They might just be the world’s youngest metal band.
At least, that’s what the website for the HEENE BOYZ (please note the proper capitalization and cool/hip “z” in place of an “s”) proclaims. Famous for the Balloon Boy hoax in 2009, 9-year-old Falcon Heene is now fronting a band with his two brothers.
HEENE BOYZ started in January 2011. The group’s website claims: “Falcon Heene was born with an unusually high pitch voice that is unique and adds to the metal sound of the band.” (Otherwise known as the pre-pubescent stage of his life).
HEENE BOYZ consists of Falcon on vocals and bass, his 13-year old brother Bradford on guitar, and 12-year-old Ryo on drums. The band recently released its debut album, “Chasing Tornadoes” with eight original songs written by the boys — sorry, boyz. The six ear-splitting minutes of the title track are filled with the not-too-deep musings and high-pitched wailings of Heene.
There’s a World of Warcraft song, something called “Latte Vampiress,” and “Burnin’ to Play” which is described as: “all boys like to play, but not as much as us. We don’t want to work for ‘the Man.’ We would rather earn money playin’ our instruments.” There’s also a song about how much they love candy, aptly named “Candy Cane,” and “Again,” all about Bradford Heene getting kissed by two sisters. The boys “sat around remembering 2008 and those sisters” and wrote a song about it. For the true HEENE BOYZ fans, there is the option to buy a “CD Complete Set,” which features two additional songs.
With a strong fan base that includes a whopping 91 likes on the band’s Facebook page, these boys — sorry, boyz — are the perfect antitheses to all of that joyful, well-sung Christmas music you’ve been hearing so much of these days.
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.