THE HOMEMADE ROCK OF THE HEAVILS

Updated: 05/27/03

Introducing The Heavils, a band whose homemade rock and toilet seat guitars are making them pretty famous. Not your typical metal outfit, these guys are ready to start a Heavilution and have invited the entire world to join in on a roller coaster ride into sheer oblivion. Whether it be their S/T Metal Blade debut or rockin’ live show, The Heavils are what the whole world is waiting for. So grab a Jagermeister and read on about this truly unique band.

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Heavils and how long the band has been together.
I am Brian Carter singer/guitar player. We have been together with this line-up for 2 years this September.

Where is the band from and what is the music scene like there?
We are from Rockford, IL. We have a great scene here, all the bands seem to work together to make it work, you can find a lot of good bands & all types of music, nothing like The Heavils though. We are one of a kind & we get a lot of respect from other bands for trying to be different.

Describe the music of The Heavils to someone who has never heard it before.
Have you ever seen a bee with a chainsaw chasing a drummer with his eyes closed? It sounds something like that. Ha-Ha-Ha, just kidding. We are very hard to describe, heavy, not too heavy, punk but not punk, funny, catchy, driven, hardcore, rockin, jazz, soothing, easy-listening, Ha-Ha.

How did the band wind up getting signed to Metal Blade?
Kevin Bartl is the announcer for the Bakersfield Condors hockey team and he met Brian Slagel through the team. Brian is a big hockey buff and Bartl gave him a disc of our stuff. Metal Blade called a few days later and we signed soon after.

Have you guys ever played out here in Los Angeles or plan to do so in the future?
We were there for Metal Blade’s 20th anniversary party but we have not played there yet, but I am sure we will play there soon if all goes right.

What is a live The Heavils show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
High energy, four people who give everything they have at every show big or small. Not too serious about how we look. We go crazy & just have fun with it, people always smile when watching us. It’s a lot of fun.

For the curious and befuddled, what exactly is a Heavil? My spellcheck appears to be unfamiliar with that word…
It’s a made up word, it came from a misspelled Ventures song we had a reel to reel tape that said the heavil. We looked it up turned out it should have said “the heavies,” so we kept it, for some reason it worked. We sounded like heavils, whatever that is.

How did you wind up getting an endorsement from Jagermeister?
They have a web site www.Jagermusic.com where bands can submit music, they will work with you. If you help them they will help you, back scratching goes a long way.

With Steve Albini being such an influential producer, I was wondering what his contribution was on your album and what is he like to work with?
We only did 3 songs with him, tracks 12, 13 & 14. It was a good time. A friend of ours (Miles Neilsen) hooked us up with the studio. He used to work there. Steve was very hands on with the recording. He had some weird mikes a friend of his made that I have never seen before. He really knew what we were looking for. He was very fast at editing 2-inch tape and very cool to watch. He seem to be enjoying himself too.

Tell me about the toilet seat guitars that one of your members design. How long have they been doing this and what gave them the idea?
I make all of our guitars & or instruments. The toilet was the first of many & is the one I play the most. I was looking to build something different when I noticed that my toilet looked like a guitar body so I went and got one for 8 bucks, slapped a neck on it & away we go. I have made 12 others since then from everything you could imagine.

What exactly is Kadigimonk and whose idea was it to include such a bizarre (and lengthy) instrumental at the end of your album? Does this signify your stab at the ambient music market? Or a night of Jagermeister bliss?
This is a project of Mossy & I; we have a passion for strange sounds. I play the Dragonbox. He plays the Coffin and we do 1/2 hour, 1song shows. We have even opened up for the Heavils a few times, we are working on putting something out soon. We would like to get into movie soundtracks also.

What are the future plans for The Heavils?
As for the future we plan to push our first CD & do some touring this summer, we are also working on new songs.

Do you have any messages for metal fans who might be interested in checking out your music?
Join the Heavilution, its fun for all ages. Come see more at www.theheavils.com. Thank you for taking your time to talk to me: I am Brian Carter of The Heavils.


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