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New Years Day's Ash Costello, Stitched Up Heart's Mixi Demner and Once Human's Lauren Hart Featured on the Cover of Next Issue of Revolver - Read an Excerpt from the Cover Story

New Years Day's Ash Costello, Stitched Up Heart's Mixi Demner and Once Human's Lauren Hart Featured on the Cover of Next Issue of Revolver - Read an Excerpt from the Cover Story

New Years Day/The Haxans' Ash Costello, Stitched Up Heart's Mixi Demner and Once Human's Lauren Hart appear on the cover of Revolver’s 25 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock April/May issue, which will hit newsstands on May 2 and is available for purchase online right now! You can view the cover below, which was photographed by Travis Shinn.

Below, you can also read an excerpt from the issue’s cover story, written by Richard Bienstock. In this section, the frontwomen discuss what they stand up for, the most fucked up thing they have seen in the music industry and more.

In addition, you can check out a behind-the-scenes video from the photoshoot where the vocalists gather together to talk about the cover, their musical backgrounds and carrying the torch for upcoming bands featuring women.

"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll,” goes the AC/DC song of the same name, and truer words have quite possibly never been spoken—if you want to make it in music today, you’d better be strong of mind as well as heart. And have no doubt: the 25 women we’ve presented here are some of the toughest you’ll meet in modern hard rock and heavy metal. To find out how these wonder women got to where they are, Revolver uncovers what makes them tick—from the idols who inspired them, to the causes they stand up for, to some of the trials and tribulations they’ve faced in the music industry. With any luck, the wisdom they offer up may result in some of that strength rubbing off on you, dear reader. That is, if you can handle it.

Given their unique positioning at the forefront of metal’s new vanguard, Revolver thought it would be wise, and perhaps instructive, to bring Stitched Up Heart's Mixi Demner, New Years Day's Ash Costello and Once Human's Lauren Hart together to discuss the experiences and convictions that have helped to make them the wonder women they are today. And in time-honored fashion, we rounded up 22 additional female singers and musicians to find out what makes them tick… or not [see page 42]. “You don’t do it for the money, that’s for sure!” Hart says with a laugh. “You do it because it’s in your heart and soul.”

As for whether they believe there are more women in general doing it these days? “I don’t necessarily think so,” says Costello, who also recently launched a “mindblowing” new project, The Haxans, with Matt “Piggy D.” Montgomery from Rob Zombie’s group. “The real difference is, in the past, being a girl fronting a band almost held you back. I remember trying to get signed 10 years ago and record labels would be like, ‘Well, we already have a girl-fronted band. We don’t need two.’ I don’t feel like that prejudice exists anymore, which is good.”

But, she continues, “the fact is, we’ve always been here. There’s always been girls that can just fucking wail. And there always will be

REVOLVER What do you stand up for?
MIXI DEMNER Hopefulness. I don’t want to write a song that’s going to bring somebody down and not be able to lift them back up. Because we’re so moved by music. Why write something that’s going to make you feel bad?
ASH COSTELLO In music and in general I have the same message: Don’t let anybody take advantage of you. Don’t get pushed around. Don’t let anyone step on you. You have to be your own hero, you have to be your No. 1 fan, you have to be the strongest person in your court. I’m a big advocate of the idea that if anybody says anything bad about you, go up there and take them down.
LAUREN HART I also don’t like seeing anyone get taken advantage of. For some reason that’s a sore spot for me. Maybe because I was sort of picked on a lot when I was a kid and didn’t really find my voice until I was older. So now that I’ve grown out of that, if I see someone getting taken advantage of I get really angry about it and want to be their voice.

What’s the most fucked up thing you’ve seen in the music industry?
DEMNER Oh, boy. I think one thing that’s really, really challenging is that you still have to keep proving yourself over and over and over again when it should be just as simple as, “Hey, I’m just here to make some music and I hope that you like it.” It’s a simple thing, making music, but it turns into a lot of stuff that really doesn’t matter.
HART I guess that there’s just so much drama in heavy metal. I was thinking this music would have the least amount of drama, because we’re a bunch of kids that were all kind of different. And we were the underdogs. The outcasts. So I thought it would be more unified.
COSTELLO The most fucked up thing I’ve ever seen personally is watching people in bands take advantage of their power and their influence over people. I toured with a band where the singer was a guy and he used his position to take advantage of fans. Younger ones. And it was actually pretty controversial because I came forward about it at the time. And a lot of people didn’t believe me at first and I ended up getting kicked off the tour because I was so unhappy about what I saw. At the time it was a big controversy for me, but it finally came out that I was right.

For the rest of the story, pick up the
April/May issue.

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