Butcher Babies frontlady Carla Harvey interviewed In San Jose

Gene Gaona of Capital Chaos TV recently conducted an interview with Butcher Babies frontwoman Carla Harvey. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by Blabbermouth).

On what inspired the title of the band’s most recent album, “Take It Like A Man”:

Carla: “That was a lyric from a song ‘Dead Man Walking’. As the writing progressed and we were trying to think of a name for the album, we thought, ‘Why not use that line?’ That song is very important to both Heidi [Shepherd, co-vocalist] and I. It details how we grew up with our fathers. That line kept coming back and back. It’s such a great statement. It’s a statement that says, ‘Life’s going to come at you hard. You have to remain strong no matter what it throws at you. Keep yourself tough.’ It’s not gender-based; it’s not telling little girls ‘Just take it like a man!’ It’s not for men. It’s for anybody who has a dream and is going through a hard time. Just owning up, pulling your boots up, get on with your life and get going. It’s the perfect title.”

On Harvey’s upbringing in Detroit:

Carla: “I grew up in a mixed neighborhood. My first neighborhood changed dramatically. I grew up in a multi-cultural neighborhood, but overnight, it became predominantly African-American. I’m half-black. The problem with that area when I was growing up was that it was very racially divided, unfortunately. I’ve been to a few places in my life that still feel racially divided and where I grew up is one of them. It’s better now and is getting better all the time. There were a lot of race riots in Detroit that really did separate people, unfortunately. Before my mom married my dad years and years ago, she got a lot of flak. She lost a lot of friends. They would say stuff to us that was very negative. Going through those experiences and having a hard time growing up, just makes you a stronger person. It makes you who you are. I’m very proud of everything that makes up who I am. A lot of people always say, ‘Why do you talk about being black? Why don’t you talk about being white?’ I’m most likely to talk about being biracial because being biracial is something completely different than being black or white. It’s a special thing. It really makes you who you are. I get the best of both worlds and the worst of both worlds sometimes. All of those experiences have made me who I am. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

On how she got into metal:

Carla: “MEGADETH was my first rock concert ever. The first metal song I ever heard was a METALLICA song when I was in the back of one of my friend’s vans and they were listening to METALLICA. I always tell the story that the sound, the angryness, the lyrics, just the speed of the song, it felt how I felt on the inside on the outside. So I was immediately attracted to thrash metal. I loved the ‘Big Four.’ I loved PANTERA growing up, and I also loved stuff like GUNS N’ ROSES, but for me, growing up like I did, it was very hard for me to admit that’s what I was drawn to. People wanted me to prove my blackness. I always drawn to rock and roll, especially thrash metal.”

On BUTCHER BABIES’ increased use of clean vocals:

Carla: “Heidi and I are both trained classically as singers. We love doing both. I know that Heidi, when we started, she said, ‘I don’t ever want to sing, ever!’ Over time, we’ve both gone down the path of singing and screaming. It’s great to mix it up. We can do both. I’m so proud of how far we’ve both come with our vocals. It’s fun to switch it up and do new things. On the next album that we’re writing, which we’re going to finish after this tour, we’re going to be doing all different kinds of stuff, really taking some different chances with the vocals.”


Butcher Babies Join Megadeth North American Fall Tour

BUTCHER BABIES have announced that they will be hitting the road with the legendary Megadeth this Fall as part of the band’s Dystopia tour in North America. Also joining them will be Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church. The month long tour starts in Casper, WY on September 20 and concludes on October 16 in Camden, NJ. In addition to the tour, both Butcher Babies and Megadeth will be performing at this year’s “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest” event, which takes place on September 24 & 25 in San Bernardino, CA

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Speak about their enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd states, “We’re incredibly honored to join forces with some of our idols, legendary musicians and bands! Megadeth is a staple in metal music and we can’t think of a better way to round out our 2016 touring schedule than with these metal gods. Who didn’t grow up with a Megadeth poster glued to your wall with dreams of dreams of sharing the stage with them. Bucket list… Check!”

Sep. 20 – Casper, WY @ Casper Event Center
Sep. 21 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
Sep. 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
Sep. 27 – Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theater
Sep. 28 – Eugene, OR @ Mathew Knight Center
Sep. 29 – San Jose, CA @ National Civic
Oct. 1 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Arena
Oct. 3 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid-America Rec. Center
oct. 4 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Oct. 5 – Chicago, IL @ Sears Center
Oct. 7 – Moline, IL @ iWireless Center
Oct. 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ UWM Panther Arena
Oct. 9 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
Oct. 11 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Events Center
Oct. 12 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Oct. 13 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Oct. 15 – Camden, NJ @ BB &T Pavilion

Amaranthe perform “True” with Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California


Amaranthe perform “True” with Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California on Capital Chaos TV
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Sweden’s Amaranthe To Finish 2015 Tour With Butcher Babies This Weekend


Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish power/melodic death metal band that originates from Sweden and Denmark. Formed by Jake E. and Olof Morck, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd and Andy Solvestrom signed on, as did drummer Morten Lowe. In April 2011 their debut album “Amaranthe” was released to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland, and was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, all genres!

Nov. 27 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Nov. 28 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Nov. 29 – San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater