The Hell Butterfly

If We Could Be ‘The Batshit Crazies’

Every time I think of making a band I get super excited. I’ve wanted my own band for so long and every time the subject comes up I can’t help yearning for it. I won’t say I’m a songwriter because that would be a lie. But I have written lyrics in the past. I’ve fashioned whole albums by concept and with titles for songs. Admittedly I never got around to writing many of those lyrics, but I have written some that I really like.

I always said my band would be called The Batshit Crazies. Not convinced they’d be able to say our name on radio but fuck it, that’s what I want to be called and no goddamn radio station is going to stop me. Whenever I picture our band we’re in a garage, walls coated in neon paint, stickers, posters of our inspirations and we would be jumping off the drum-kit trying not to hit our heads on the rafters and bouncing off the walls because there was simply nowhere else to go. The garage door – painted like a 60’s hippy van – would be open as we played to let our raging music out, as there is no way you can contain the amazing shit happening behind it. In my world, we look like Tonight Alive, or Hey Monday, or Paramore. Just having a bloody good time with it.

I think we’d be a pop-punk meets indie band. I’d totally be the singer. Over the years I’ve wanted to be every member of the band. When I wanted to be the drummer I almost asked my friend to teach me. When I wanted to be the guitarist I taught myself how to read tabs and bought an electric guitar and amp to match. When I play Air Band to my favourite song I’ll do the drum solo and the guitar solo and switch back to headbanging to the vocals. Currently I want to be the singer. I love singing. I do it all the time, as I’m sure my neighbours can attest to. My vocal idols have changed over time but if anything it’s changed not because I don’t like the singer anymore, but because I’ve found vocalists whose style suits my voice better. At the moment I would say Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is my top female vocal idol. She is followed closely by Emilie Autumn. Daughtry is my biggest male vocal idol. I know I’m a lady-singer so shouldn’t have a man as an idol but I sing his shit well so why on Earth wouldn’t I?

I’m going to try and put some videos up now. I doubt they’ll appear here as I want them to but do click the link if they don’t.

There are a tonne of reasons I could give you why I love their vocals. But really they should speak for themselves. I think my voice is suited to songs with a lower register. That’s why I can sing Chad Kroeger – Hero perfectly but have to sing Evanescence – Going Under in too high a key. So really, Emilie, Lzzy and Chris Daughtry are the best suited to my voice anyway.

The other day me and the bestie were chatting about my new favourite band The Cab. The joke circled to The Taxi, The Bus, and all the way to The Tube. In the weird way all our conversations do this progressed to include all sorts of detail. Eventually we decided we should create our own group, call it The Tube and it would be the very first Pop-Metal-Funk group to grace this planet. We even ended up with a chunk of our debut single:

*Sings* Ooh yeah we dance to the tune of our beating hearts
‘Cos we love each other till the world goes dark.
*Growls* TILL THE WOOOORLD .. GOOOOESS .. DAAAARK!

Admittedly that conversation also then went on to talking about the logistics of how we could set our crowd on fire without incurring hospital bills, but we decided they could sign a disclaimer at the door and thus The Tube was born.

And now, just because I can, here are some lyrics that I wrote a while back. I personally think it’s awesome. I can hear it play out in my head, drums, guitars, everything. I wrote it with All Time Low in mind so keep I Feel Like Dancin‘ in your head while you read it. It sounds like that. Actually it sounds very, very close to that.

It’s called Clark Kent.

Tied a bed sheet round my shoulders
And built my tower tall [So high!]
Climbed up on to the tiled roof
I wasn’t scared at all [Fearless!]
Tried only to look skyward
I’d survive it after all [I’ll live forever!]
But when I leaped I found the proof
That I could only fall

How honestly
Could that man be
A superhero
He’s just a zero
But underneath
Apparently
He is not quite so ordinary

Spread my wings and fly
You said I’d only make it if I tried
I have to see it through
How could you ever expect me to know who
I wanted to be?
What I need to see
Is some evidence that Superman is real.

Wore a bright blue spandex wetsuit
Initial on my chest [Giant S!]
Got pumped up ready to save the day
I was gonna ace this test [Flying colours!]
From the bleak horizon rose my foe
And while giving me his best [A’thank you]
He threw a box truck at my face
And laid me down to rest

How honestly
Could I ever be
A superhero
I’m just a zero
And underneath
Apparently
I’m nothing more than ordinary

Spread my wings and fly
You said I’d only make it if I tried
I have to see it through
How could you ever expect me to know who
I wanted to be?
What I need to see
Is some evidence that Superman is real.

Wish I could turn back time
Three thousand revolutions in the sky
You found my Kryptonite
The single thing to make me wilt and die.
Give me back the light.

How honestly
Could that man be
A superhero
He’s just a zero
And quietly
He says to me
“You’ll never be extraordinary”

{Instrumental}

Spread my wings and fly
You said I’d only make it if I tried
I have to see it through
How could you ever expect me to know who
I wanted to be?
Spread my wings and fly
You said I’d only make it if I tried
I have to see it through
How could you ever expect me to know who
I wanted to be?
What I need to see
Is some evidence that Superman is real.

Na na na na
Na na na na
Na na na na

How could you ever expect me to know who
I wanted to be?
What I need to see
Is some evidence that Superman is real.

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