The Butcher Babies have arrived. Their Century Media debut album Goliath, produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Gojira), and featuring the brutalizing first single, “I Smell A Massacre”, comes out on July 9, and the band just toured as main support to Marilyn Manson from January to March of this year. Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd and backed by Henry Flury on lead guitar, Jason Klein on bass, and Chris Warner on drums, the Butcher Babies deliver a high-octane show. Now their onstage madness is crisscrossing the country on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, starting June 29 in San Bernardino, CA and ending here in Dallas on August 4 at Gexa Energy Pavilion. I was lucky enough to interview some of the band this week, and they were chomping at the bit for the album to come out and to bring their show everywhere.
Firstly, how was your tour with Marilyn Manson? He’s been at this a long time. Did you pick anything up from him, as a performer, to help you on the run you’re about to do?
Heidi: I think what we all picked up is focus. We learned what to do, and also what not to do. We really learned to respect the business, especially touring with a legend like Manson. He has such a great team that he works with, and it was really cool to learn from the best of the best. His tour manager was kind of a mentor to us, and every day he had some uplifting words for us, so it was an incredible experience.
Henry: We learned how to be rock stars. He is like, the best teacher ever for that, so we learned a lot in that regard.
July 9 is right around the corner. How’s everyone feeling about the release of the debut CD Goliath?
Carla: We’re so excited! We all just got texted a picture of the actual CD after production in the shiny case and everything, and we all had our, “Oh my God! I can’t believe this is really happening!” moment. We love it and we hope everyone else does, too.
Heidi: We’re ready. We feel like it’s time. We worked so hard on this project, and we’re so excited for everyone to hear it. People don’t know much about us yet, so this album will be very telling as to who we are. We want people to know the songs before Mayhem Festival, which kicks off on June 29, so hopefully we’ll have four songs available by then, and they can sing along.
You’re on the Jagermeister Stage for Rockstar Mayhem this summer. You ready to get out there and tear it up every night?
Heidi: This is the biggest thing we’ve done up to this point, and a big moment in our careers, something that we’ve looked forward to, and we’re very excited. We can’t wait to get out there on the road!
What are the fans at a Butcher Babies show like?
Carla: They run the gamut. From little screaming girls, to older men and women. You can’t define a specific gender or age group because our fans are so different, and we’re thankful that we get to reach so many people. Of course, they feed off of our energy, so we encourage them to be as nutty and crazy as we are!
Your live show gets compared to some of the greats, like Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and Slipknot? How do those comparisons to such influential artists feel?
Heidi: You just put the biggest smile on my face! Those are acts that we’ve always looked up to, and it’s crazy to emulate your idols onstage. I’m kind of speechless when it comes to people comparing us to that, because it feels like everything we’ve worked for these past few years is paying off.
Henry: We all grew up listening to these bands, and wanting to do that and to be compared to them is kind of amazing, so thank you.
For the boys, what’s life like onstage and on the road with these two ladies?
Henry: They’re 100% nuts! And they can totally hang with, and out-gross the guys, and give ’em a run for their money.
These last few years have really seen a rise in female-fronted rock and metal bands (In This Moment, Halestorm, Lacuna Coil). Any thoughts you’d like to share with young girls out there looking to do what you do?
Carla: Simple. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Go out there and make it happen, and don’t let anyone stop you.
Catch the Butcher Babies on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour. For dates and show times, go to: www.rockstarmayhemfest.com