Belfast Metal conducted an interview with BUTCHER BABIES frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey before the band’s February 25 concert at G2 in Glasgow, Scotland. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Asked how the idea came about for BUTCHER BABIES to start performing short acoustic sets for VIP ticket holders on the band’s current European tour, Heidi said: “We’ve been acoustic performances since ‘Take It Like A Man’ came out, our second album. We only did a couple of them for that album — just radio stations here and there. And it was fun, it was cool. But when this album came out, we started doing more and more and more of them at radio stations, realizing, ‘Holy crap! We really love this.’ All of us really, really enjoy it — we enjoy turning our heavier songs into acoustic songs. Taking songs that we normally scream over and putting melody to it with an acoustic guitar, it’s so fun. So we decided that we would have a pre-party and sing some of the old songs acoustic-style, some of the new songs acoustic-style, and it’s been really fun. We love it. Our voices are taking a hit, but it’s still fun.”
BUTCHER BABIES‘ third album, “Lilith”, was released last October 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) and marks the band’s recording debut with new drummer, Chase Brickenden, who replaced Chris Warner last year.
Carla told Bloggers Gamut that BUTCHER BABIES made a conscious effort to explore different singing styles on “Lilith”. “I think there’s a stigma with us just being women period, and there’s obviously a stigma with adding clean vocals to typical metal,” she said. “I think that so many bands are mixing it up nowadays, and we’ve never really cared what other people think because if you care and put yourself in the public eye, you’ll be miserable for every day of your life. We just do what we do; we don’t worry what people are going to think. Especially on this third album, we felt a lot of freedom to do what we wanted to do.”