Butcher Babies Bring Diversity To Metal

10/04/2013
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(Radio.com) Heidi Shepherd, one of the two frontwomen for the Butcher Babies, is emphatic in her opinion that heavy metal should be a little bit more open minded and accepting.

"We're trying to start a movement where it's back to where it used to be," Shepherd told Radio.com. "It didn't matter what you looked like, what your gender is, where you're from, what you do for a living. It's an emotion. It's about rocking the f*** out!"

Rocking out is something that both Shepherd and fellow Butcher Baby Carla Harvey know a lot about. They also know a little something about having to explain their love for the overtly masculine genre.

Harvey said she was teased, threatened, chased home from school, and had her hair pulled for loving metal music. "I'm half black, I grew up in a black neighborhood, I wasn't supposed to like heavy metal," Harvey explained. "At all!"

"And to make matters worse, of course, I was a girl," she said. "Everything about it was wrong. I had to fight for the right to love my metal."

Because of that, whenever someone makes comments about her and Shepherd being women in metal, she just turns the other cheek. "You have no idea what I went through," Harvey said. "I'm from Detroit. I got beat up for this. Your words can't hurt me."

Similarly, Shepherd grew up in an environment that was not quite metal friendly."I grew up in a very large Mormon family, in Provo, Utah, where this music is not accepted," she said. "And I wasn't accepted either because I wasn't like the Mormon kids who went to church. I wasn't like that at all."

Shepherd used to hide in her closet and listen to metal. Though she would be in there listening by herself, the music made her feel less alone. "Carla has said this many times, and I feel the same way, we felt almost like the musicians were speaking to us," Shepherd said. "Like, 'It's okay! You're not the only one! There's more of you out there!' And I really think that that saved both of our lives." more on this story

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