With Heiress, it’s all about progression. From their first EP to their 2015 LP, Of Great Sorrow, this Seattle band never ceases to reinvent themselves. Their metallic hardcore roots shone brightly on their self-titled EP, but as time went by, that hardcore sound began to be interlaced with elements of sludge, post-metal, post-rock and more. Each subsequent release by the band has been more forward-thinking and multi-faceted than the last, with Of Great Sorrow being the pinnacle of the band’s sonic evolution. Well, at the time it was. Not even a year later, Heiress return with Made Wrong, their true magnum opus. The record is expansive, destructive, cathartic and crushing. It’s everything that Heiress has offered over the years delivered in an epic, sprawling package. Svbterranean briefly sat down with vocalist and scene veteran, John Pettibone, to discuss his thoughts on the record, the band and his acting career.
Hello! Could you please introduce yourself and your role in Heiress?
Hello, my name is John. I am the vocalist.
John, you have been active in the scene for quite some time now. What invaluable lessons have you learned along the way? Any words to the wise?
Stick to your guns and lead your path.
Compared to your past musical endeavors, how has playing in Heiress pushed you as an artist, performer, etc?
I believe life in general has pushed me in growth which is a reflection of what I put into the band. My concepts haven’t changed, my views remain the same and I create in the same formats I’ve always done.
What influences Heiress, non-musically speaking?
Our surroundings, each other, survival and some RMA. Reality Mental Attitude
What can you tell me about the writing and recording process behind your forthcoming album, Made Wrong?
The writing was already in progress during the Of Great Sorrows recording session. Recording Made Wrong started about 8 months later and I finished up vocals about 3 months after that. I can’t speak for the other fellas as I didn’t sit in on the recording but mine was very comfortable and Matt had me done in 2 days. Matt Bayles is an old friend and is familiar with what I’ve done in the past so he knew what to expect and had some ideas in layering tracks.
Compared to previous releases, the more hardcore influences in Heiress has taken a backseat on Made Wrong in favor of longer, more sprawling compositions. What inspired this change in sound this time around?
Some were from member changes. Some were just expanding on sound and growth. A lot of 40 Watt Sun.
Are there any specific lyrical themes explored on the record?
Survival from toxic environments. Creating moments to cherish. Finding calm.
How does the artwork tie into the record thematically?
The dahlia represents diversity with the crocosmia being uncontrollable.
What do you want listeners to take away from Made Wrong?
If they can escape a bit and enjoy what we’ve created then we are pleased.
What is next for Heiress and yourself after this?
Heiress is already working on some 7″ splits. Some small tours in the works. Myself, just taking care of family. Thank you for asking.
One final random question: What was it like to be one of the stars of The Edge of Quarrel?
I don’t know about being a star but it was fun and made some great friendships out of it. Also, I’m a horrible actor! haha
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me.
Thank you for your time and support on this. Much appreciated!
Made Wrong will be released on March 18 via The Mylene Sheath.
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