The Metal Asylum Talks To…….BUNCH OF HEATHENS!

Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?

So, the origin of the band name comes from my upbringing in West Virginia. The older women are notorious for calling anyone that does something they don’t like a “heathen”. So, when there’s multiple people doing stuff they don’t approve of, they are “a bunch of heathens”. 

The band started from me moving out to California just for the sake of playing music. I did the whole craigslist, going to shows, and just getting my ass kicked for the sake of trying to start something musically. Covid really stopped all momentum of the last members that were all together. So, now I’m doing everything solo until I can find some more. 

I’ve gone through a certain amount of people in this project. They’ve all had an influence on BOH and an influence on me. 

Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?

Right now I’m doing everything solo. But, everyone that I do get to help with the project, they usually live in the same area as me. 

Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?

I would say my favorite artists are Metallica, Exodus, Black Sabbath, and Motorhead. They’ve influenced my sound by the vocals, guitar playing, and how I mix and master the songs. I listen to their music and I try to mimic what they did. 

Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?

I originally had other plans. I thought I was going to do the full 20 years in the Marine Corps, but I couldn’t do more than my originally contract of 4 years. 

What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Tempo of the Damned by Exodus lately. Especially War Is My Shepherd. I love that entire song, from the lyrics, guitars, drums, production, just everything about it. 

Do you sing in the shower? 

Not really. The shower is primetime for me to think and reflect on a lot of different things. 

Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?

Right now, just release music and promote BOH through social media. Once I find some members, then I’ll look into playing live more. 

Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?

I do! My next single “Tone” will be worldwide on May 14th! I have a pre-save link set up in my bios on Instagram and Facebook. 

If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?

I would want to play at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver Colorado. I think it’s the most beautiful venue in the world, and it would be so awesome to play there. 

Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?

I don’t. I can enjoy albums in their entirety, but I don’t have one specific album I can say is my favorite of all time. 

Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?

Jay-Z “99 problems” Definitely my favourite guilty pleasure song. I just really like the beat, and the lyrics that Jay-Z did for this song. 

If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?

I would play Van Halen, Ozzy, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Motley Crue. In their prime, their live shows were hard to match. In today’s world, Iron Maiden still puts on an incredible live show. 

Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?

I believe the first album I bought with my own money was Audio Adrenaline – Hit Parade. I might still have it somewhere. I haven’t thought about it in years. 

As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?

Thank you for bearing with BOH through the ups and downs these past few years. There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!

We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?

Thank you for the interview, and always being supportive and just awesome people! 

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