First single from To Heck With The Devil
Second single from To Heck With The Devil
As per our New Year's Serious Resolution #1, we've been working on a studio album since Good Friday, 2016 when we recorded the first drum tracks that opened a two-year recording project producing twenty tracks that represent what Heckfire has been so slowly crafting over the years. We're very proud (and relieved) to announce that we have completed our project and we will be releasing our album officially on Easter Fool's Day, April 1st, 2018. It only took us two years and three days. Yeah, I know Jesus claimed to have done this on his own in only three days, but we didn't get daddy's help.
We called the album “To Heck With The Devil” and it will be made available on various streaming services to listen to for free (probably with some shitty ads, so not like, free free). You will also be able to purchase songs and the album on major digital music outlets like iTunes and Google Music. Maybe there will be some limited edition content from us that might possibly contain the complete twenty tracks and maybe some bonus content like our first live show and really low-quality iPhone recordings of us rehearsing songs that didn't make the studio. Or maybe not. Maybe we just made the twelve tracks and decided to go back and jerk each other off for a year while making everyone think we were in the studio making hot recordings.
There's more to come! We have some performances that we are soon to announce and keep an eye open for some singles that we will be releasing ahead of the full album.
The tradition of the New Year’s Resolution dates back to the Babylonians and was religious in nature. They would promise to their god(s) that they would, in the New Year, repay their debts and return items lent to them not because they want to build their character and not because they empathize with their lenders, but because they wanted to stay in the good graces of the magical beings they thought were running things. Obviously we’re a bit skeptical of these deities, but we do like the idea of empathizing with others and pushing the needle toward realizing our ideal selves so in the spirit of continuous self-improvement we would like to make a resolution or two for 2016.
Heckfire has been around for an embarrassingly long amount of time as a band without having some sort of tangible output; something one can take home from a show or fire up Spotify to listen to. I mean, it’s like we’re up here just jerking ourselves off every week at practice and then when we get to rehearsing, we just jerk each other off some more! So,
Resolution #1: Stop jerking each other off so much. We’ll go blind!
Ok, seriously, that’s not really our first resolution. That was just a practice one so you know what the real ones will look like when they happen. We digress. We’ve been around for a long time making music and not actually distributing any so it’s high time we make an album and put something out into the world.
Serious Resolution #1: Make an album.
We’re starting next month and we hope it won’t take too long. We’ll post some updates to our Facebook page as we do this and we will still show up occasionally for performances here and there for fun. Speaking of fun, we have some real beer connoisseurs in our ranks and we also think it might be time for the band to just get off the goddamn fence and pick one.
Serious Resolution #2: Pick a band brew.
The Central Florida area really offers some amazing craft beer opportunities and in the interest of science, we think we’re going to need to sample as many types of beer as we can and rate them in some fashion which might take some organization and certainly lots of drinking, but we think we're up to the task.
There you have it; Heckfire’s 2016 New Year’s Resolutions: Make a record and drink more. Well, we’re a fucking band, what do you expect?
It was interesting to examine all of the crazy shit someone managed to drop on the server where this website is hosted. Let me tell you, it was a mélange of PHP obfuscation techniques. The purpose of the hack was nothing more than to override search engine image searches to redirect marks to some malicious site or awesome online store selling penis-enlarging pills. I should say that we were hacked, but I don't want to mix the meaning with the kind of hack that some shitty know-it-all suggests at a party—“Hey guys, we can use this dental floss to cut the cake! Put that knife away! I know a hack!”
As we were rooting through all of the hacked up crap on the server, we realized it would be easier to take advantage of the opportunity to re-design and re-launch our website for fun.
So, we say adieu to the old crust site and Willkommen to our new web-presence. Don your hard-hats and mind any bizarre shit that may show up here in the next few weeks while we complete the overhaul. As of tonight, the information here on shows and such is up-to-date. We'll hit everyone back up after we're done here. Take care, everyone!
Heckfire has been writing and performing music together in the central Florida area since 2011. We all thoroughly enjoy and discuss music of all kinds and it is this relationship with music that we seek to almost ritualistically explore every week when we meet. If there were such a thing as spirits, we would describe our experiences together as spiritual whether we are rehearsing and/or writing in privacy or performing our newly baked goodies for our friends. There are also a lot of dick jokes shared which may or may not reveal something deeper about the band. :-*
Rusty “Lucifuge Rofocale” Hamil
Rusty plays bass and sings back-up vocals like that one big nun in Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in tha Habit, our favorite movies! Rusty was asked to play with the group sometime in late 2010. He provided a wonderful rehearsal space for the group to start working in and has been the primary contact point for band business since. Rusty is always listening to new music and shares great playlists on Spotify.
Baretoe “Alastor” Aguilar
Roberto’s primary focus is lead vocals. Roberto plays guitar switching between an electric baritone, mandola and a plain old Fender. Steve and Roberto have healthy debates nearly every time they hang out, and an almost antagonistic relationship with Eric. Back when Heckfire was not Heckfire yet, Roberto and Steve played together in a different project and both realized they had a good working relationship. Roberto was the last member of the current roster to have joined and soon after Heckfire performed its first show.
Did you know?
Heckfire’s very first review concluded that the band sounded very crowded on stage. Roberto even had climb over a sea of guitars and keyboards to try to connect with the other band’s audience.
Eric “Ukobach” Bonk
Eric likes to take care of other people and that quality is paramount in providing percussion to four demanding band members. As much as Heckfire pushes on Eric, he still finds it in his heart to keep the band well fed with boiled crawfish, smoked greens and whisky. Eric was asked to join the band in June 2011, however Rusty floated the idea of playing with Eric to Steve in an email back March 2010 when Rusty and Steve were talking about getting together to form something. Steve didn’t know at the time that Rusty had the master plan all along!
Jon “Haagenti” Ball
Now, kids, Jon invited Steve to jam with him and his buddies at a really great location early 2010. As interesting as it was, They were both itching to go a different path and from that point, Jon and Steve formally began the entity that would become Heckfire. Besides contributing his guitar talents, Jon regularly introduces the band to new craft beers at each rehearsal which is an important part of any respectable band.
Stephen “Vapula” Shanafelt
Stephen plays an electric baritone guitar primarily and adds both keys and vocals to help fill out the sound. Steve and Jon started writing some music together back in 2011 and slowly picked up the remaining members until they solidified as Heckfire. Stephen is dedicated to the pursuit of spreading the joy of music, critical thinking and Dickies shirts, which are very durable.
For booking or any other inquiries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry, we do not do Bat Mitzvahs.