BUTCHER BABIES' CARLA HARVEY: 'We Are Very Diverse In Everything That We Do And Love'
November 27, 2017
Los Angeles-based metal outfit BUTCHER BABIES was recently interviewed by Broc Johnson of the 103.1 The Edge radio station. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Speaking about the musical variety on BUTCHER BABIES' third labum, "Lilith", co-vocalist Carla Harvey said: "That's what makes us so special. That's who we are as people; we are very diverse in everything that we do and love, so it's not false, if you will. We all grew up listening to [music from] the '90s. I'm a huge fan of the '90s riot grrrl stuff, so it's not unnatural for us to wanna throw a song like ['Headspin'] in. It's 100 percent authentically BUTCHER BABIES still."
Added co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd: "I think when you get to your third album — this is our third album, then we've had two EPs on top of that — I think experimenting as you move forward is what keeps you growing. And if we're gonna put out the same record four or five, six times with the exact same song structure, exact same formula, everything, that's gonna become very stagnant and boring and it won't last very long. But for us, we've always been very diverse, in every album we've had. Our last album, there was a ballad — a straight-up, full-on ballad."
Continued Carla: "I will say that we're very lucky in that our fanbase allows us to be who we are and they don't freak out when we throw a ballad out there; they don't lost their minds and say, 'We hate you now. Go back to your metal roots.' They allow us to be authentic, and that helps so much."
On the topic of the songwriting process for "Lilith", Heidi said: "For us, what we like to do, and we got to do on this album, because we took a year off touring to write and record, we sat in our studio and we jammed out a whole slew of songs and ideas that eventually became the 12 songs on the album — or 11; 12 with the bonus for Japan. But, yeah, on this album, you hear some of the coolest, more neat, poppy stuff that we've ever done, and then the heaviest stuff we've ever done too. I really do believe that this is the best that BUTCHER BABIES has ever been. And with the addition of [drummer] Chase [Brickenden] too, it definitely brought a whole new energy. I think that we needed that. To go home and get in the studio [with] all that fresh, new energy, it was really a pleasant experience."
"Lilith" was released on October 27 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2015's "Take It Like A Man" was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE).