Butcher Babies: "It Wasn't About Sex -- It Was About Punk Rock"
Sunset Strip darlings the Butcher Babies have been one of my favorite acts for a while now. They first gained notoriety from a YouTube video performing Pantera's "Fucking Hostile" and the two frontwomen, Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, started out performing in leather pants with electrical tape over their nipples, as an ode to Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams, who had a song called "Butcher Baby."
Century Media Get Butchered This Friday
Butcher Babies provide an awesome display of brutal power from start to finish in their performances, combining their unique blend of heavy metal, thrash, and punk with stage antics channeling Alice Cooper and a confident aura that is at once mesmerizing, sexy, and penetrating.
On top of it, the musicians actually have talent.
Butcher Babies are scheduled to perform Friday, July 5, at the Rockster Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
A lot of critics have called them fake or even sluts, suggesting they utilized their looks to get ahead in the world of metal -- but that's okay, since Harvey and Shepherd (who have both worked with Playboy TV) branded their music as "slut metal" a long time ago while joking around one night.
In reality, Butcher Babies possess a wealth of worldly experience, talents, and drive to make it big. For example, some may not know that Harvey has a degree in mortuary science and writes acclaimed comic books, or that her mom and Alice Cooper are distant cousins. Heidi Shepherd was raised in a Mormon household, works as an actress and radio host, and is a veteran of other punk and metal bands.
The rest of the band -- guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein, and drummer Chris Warner -- all have experience in other bands, and round out the Butcher Babies with their kickass instrumentals and attitude.
Let me tell you -- I've gotten hot and bothered on more than one occasion while seeing
them live. In fact, I became infatuated the second I interviewed them at the end of last year, when Harvey and Shepherd dedicated "Fucking Hostile" to me at Joe's Grotto. The way to my heart? I guess it's boobs, blood, whiskey, and Pantera.
Butcher Babies' "Fucking Hostile"
After being signed to Century Media Records, recording their debut album, Goliath (out July 9), with producer Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb of God, Hatebreed) and finishing up a tour with Marilyn Manson, the Butcher Babies embarked on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour. Catch them this Friday at Ak-Chin Pavilion alongside Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, and more.
Up on the Sun talked with vocalist Heidi Shepherd about touring the Marilyn Manson, the recording of Goliath, and why they switched out electrical tape for studded bras.
Congrats on getting signed to Century, the Mayhem tour, and your new album. It's coming out in a couple weeks, right?
It's crazy! Dealing with press, music, merch design . . . It's a full-time job! But I can't complain at all. I feel so lucky that I'm sitting here going back and forth with our artist and designs rather than sitting in an old job doing something I hate.
After the jump: "As an artist . . . You're always creating."