The Complete Interview: Hot Chicks in Hard Rock Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies

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When we interviewed Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, vocalists for Butcher Babies, for our Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue (see page 55), we discussed several topics, including the supernatural, ghosts, and magick.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn’t include all of the interview. But that’s what the Internet is for! Read what they have to say below!

Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey. Photo by Psyko Boys

Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey. Photo by Psyko Boys

REVOLVER Do you believe in the supernatural?
HEIDI SHEPHERD Yes, I absolutely believe in supernatural and paranormal forces. I’ve experienced many “ghost” sightings since my freshmen year of college. I believe that the same being has followed me around since then. Eventually, I could write a book on all of the sightings and encounters that I have experienced. After developing an intense fear of the dark, I couldn’t even watch scary movie trailers on TV for years. Now I embrace the fear because it brings out a whole different side of my creativity. It’s odd that after years of fearing these emotions, I now live for them.
CARLA HARVEY I’m a science geek. Therefore, I think that many over-the-top supernatural events are completely made up, and others have scientific explanations like perhaps a simple exchange of energy. We’ve all learned in junior high science classes that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed or transferred. They say that even your thoughts have energy that can project and lead to unsettling feelings for the people around you. Your mind can also play amazing tricks on you. If you want to see something bad enough, you will. Your body comes equipped with chemicals to facilitate that. For example, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the release of [the chemical] DMT in your body as you are being born or when you die. DMT is a hallucinogenic that is most likely the reason people have near-death experiences or see the ghosts of their loved ones as they themselves die.

Do you believe in the Devil? If so, what form does he, or she, take?
SHEPHERD I believe in a supernatural force, but I don’t believe that this certain force is good or evil. It just exists. If I had to classify it as one specific thing, the Devil would be mac and cheese. And I’m a believer!
HARVEY I’m an atheist, and do not believe there is a God so I don’t believe in the Devil either. I believe people create their own destinies, and become their own demons and devils by making shitty choices. That guy is a great scapegoat though!

Have you ever seen a ghost or otherwise encountered one?
SHEPHERD Yes, I can describe every detail of the ghost that I first saw in college. My roommate at the time had the exact same encounter at a different time and described the ghost exactly how I had seen it. That confirmed in that moment that I wasn’t 100% crazy! Since then I have had many instances where I’ve seen the same being. Everywhere I’ve lived, and every roommate I’ve had since then, has seen and experienced this with me. At some point it would be interesting to try and make contact with this being.
HARVEY Again, I’m not really a believer in the supernatural but I had an experience just recently on our Mayhem Festival tour where I woke up in my bunk to the feeling of my dead grandfather kneeling beside me and stroking my forehead. We had had a special bond because he was a musician, too. It wasn’t like any other dream I had ever had. I could feel him there. He was expressing his excitement at my band’s success and was just gushing with pride. He died shortly before our first big tour, and after he left I had a renewed sense of passion in what I was doing out there on the road. So did his spirit really visit me that day? Or was my psyche wanting so bad to share it with him that my mind created the whole thing? I’ll never know for sure, but it was a beautiful experience nonetheless.

Do you believe in Heaven and Hell? If so, what form do you think they take? And which one do you think you’re going to?
SHEPHERD I think Heaven and Hell are things that we, as humans, made up to make ourselves feel comfortable about the afterlife–something to give people a purpose and life goals. I grew up in the Mormon religion where they use the fear of a “Hell” and the Devil to persuade the members to follow and believe their teachings. They also describe “Hell” as a really shitty earth, so who knows–maybe we’re already in Hell.
HARVEY I believe that Heaven and Hell are fairy tales written long ago to keep people in line and make death a little less frightening. I worked at a Catholic mortuary when I was a funeral director and embalmer, so I’m very tolerant of other people’s beliefs. But honestly it would really bother me when bereaved people would say, “God wanted their angel back,” or, “They are in Heaven now.” I think religion and this notion of Heaven and Hell puts a lot of fear into people, really limiting their life experience. You have to live while you are here. It’d be better to read Siddhartha than the Bible.

Have you had any experiences with fortune-telling, divination, curses, or other forms of magick?
SHEPHERD When I was in the 7th grade, my junior high had a Halloween party with a fortune teller. Always wanting to believe that some people have that divine power to see the future, of course, I was first in line. This “fortune-teller” told me I would marry a boy named Cade. At that time I was head over heels for a kid named Cade, therefore hoping that she was really telling me my destiny and on cloud nine. Unfortunately, two years later, he tragically passed away. So obviously she was full of shit! However, I’m very interested in witchcraft and the beliefs of the craft. Learning about these things would probably open up my mind to a whole world that I’ve never seen before. Our minds are very powerful. To the extent that we don’t even know. I do believe that some people are gifted enough to access parts of their mind that the rest of the world chooses to ignore. I would like to dive into that with an open mind and learn.
HARVEY Well, [Laughs] we toured with Huntress, does that count? I’ve had my fortune told a couple of times, just for fun. I’d never take it seriously.  Fortunetellers are hustlers trained to read people. We’re all human and have the same emotions, needs, issues and questions about ourselves. It’s not hard to figure people out and give them a little surface level advice.

What’s your astrological sign, and do you think it fits you and your life well?
SHEPHERD Aries, a fire sign that fits my personality perfectly. I am bold-headed and move at a very fast pace. I never take no for an answer and am sometimes bitchy. But, that might be just because I’m a girl, who knows.
HARVEY My birthday is October 4 and I’m a Libra. Libras are sociable and drawn to creative endeavors. I think that suits me quite well as a musician, artist, and writer.  They also seek out balance, and tend to another’s needs before their own, sometimes to their own detriment. I definitely do that.

 

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  • DashRantic

    The “interviewer” is moronic… Why ask the essentially same stupid questions over and over trying to get a different response, when especially Carla already stated she doesn’t buy into this BS? Why not ask some questions about the music?

  • hardrockinmofo

    I said this once already, but as this is a new article I will reiterate: This band was THE best band at last years Mayhem Fest! I cannot wait for some new music from them!

  • Sarah Vodovos

    Surprisingly enough, these chicks rock pretty hard!

  • Ereschkigal

    What ist surprising about chicks rocking? And what is the thing about just showing the ladies´ boobs and telling, how hot they are, instead of asking them about music, because they are musicians, and there´s a hell lot to ask about songwriting, creative process etc.! Wtf, don´t you smell the sexism?!