Exclusive Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

When we interviewed Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue–she’s also featured on the cover of the 2012 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock calendar–we talked about a range of topics, from Halestorm’s upcoming album–which they finished recording this weekend–to her Twitter nomination of Corey Taylor as the Hottest Dude in Rock. Unfortunately, due to space constraints in the issue, we weren’t able to include most of our chat–but that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below.

REVOLVER Your new album was originally planned to come out this fall but was bumped to early next year. What happened?
LZZY HALE We’ve been on the road for, like, three-and-a-half years and so we have, like, tidbits of songs here and there, you know, whenever we could–we have a little rig that we travel with. And, you know, the blessing and the curse was, we started really, you know, digging into this and I ended up penning some of probably the most personal songs that I’ve ever written. And then people with the label called me up. They’re like “Hey, we didn’t know this about you! Uhh could you do more?” [Laughs] So we got really deep into it, and it’s good because now, like, we can see the record for what it is and it’s not gonna be this big, rush job to get it out, and then, you know, we might be disappointed with it later. We’re so excited right now about everything. [Laughs]

For you, writing this more personal material, was that hard for you to get out?
I think it was. It was difficult for me at first to figure out what I wanted to say on this record and considering it all really falls on my shoulders and the guys have to live with it. [Laughs] That happened last time with “I Get Off” and they’re like “Uhh, you sure you want to say this on the radio? And are we gonna have to do these backing vocals?” [Laughs] But it’s fine. They’ve been really good and just kind of said, “Hey, you know, whatever you’re feeling, go for it.” So I have. And that means, you know, no real holding back, which is either a good or a bad thing. [Laughs] The reason why we dragged it on a little longer is just because we wanted to see how far we could take it–or how far I could take it, at least. [Laughs] There’s always a line. There’s a line somewhere, right? We’ll find out. You’d think that we had crossed it already. [Laughs]

And a lot of the stuff has actually been inspired by, you know, our fans and their stories and, you know, I’m doing the advice column for Revolver and a lot of that is great fodder for new songs, just some of the craziest questions, [laughs] which I’m totally happy to do, you know? Sometimes I start thinking, Well, why on earth would they want my advice? [Laughs] You know, I’m the last person in the world they should be asking this, but OK.

You mentioned “I Get Off,” and your first album also had “Dirty Work.” Both songs have plenty of sexual innuendo. Is that something we can expect more of on the new album?
You know, I think that’s just kind of a part of my personality. [Laughs] I mean, I room with a bunch of boys: You could say the sky is blue and they’d find some way to make it into a joke. [Laughs] And I’ve walked into it so much, where I’m not even thinking about it anymore, whereas usually one of the guys will be like, ”Well, if somebody wanted to take this in the other way, they probably could.” But, yeah, you can definitely, I mean, especially if you’re looking for it, I’m sure you can find it. And then there are some obviously on purpose because I just, you know, I fell in love with the whole twist of phrase thing.

Is there a sample lyric that particularly stands out?
On the lighter side, there’s a song that I wrote called “I Hate it When You See me Cry,” and it’s interesting because, when I wrote it, the guys were like, “You know what, you’re so right.” Because I used to, you know, hide a lot of stuff from them. I was kind of always keeping this camaraderie and this not really talking about or burdening anybody with some of my issues or some of the things that I’ve gone through. And so this time around, everyone’s kind of allowing me to do that, so I’m seeing the advantage of that.

I have some songs that are specifically for the breed of chicks that come to the rock show, not necessarily because their boyfriend dragged them there, or they didn’t have anything better to do that night, you know? We saw our first lady mosh pit the other day [laughs] and it was brutal. It was seriously like Ladies’ Mosh Pit Time. [Laughs] Oh, my goodness. And, like, I was debating with the guys, I’m like, “I think that that was rougher than any of the male-dominated ones.” But, you know, how it is: Bitches be crazy. And I say that being a female.

You mentioned on Twitter that you thought Corey Taylor was the hottest dude in rock…
[Laughs] Well, here’s the thing: This is just the kind of girl that I am, but, you know, a lot of it is just because I got to know the guy and, I mean, he’s such an incredible sweetheart. I’m gonna totally ruin his hard-ass reputation right now, but, you know, there’s something that I’ve always liked about the scary-looking guy that will, you know, in the morning call me Darling. [Laughs] There’s just something about that.

But I don’t think that anyone has really ever given him the recognition for what an incredibly handsome smile he has. He never gets recognized for that. It’s the mask–it throws people completely off. [Laughs]

Recently you were Tweeting with Sebastian Bach and talking about doing a duet. Is that something you’d definitely like to do?
[Laughs] Absolutely, are you kidding me? I grew up on that stuff, thanks to my parents, you know? And so, it’s kind of just a crazy turnaround to have him be Tweeting me, you know? [Laughs] Like, Oh, my God, Sebastian Bach is following me on Twitter! But it’s great, man. We covered one of his songs on a covers EP [ReAniMate: The Covers EP] that we released a few months ago. We covered [Skid Row's] “Slave to the Grind.” And shortly after we released it, he got in contact with us and, like, they put our version of it on the website. I mean, he’s been a complete sweetheart about it all and, yeah, he’s been telling me, “Hey, what would we sing if we ever got together?” I would love to make that happen. He’s a beautiful man, why would I not?

What’s your pick for the sexiest hard-rock or metal song?
Oh, sexiest hard rock song, let’s see… You know what, I’m gonna have to go with Slipknot’s “Gehenna.” It’s amazing. And the first time I ever heard it actually was the first time I was hanging out with Corey Taylor, right before—it’s on the All Hope Is Gone record—and right before they had released the record, he had kind of a rough of it and he’s like “I need to show you this song.” And it literally, I don’t know, it got me all tingly. [Laughs] And I was like, “When is this record coming out, because I’m going out to buy it.” But every time that song comes on, I still get chills, you know? I guess it’s the combination of the performance of Corey and just, you know, the words actually speak to me more so than anything else, you know, in my own battle of this weird kind of two-faced personality that I have. [Laughs]  It’s definitely a sexy song.

 

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  • LillyIchigo

    i am in love!!!!