place mid September, 2013.
by Glenn Milligan.
did the band come to be and what drove you all to decide on old school
styled Heavy Metal?
Deb: Lady Beast started back in 2009. It funny to think about, it seems
like so much longer! The original line up was just a four piece with
original members Deborah Levine and Greg Colaizzi. Tommy Kinnett, Adam
Ramage, and Chris “Twiz” Tritschler made the beast complete.
There is a very obvious growth in our sounds from the beginning to now.
Our new album that we will record in the winter is the first album that
will be completely written by the 5 of us.
is the biggest beast in the band and why?
Deb: Haha. We are all different kinds of beasts. But it is hard to pick
made you decide to cover a Judas Priest song and why in particular 'Ram
Deb: Judas Priest is one band that all 5 of us can say we absolutely
love and respect. We have performed “as them” for cover
shows and really enjoyed learning their songs. We wanted to pick a rare
song that we have never heard another band cover and was also going
to be challenging. I think we chose well.
would you say 'Lady Beast' differ from other heavy metal bands around
Deb: We stay true to that pure heavy metal sound and vibe. There are
no frills…we write songs.
would you describe the sound and style of 'Lady Beast' as opposed to
just saying 'Heavy Metal'?
Deb: Fun, bad-ass, interesting. Its music I feel people that don’t
necessarily like heavy metal may like if they give it a try. We have
some rock n roll type songs and some thrashy songs. We try to be a bit
eclectic, but stay true to our style. We aren’t interested in
having an album where all the songs sound the same.
songs for the album did you have the most fun writing and recording
Deb: I honestly had fun recording the whole thing! It was my first time
in a recording studio or recording an album for that matter! So it was
all new and exciting. I feel like I learned so much and it makes me
excited to record again.
you could place an all-day bill of female fronted bands together with
Lady Beast obviously on the bill who else would be on it and why and
also in what order? And what would you call the all-dayer?
Deb: DORO!!!!!! If I could just play with her I don’t need any
other bands. Haha - She is my ultimate. The concert would be called
Double D Fest! Deb and Doro!
have been your favourite tours so far and why?
Deb: We have actually only been on one tour believe it or not. We went
out for a week in the US and traveled through the mid-west. It kicked
ass! We played with so many awesome bands and met a lot of cool people.
Since I cannot really compare it to any, I would say this was my favorite
tour! Due to member changes and time not being on our side in the beginning
of Lady Beast, we got a little held back and haven’t really been
able to break through until our first album came out last August. We
are here now and we are ready!!!!
is the scene in Pittsburgh, PA with relation to bands, clubs and fans?
Deb: The Pittsburgh scene is pretty awesome. We could definitely use
some more venues (especially all ages) but what city couldn’t?
There are more female fronted bands in Pittsburgh now than ever before.
It totally rules!! I wouldn’t say there is a defined “metal”
scene. Pittsburgh is a big-small city” so punk and metal generally
play the same shows.
would you say the area differs to other parts of the USA that have made
a mark in the 'World of Metal' and why?
Deb: I really have no idea!! I always just assume the same stuff that
happens in the Pittsburgh music scene is happening in the same way everywhere
else. Obviously being in a band in bigger cities, L.A., Seattle, etc
gets you more exposure and sometimes better opportunities. But mainly
because there are more people there. I like that we are from a smaller
city… it’s alright to be the underdog sometimes.
you weren’t in the band 'Lady Beast' then what could you see yourselves
doing and why?
Deb: I honestly have no idea. Being in the band is second nature to
me, that if it weren’t around…I would be lost. I have my
own eco friendly house cleaning business called the Metal Maids. Honestly
its just my way to make a living so I can rock in the band.
would you describe a show from 'Lady Beast' and what are your personal
favourite segments of the show?
Deb: It's high energy and entertaining! I have been told I don’t
stop head banging for a minute….which I will not deny. People
are not intimidated by us and can just be themselves. One of my favorite
things is having the whole row in front of the stage being chicks that
pushed through all the dudes to get close. Because they feel comfortable.
We are all alike. I am not up on stage to be half naked. I’m there
to be a role model and to make people have a great time with heavy metal
One Deb - Horns Up!