Neither The Penguins, The Flyers nor The Steelers are the hardest in Pennsylvania. LADY BEAST will give them a run for that title. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

This might be the biggest cliché there is but to me the whole of Pennsylvania seems like very blue collar. Does that in any way affect the interest for heavy metal in places like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia?
Deb: It is no cliché at all….Pittsburgh is blue collar. From its earliest industries, it was born on sweat and steel. It actually has a lot in common with Birmingham England in that way. Any good art comes out of the dirtier, harder working areas.

When you are Americans and play pretty much classic heavy metal is that like shooting yourself in the foot or has the interest increased with time?
Deb: It doesn’t feel that way to us. Playing heavy metal music is what we do and what makes us happy. We say follow your bliss, and ours is our music. There is no doubt heavy metal has made a huge comeback in the past couple of years and bands like us are actually getting opportunities to share our music with people all over the world.

I take it that you don’t do this for the bundles of money that awaits you at the end of the rainbow. What makes anybody want to devote their time and money to something that perhaps never will pay back?
Deb: It is a labor of love. We honestly work every day to support our music habits. It’s the only way some of us stay sane, are able to be creative, or are just able to let loose! Obviously anyone that is serious about their art would love to someday be able to support oneself on it. But that’s definitely not why we do it.

You have just recently signed with the French label Infernö Records. They seem to be very devoted to metal. What do you expect to get out of it?
Deb: Inferno is a really cool label. Not only are they heavy metal, but they also have a good amount of female fronted bands on it. Which is totally awesome!! They are releasing our self-titled album on cd this coming year (2013). We are really hoping to get some more European exposure from it, hopefully that would lead to us coming over!! Also just social networking. Finding new bands to listen and talk to.

You released an album on your own? What is the greatest difference doing it yourself contra being signed to label?
Deb: A sense of control. Doing the album on our own time and our own dime gave us the ability to make our first impression the way we wanted. This record was a long time in the making so we wanted to do it right. We played a lot of shows sold a lot of merch (shirts that our drummer actually prints), and worked a little overtime to pay for this ourselves and we like to think it shows. It’s all us, and it feels good.
When you do things on your own what is the hardest part of it? How do you get the word out there in this day and age when almost everything is social media this or social media that?
Deb: The hardest part is trying not to be your hardest critic. Trying not to make it the most perfect thing ever. Just keep it natural and fun. Honestly the internet is one of the most effective ways to connect and get your music out there. Most of our connections we have made over the years were on-line. The access and availability of music on the web is really convenient. We are now able to share our music with people all over the world. Don’t get us wrong. We still are headed to the post office every other week to mail vinyl’s and shirts…can’t lose the romanticism of sharing metal through €the mail!

How do you build a bands reputation these days? Can constant gigging still build a band’s reputation? Or are you totally dependent on the social media these days?
Deb: It’s a little bit of both. We have definitely created our local following by playing shows. As far out of state and overseas, it seems like bands that are either mainstream sponsored or making killer music videos are getting the attention. Holding down jobs really does make it hard to find the time to tour. Not impossible of course!!

How much of DIY do you have to rely on these days to get things done? How has the industry changed over the last 5-10 years?
Deb: It’s been all DIY for us so far!! We make our own flyers, house the touring bands, and sometimes even end up doing the sound at the shows. It almost becomes a collective when you start sharing music, shows, ideas….It’s all a community and the main thing is to share the music and always help each other out.

Do you feel that you are a part of something bigger being a heavy metal band? Do you feel a connection with people into the same things from all over the world?
Deb: Most definitely!! Metal is almost a universal language. No matter if you have cultural differences between you, if you both love metal its almost an immediate connection.

What can we expect from you guys in the future?
Deb: More metal!!!! We are currently working on our second album that will probably be out by Spring 2013. We are looking forward to doing some touring, listening to awesome bands, and meeting new metal fans!!!

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