BUTCHER BABIES’ HEIDI SHEPHERD Defends Return To ‘Nipple Tape’ For ‘Freak On A Leash’ Music Video


Los Angeles-based rock band GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK has teamed up with the “provocative rock ‘n’ roll dance troupe” Little Miss Nasty and BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd to report a canopy of the KORN traditional “Freak On A Leash”. The NSFW music video for the observe, directed by GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK vocalist Gina Katon and Jonathan Covert, will be seen under.

Shepherd has since taken to her Instagram to clarify her choice to return to the “nipple tape” search for the clip, having beforehand carried out topless with tape over her nipples within the BUTCHER BABIES‘ early days.

Heidi wrote: “Let’s discuss.. Over the previous 14 years of my profession, Ive grown into a girl in entrance of the entire world. Over these 14 years, Ive additionally seen the business change. In steel, we have been instructed that its ‘not steel’ to embrace your female qualities however, Ive additionally seen the identical ladies referred to as ugly & gross after we dont. We have seen ‘them’ say that we girls ought to tone down the daring however, then say that we must be further daring to play w the boys. THEY inform us (all of us are) to be distinctive, then instantly pin us towards & evaluate us to one another. We have seen them say that, ‘folks dont need to see ladies scream, we must always sing & be fairly’, then say that ‘we’re all clones’ after THEY are those that shoved us in that nook to start w.

“Ive felt the whiplash over the previous decade of ‘do that’.. Really, ‘do this’. And I’ve to be trustworthy, I misplaced myself in all of that. Ive all the time been a woman to push boundaries and provides [the middle finger] to the field that folks have tried to place me in. As time has gone on, I really feel like I steered away from the issues that made me distinctive. Ive realized, that subsequently ended up in some fairly, little field with a bow that might make others really feel comfy.

“When approached to dive again into [nipple] tape for this music video, I admit, I used to be apprehensive trigger ‘OMG what would THEY assume?’
Then @henryflury jogged my memory of how exhausting Ive labored. He jogged my memory that I got here into this business as a BAMF & I nonetheless am. He jogged my memory that I am right here to FUCKSHITUP! He jogged my memory that the feminine physique is a goddamn piece of artwork & I ought to really feel comfy within the physique that Ive labored so exhausting for. From surviving gastroschisis, to overcoming a debilitating consuming dysfunction, to breaking my again, to NOW crushing the health club; I ought to really feel grateful & pleased with the physique I’ve. All of us ought to! I need to embrace my female qualities in any kind I would like, whether or not its nipple tape or turtlenecks. Trigger all of us have these moments of feeling like a badass, horny lady, then additionally the place we wanna rock our sweats and a baggy-ass tshirt. We ought to be empowered by each!

“So thanks @ginaandtheeasternblock for the reminder & the chance to rewind & mirror! So stoked in regards to the video. THIS BITCH IS BACK! -SMD”

Relating to the music video, Katon commented: “Our model of ‘Freak On A Leash’ has so a lot of my favourite musical components in it — it is darkish, trippy, lovely, bizarre, huge, and naturally, nasty. When Marc (the producer) first performed me the observe, my thoughts was instantly flooded with concepts for the video. So the video is actually the right reflection of the music. And it was such an honor to have the ability to work with Heidi on the tune and the video. She’s a real professional, an all-around nice human being, and immensely proficient. Heidi embodies the fierce darkness, energy, and exquisite eroticism of this observe completely. We additionally introduced in among the badass ladies from Little Miss Nasty to sing further vocals on the tune and to be the unbelievably attractive and highly effective co-stars of this actually timeless video.”

Shepherd said in regards to the clip: “Diving again to my roots with Gina and the proficient girls of Little Miss Nasty was the right reminder that we girls are fierce as fuck and ought to be celebrated for the way distinctive and exquisite we ALL are! Embracing our female qualities whereas attacking a classically horny tune felt like the right mixture of confidence and empowerment that I wanted to be reminded of. I am honored to be part of Gina‘s imaginative and prescient that touches on all senses.”

4 years in the past, Heidi mentioned that she has no regrets in regards to the interval in BUTCHER BABIES‘ historical past when she and co-vocalist Carla Harvey used to carry out topless with tape over their nipples, explaining that it was meant as an ode to PLASMATICS frontwoman Wendy O. Williams, who had a tune referred to as “Butcher Child”.

Whereas Shepherd and Harvey‘s look earned them loads of consideration, they have been labeled a gimmick by some steel followers, with purists accusing the ladies of oversexualizing themselves with a purpose to acquire recognition.

Requested in an interview with the “Speak Toomey” podcast if she appeared again on the nipple-tape look as a good suggestion or a foul concept, Heidi responded: “I believe it was a good suggestion. It was one thing that folks have been, like, ‘What?’ We did in our band earlier to BUTCHER BABIES too, so it wasn’t one thing new to us.”

She continued: “It is an attention-grabbing query, as a result of I believe that, in a number of methods, it undoubtedly harm how we have grown, however I additionally assume that it was a message that we stood for. The individuals who did not get it and it acquired misplaced in translation, effectively, now they know. However in Europe, it looks like extra folks understood, which sort of is sensible. But it surely looks like within the U.S., I am, like, did folks neglect about [Wendy]? [Laughs] Does the steel group not perceive this? However I do not assume that it was a foul concept. I believe it was one thing that I did and I am pleased with. I do not actually maintain any regrets. I believe that in life typically, these conditions construct to the larger image, and I believe that having had that previous and the place we at the moment are, it is sort of a cool evolution of the band too. It is distinctive. We went from being these younger ladies, bouncing round in nipple tape, screaming hateful issues into microphones, to ladies, virtually a decade later, grown up within the business, helped with this ladies’s motion, if you’ll. And I believe that that kind of factor helped me turn out to be the girl I’m in the present day.”

Heidi mentioned that the modifications in BUTCHER BABIES‘ visible look lately occurred naturally because the band toured world wide enjoying to 1000’s of impressionable followers.

“It is actually attention-grabbing, as a result of after we realized that younger ladies have been trying as much as us and we had a duty of being a constructive function mannequin, it actually modified my life for the higher too; I began dwelling my life extra positively,” she mentioned. “And I believe you possibly can see that within the evolution of our look; you possibly can hear it within the evolution of our music. So, in that sense, I am fucking pleased with it.”

Heidi additionally reiterated that BUTCHER BABIES‘ early picture wasn’t meant as a intelligent advertising and marketing ploy designed to make sure most publicity. “That was not ever something that ever went via my thoughts: ‘Oh, this may assist us get consideration.’ As a result of I used to be in a band for a yr previous to that, that I did that,” she defined. “I did not assume that it will ever find yourself right here. I did not assume that it will ever quantity to something. I simply thought we have been gonna have some enjoyable enjoying some authentic music with our associates alongside the Sundown Strip, ‘trigger that is what we did earlier than. The one distinction was, earlier than, it was 5 ladies and [we were playing] covers. And that is the rationale we created BUTCHER BABIES — to do authentic stuff.”

Heidi‘s feedback echoed these made by Carla, who instructed Steel Underground in a 2016 interview that the band’s nipple-tape look “was utterly blown out of proportion. After we first began this band, we did not do it to go on the market and strut round on stage like Playboy fashions; we did it as sort of a ‘fuck you’ to the cookie-cutter music business,” she defined. “We have been paying tribute to a girl in steel that we revered, Wendy O. Williams. And that was it. And the present has by no means been sexual — ever.”


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