The Balloon Boy Is Now in a Metal Band
By Jay Stephens
Hey, remember the Balloon Boy from 2009? Falcon Heene, the-little-Fort-Collins-boy-that-could-fly-OOPS-nevermind-he-was-in-the-garage-the-whole-time-and-his-dad-went-to-jail is now the lead singer of what is being (self-)proclaimed as "the world's youngest metal band," Heene Boyz, co-starring his two non-Balloon-Boy brothers Brandford and Ryo.
Here's our interview with the band, who are now based in Florida. We talked about their music and how they've signed boobs.
What motivated you to start the world's youngest metal band? Any particular reason behind the choice of genre?
Falcon: We chose this genre because metal is fun and most of the others don't appeal to us. Other genres aren't real music, like prerecorded pop.
Bradford: What motivated us to start the world's youngest metal band started when I saw our mom play the guitar on Wife Swap. She was playing "Breaking the Law" by Judas Priest. I thought it was cool, so I started to learn it. Then Falcon saw me play, and he wanted a guitar, so he got one. Falcon has an awesome voice, so he became our singer. Ryo got a First Act drum kit and he loved it, then we got him a better drum kit. We needed a bassist, so Falcon traded his guitar in for a bass.
Ryo: I chose metal because I liked the bands Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, etc.
Why did you decide to name the band the Heene Boyz, considering "FALCON" would've been a great metal band name, and he may have more immediate name-recognition?
Falcon: We decided to name the band Heene Boyz because it sounds cool, it's our last name, and Heene means "evil" in German--just kidding!
Considering the way a younger Falcon once reacted to media scrutiny (by unfortunately vomiting on national television), how has he prepared himself for the media scrutiny that will invariably come with the success of the Heene Boyz?
Ryo: Falcon didn't vomit from media scrutiny, he vomited from not sleeping and has asthma -- plus the media bought us ice cream the night before and he had phlegm in his lungs which made him vomit.
Falcon: Ozzy was scrutinized for biting off the head of a bat, and people like him more. We will be fine being ourselves.
How has Falcon's past as "the balloon boy" impacted the development of the Heene Boyz?