Los Angeles-based modern metal quintet, Stitched Up Heart has already found a loyal following in the Treasure Valley. The band most recently played here with Adelitas Way and Lacey Sturm in April. Led by dynamic vocalist Mixi Demner, Stitched Up Heart recently released its debut full length record, Never Alone. The album is packed with huge melodies, heavy riffs, and addictive hooks; all of which can be heard on the first two singles, “Finally Free” and ‘Monster”.
The band will perform alongside Breaking Benjamin, Saint Asonia, Avatar, and Shaman’s Harvest at this year’s 2016 X Fest on Friday, August 26 at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa. They will go on early right after the X Fest Battle of the Band winners, Traitors Gate who will start the show. Gates open at 3pm; show starts at 4pm. Tickets are still available.
Mixi formed Stitched Up Heart in 2010 from the tattered remnants of her former project. Over the last six years she has sewn together a band of similarly passionate and focused musicians in drummer James Decker, bassist Randy Mathias, and guitarists Nick Bedrosian and Merritt Goodwin. In 2014, the group self released its 6-song EP Skeleton Key, garnering numerous new fans and media attention.
I had the opportunity to chat with Mixi just before the debut album was released. She offered her thoughts on the band’s Never Alone:
“With this new record, it’s coming from a dark place to a more hopeful place, I like to say. So it’s more grown up. I did a lot of growing in the last year. You wouldn’t think that in one year someone can almost completely change, but I’ve gotten a lot more serious–taking everything seriously–and it’s not just ‘oh it’s all fun and games, no big deal.’ The last record it was more so write 30 songs and pick our favorite six. This one it’s like, every song we take and really think about it. It’s weird cause the music got heavier, but I stopped screaming as much, so it balanced it out kind of nicely.”
The album’s advance single, “Finally Free” is a personal declaration for Mixi and ties into the growth she has experienced as a person and as a songwriter over the last year:
“‘Finally Free’ was kind of like having an epiphany; my life the way it was and wanting to do something about it, and changing the way that I perceive everything. It’s just about being here and being alive. Sometimes I still have to remember and remind myself, and when I listen to that song it really helps. You feel like you’re on a motorcycle with no helmet laws and just cruising with the wind blowing through your hair.”
Mixi shared that though she loves the album’s first single, it is not indicative of what the entire album will sound like, and she believes it is not even the strongest song on the record:
“‘Finally Free’ is a good segue into the record, and I think it’s perfect for it. It’s actually one of my favorites, but it wasn’t supposed to be a single. It was just supposed to be; let everybody hear it, see what they thought about it, and it ended up being a single because all these stations ended up picking it up. It ended up going way further than we thought. But there’s a couple other [songs] that are even better that are supposed to be the singles, so let’s just say that there’s better songs on the record and you guys will be pleasantly surprised.”
Mixi also chatted about working with Mitchell Marlow, meeting Vinnie Paul, dealing with fan expectations, and giving up drinking on the road. Listen to the full interview below, watch the videos for “Finally Free”, and “Monster”. And if you are like me, and you just can’t get enough Stitched Up Heart, they will also be performing the following night with co-X Festers, Shaman’s Harvest in the courtyard at Diamondz Event Center in Jerome on Saturday, August 27. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show, and may be purchased online at JeromeTickets.com.
The Diamondz show is an ALL AGES event. Full bar available to those 21+ with valid ID. Gates open at 2:00 pm, show starts at 3:00pm. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs served during the show.