music, and that’s untrue. We are all so very hands on, our entire album is us. Carla and I have a hand in every single thing that we do just as the other guys do. This is a unit, this is isn’t someone handing us music, someone creating our look or creating our sound. We’ve created every single thing about us from the ground up.” She gestures collectively, “Everything that Butcher Babies is, we’ve created. It wasn’t something put together by our label, and this isn’t some manager’s marketing dream, it’s us.”
With the Mayhem Festival recently concluded, Butcher Babies were the talk of the tour, quite an accomplishment for such a new band on the smaller stage. Heidi attributes that to the fans. She explains, “We have a really high-energy stage show when people watch us they see that we are a great live band with a ton of energy. Every single one of us has a great stage personality and people really love it because they don’t have it anymore. Not a lot of bands out there really get up there and rock. We’ve thought for a long time that a lot of bands are lacking (stage presence). When you go to Mayhem Festival, you hear the word ‘mayhem’ and in of that. You look at Slipknot and Rob Zombie’s stage show, you look at these bands with their raw energy on stage and you’re going to a ‘show’. And that’s one thing that we’ve always wanted to do. We’re not here to play a ‘concert’; concerts are jazz musician who sit there and play their trumpet or whatever instrument or an orchestra. That’s a concert. We are a metal band and we play ‘shows’. And we’re gonna put on a show. If your music doesn’t make you move on stage, then how’s it gonna make the crowd move? We want people to feel something and experience with us and that’s probably why things are going really well for us.”
Butcher Babies is currently on tour with Danzig, so be sure to check out their website for dates and cities. Their high-energy show is definitely a total blast from start to finish; something every metal fan should experience. They really set the bar for what a rock show should be.