BUTCHER BABIES were interviewed by Fuel The Scene magazine at this past weekend's Carolina Rebellion festival at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. You can watch the chat below.
Asked how they deal with the constant barrage of online criticism, BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist Carla Harvey said: "Literally every band, especially in the age of social media, gets the comments that are negative. We literally don't read them, we don't look for them. I kind of zone out in interviews when we're asked about them, because it really doesn't matter. We have so many awesome fans, and so many people that do love us, why pay attention to the negative? We would be crying in our pillows right now instead of going up there to play an awesome show in front of thousands of people, if it mattered to us."
Added co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd: "There have been a couple of times that I've called out some weirdos, though, because it's either constant or they're bashing our fans — which I don't take lightly. Don't bash my fans. I'll stick up for them. I don't care what they say about me, but don't talk about my fans."
According to Heidi, she generally responds to negativity with kindness because she believes that the people who act rudely, maliciously, or who are overtly judgmental need understanding the most.
"The thing is, there's always a way to turn something negative into a positive," she said. "Because people always try to get you down. Someone who may not be so happy with their lives or they're having a bad day and they'll try to make yours bad too, and it's, like, 'Oh, buddy. You just need a hug.' [Laughs] 'Someone needs a hug.'
"Like Carla said, if we looked at things on the negative light all the time, things would be pretty hard," she added. "So we just try and keep our smiles going. And it really is contagious. So… keep it up."
BUTCHER BABIES are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Lilith", which was released in October via Century Media. The follow-up to 2015's "Take It Like A Man" was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE) and marks the band's recording debut with new drummer Chase Brickenden, who replaced Chris Warner in 2016.