Butcher Babies // Live @ The Neighborhood Theater - Charlotte, NC // 08.30.21
My first time visiting The Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC left my ears ringing for hours, a fate that hasn't happened to me in decades. I look forward to coming back for future shows and had a blast photographing this epic lineup!
Falling Through April
"...impressed with their energy and cohesiveness..."
Charlotte natives, Falling Through April brought in Mikaela Salazar in 2016, adding fuel to the already combustible band. The group released their first single and video “Desperate Measures” in September of 2017 and have taken the alt rock world by storm. Opening for amazing groups such as Theory of a Deadman, The Pretty Reckless, Adelitas Way, and more. Mikaela’s beauty is obvious as soon as she takes the stage, but her voice is absolutely gorgeous. The bassist, Dave Piontek, blends flawlessly with backup vocals as if the two were born to harmonize together. Though I had not heard much of the group prior to attending The Neighborhood Theater that night, I was impressed with their energy and cohesiveness on stage along with the catchy lyrics and contagious sound. Adding even more brownie points to the evening, Falling Through April warming up the crowd gave the stage an completely female-led line-up for the first time that I’ve personally seen live. That made me so damn proud of each beautiful rock beast that walked out that evening.
Falling Through April
Stitched Up Heart
"...one of my favorite modern front women..."
Ahhh… Mixi. I absolutely adore this woman. UnHinged Magazine had the opportunity for a private interview with Mixi back in May of 2020. (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT) Her huge heart and sweet personality goes into hiding when she takes stage with Stitched Up Heart. Emotional stories weave the lyrics of their songs, jarring us with heavy and powerful instrumentals that ebb and flow with each musical tale. Mixi is one of my favorite modern front women and I’ve enjoyed watching her blow away all expectations as she’s bowled through the rock world like a bull in a China shop. Stitched Up Heart was built around the strength that comes from realizing we are the only ones that control our lives and they bring us hope that reminds us there is always light at the end of the darkest tunnel. The band never fails to impress fans and I could see dozens of faces in the crowd look around at each other with excitement of what they were witnessing. I look forward to watching Stitched Up Heart continue to push their way to the top on coattails of no one.
Stitched Up Heart
"...not just a bunch of screaming vocals..."
Infected Rain kept the momentum of the evening going with a throat punch of an entrance. This metal group hails from Moldova, and while I have no idea where that’s even located, it sounds bad ass. Just the members’ names are enough to have you realize how unique they were to the Charlotte music scene: Elena “Lena Scissorhands” Cataraga, Vadim Ojog, Vladimir Babici, Serghei Babici, and Eugen Voluta. Writing lyrics, creating music and playing shows became Elana’s personal drug and Infected Rain definitely had me addicted. They bring together an energetic blend of some of the best modern styles of metal. It’s not just a bunch of screaming vocals, as their music was inundated with hard riffs, touching lyrics and electronic samples. Their mod podge of sounds makes the group aggressively unique and gave the crowd a great treat before the headliner.
"...growling lyrics and fierce riffs..."
Butcher Babies. Do I really need to even give an intro to these bad ass babes? Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd are the dynamic duo behind the vocals of the group. Known for their aggressive stage appeal, these gals come at you with guns blazing. Full of aggression, the crowd craves the abuse they are deal with the growling lyrics and fierce riffs of their version of heavy metal. In the midst of the singing, screaming, and shredding, the music is full of meaningful words and can even be simply beautiful and inspiring amongst the fiery fervor of this brutal band. Think LOUD and GUT WRENCHING and POWERFUL shoved down your throat with a little bit of sensual syrup to wash it all down. The crowd’s energy was through the roof and I thought for a moment that the small venue wouldn’t be able to contain it all. Oh… and kudos to the gals for making shiny black leather look so got dang sexy.