BUTCHER BABIES vocalist Heidi Shepherd confirms band is releasing a double album of all new material this summer
Speaking with Rapture Radio, BUTCHER BABIES‘ Heidi Shepherd was asked if fans can expect to hear a new album from the band anytime soon. She responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Yes. Absolutely. There’s actually a double album coming out this summer.
“We took 2019 off of touring to write and record an album that we were set to release in 2020, and, obviously, the world died — it was basically a fend-for-yourself moment,” she explained. “So we put everything on hold and we decided to use that time to write. And so we wrote a ton during that time.
“And so we decided to put the album on hold and go and record more. So now we have a double album coming at you this summer… And I’m so excited for people to hear all of this music that we’ve made within the span of the last four years. In fact, this morning we got the final mix to one song that’s just finished. So you’re gonna hear stuff we wrote in 2019, and then you’re gonna hear stuff that we wrote and just finished last week.”
When asked if BUTCHER BABIES‘ recently released single “Beaver Cage” would be a good representation of what fans can expect to hear on the forthcoming record, Heidi replied: “There’s a lot going on [the upcoming double album]. Because this was written in two different parts, I think you’re gonna hear a lot of different sides to BUTCHER BABIES. But I would say overall ‘Beaver Cage‘ is a great representation of the album. There’s a lot of really, really dark stuff on this album — we haven’t done that in a while; there’s really dark stuff — but then there’s also really playful stuff, like ‘Beaver Cage‘. So I think that this is a really great representation of not just the album but the band too.”
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The group recorded the track with producer Josh Schroeder (LORNA SHORE, THE PLOT IN YOU) at his Random Awesome Studio last year.
BUTCHER BABIES‘ Heidi Shepherd and guitarist Henry Flury recently spoke with the “BREWtally Speaking” podcast about their upcoming fourth studio album. Heidi discussed the band’s musical evolution on the effort, saying: “We’ve been a band for nearly 15 years, so when we started we were angry kids — very angry. We had a lot to be angry about. And as success started coming around and we started leaving our families and leaving our friends behind, our second more [about] loneliness and emotion in that, and then the third album was just kind of a culmination of all that.
“And then, all of a sudden, we’re angry again, because our shit was taken away from us for years [because of the coronavirus pandemic]. We’re angry again. We go to Michigan in the middle of the winter. And I feel almost like we reverted to our first album — those emotions you can really hear on our fourth album because we’re kind of going through those same emotions.
“That’s what’s awesome about bands putting out albums,” she continued. “It’s a snapshot of time. It’s a snapshot of what they were going through at the time, or what they felt like they wanted to explore.”
Heidi added that she feels “evolution is necessary as an artist”, saying: “We need to evolve; we need to try out all these different things. We don’t do it for our fans; we do it for us. Of course we love when they like it and they wanna hear certain things, but I need to be able to put my emotions on to an album as well. This is my therapy. [Laughs] This is my very expensive therapy. So it’s important for us.”
Touching again on the new BUTCHER BABIES album, Heidi said: “I’m so excited for people to be able to hear this because a lot of this stuff was written right in the studio, so you’re gonna hear a lot of what we were going through in those six weeks that we wrote and recorded this album. Weird emotions within the band ’cause some of us hadn’t seen each other in over a year. Weird emotions about not being able to tour, not being able to go play these songs. Weird emotions about everything. And I think that we were all going through those type of emotions. So it’s gonna be really awesome for people to hear that from us.”
Henry added: “I think it’s gonna be really shocking when people hear the other songs compared to our first single, because they’re gonna these expectations of, like, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be this kind of album.’ Get ready for a curveball, because it’s coming.”