Artist of the day: The Heene Boyz
Even if the Heene Boyz become a success in the music world, it would be nothing compared to the global attention they’ve already received.
If you recognize 9-year-old singer-bassist Falcon Heene, it’s because he was the boy at the heart of the “Balloon Boy” story that stirred up much tabloid controversy in 2009. In short: For a few hours, it looked like Falcon had climbed inside his father’s giant silver balloon contraption, which was floating adrift over Colorado. Then authorities found out he was never in the balloon at all. Then came reports that the whole thing was a hoax cooked up by their father, Richard (which the Heene family has denied). Then came an appearance on ABC’s Wife Swap.
The Heene family has since relocated to Spring Hill, and believe it or not, their latest adventure might be just as crazy as the others. Falcon and brothers Bradford (age 12, guitar) and Ryo (11, drums) what their father says “might just be the world’s youngest aged metal band.” Influenced by artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Dio and Iron Maiden, Heene Boyz have an array of originals and covers of songs like Smoke on the Water and Iron Man. They’ve produced several videos for their original tunes, including two, Candy Cane and Latte Vampiress, that feature them frolicking with an uncomfortably older video vixen.
The videos, and the family’s backstory, may give you pause about the Heene Boyz. But there’s a genuine touch of Bruce Dickinson’s wail in young Falcon’s pipes. If you like what you hear, pick up their debut album, Chasing Tornadoes. Then check them out on Saturday, when the Heene Boyz are scheduled to open for Lights Out Lemmings, Relentless, Bet Me I’m Lying and Two Weeks Time at the State Theatre. Tickets are $10. Click here.