dueling les Pauls—lazerus (left) and rutledge.Few bands can claim they got together in day care at just three years old, or that they went
pro at age nine, but that’s precisely the story behind
Haunted By Heroes. Now barely into their teenage
years, HXH recently released its self-titled debut
album [Alfadakidz Entertainment] by first issuing a
series of singles.
“When we were eight years old, people used to
laugh because we were pretty small,” says rhythm guitarist
Charley Rutledge. “But when we started to play,
they’d just stand there looking confused.”
The confusion was likely due to the huge roar
unleashed by players who seemed a couple of decades
shy of being able to make such a racket. The band was
also super tight and well versed in the licks, sounds,
and repertoire of classic rock.
“Eddie Van Halen, Angus Young, Vivian Campbell,
and Randy Rhoads are my heroes,” says lead guitarist
Max Lazerus, who signed on a year ago to replace
the band’s original soloist. “I’m a pretty fast player,
but playing Ronnie Montrose songs showed me a different
style, and slowed me down once in while. He
inspired me to be more tasteful.”
While guitar rock hardly thrills tons of young fans
these days, the Haunted By Heroes crew sees mounting
interest amongst their peers.
“A lot of kids tell us we’ve inspired them to listen
to rock, and even to start rock bands,” says Lazerus.
“I think the world needs more rock and roll.”
“And we definitely need kids to stop listening to the
boy bands that aren’t really playing,” adds Rutledge.
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