Hard rock band Stitched Up Heart is heading out on tour with Hell or Highwater for the #HeartsinHellTour! This is on the heels of Stitched Up Heart‘s debut LP, which came together six years after the inception of the group, and it was worth the wait. Thrillcall had the opportunity to sit down with the main catalyst and frontwoman, Mixi, ahead of the tour to discuss the new album, kittens, and what’s in store for these upcoming concerts with Hell or Highwater.
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Thrillcall: When you began the band in 2010, the project was centered around heartbreak. Since its inception, how has the purpose of the band changed?
Stitched Up Heart: The purpose has been the same from the start. There were many times that we had to pick up and keep going. Many times our hearts were broken over and over during the course of the band as well as the reason the band name is Stitched Up Heart. The message is clear. Pick yourself up and put yourself back together.
TC: You mentioned in an interview with the Huffington Post that when writing some of Stitched Up Heart‘s early EPs, the band focused on writing as many songs as possible, then chose the best of the bunch to release. Was this the same idea behind the debut LP, Never Alone?
SUH: As far as the songwriting process goes, it has changed over the years. We used to write a bunch of songs in a rehearsal space and pick the favorites to record for the album but recently we have been writing in a studio and focusing more on each individual song rather than speed writing to get an archive. The songs are more thought out now.
TC: What’s the story behind all the photos of you with kittens?
SUH: We are very involved in helping animals. We donate a percentage of our merchandise sales on tour to a particular rescue out of Los Angeles that we love called ‘Kitten Rescue’ and I do some fostering while I’m off tour for bottle baby kittens as often as I am able to.
TC: The single “Monster,” from Never Alone, began as a song about your tattoo artist, Mr.Monster, but turned into something deeper given all the Monster energy drinks and the haunted set of the video. Were all the layers of this monstrosity intended?
SUH: There was definitely a crazy energy during the writing of ‘Monster.’ The place we started recording had spell ritual books, herbs, and candles for some really interesting stuff. It was almost like I was possessed when we wrote it. I just went crazy! Even while the video was being shot I felt like something was taking over me at the location we shot it. Very creepy, very weird, and very real.
TC: Your tour with Hell Or Highwater is about to begin. What kinds of things can fans expect when they show up to the #HeartsInHellTour?
SUH: If I told you everything we had planed for the #HeartsInHellTour I would be giving away all our secrets! I want it to be special as it’s been a while since we’ve done a headline run. Let’s just say we put a lot into this one to give people a show!
6/2 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
6/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
6/4 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
6/6 – Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
6/7 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Patio Bar & Grill
6/9 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
6/12 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
6/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater
6/15 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse
6/18 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Rusty Spur
6/20 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
6/21 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6/22 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
6/23 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/24 – Colorado Spring, CO @ The Black Sheep
6/26 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
6/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
6/28 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center
6/30 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theatre
7/2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
7/5 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
7/6 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
7/7 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
7/8 – San Diego. CA @ House of Blues
7/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go