Halestorm Ready To Roll Out ‘Mz. Hyde’ as Halloween Season Single
Photo: Miikka Skaffari
Photo: Miikka Skaffari
With Halloween rapidly approaching, Halestorm vocalist Lzzy Hale is looking forward to the release of "Mz. Hyde," the fifth single from the band's 2012 album The Strange Case Of… At the same time, Halestorm are celebrating the release of their new covers EP, ReAniMate 2.0, which includes a wide range of songs -- from AC/DC’s "Shoot to Thrill" to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Since Halestorm are in the middle of a European tour and will be between Stockholm, Sweden and Amsterdam, Holland this Halloween, Hale probably won't be going trick or treating on October 31, but she very well might crack a bottle of wine with her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, and recall some of the more colorful Halloweens from their youth.
"My mother used to sew our costumes," Hale told Yahoo Music. "Before Arejay was old enough to say anything, she would make me a costume and then he would end up being the accessory. One year my mother made me a Little Mermaid costume and he was the little lobster, Sebastian. It was hilarious seeing him try to waddle around in this silly outfit. My favorite year was when I dressed up as Peter Pan and Arejay went as one of the Lost Boys. I'm just glad he didn't want to be Tinker Bell."
On a darker note, Hale recalls Halloween nights as a teenager in rural Pennsylvania that resembled slasher films. The holiday brought out all the neighborhood nutjobs, and some of the events she and her friends went to were so scary she sometimes feared for her life.
"There was the Field of Screams, which was a local farm with a mowed out cornfield where local people from around the area would volunteer to jump out and scare the crap out of you," she recalled. "They had these haunted hayrides and you had to stay in the ride, but then people would come in and try to grab you so it was pretty scary. It wasn't a commercial thing so there were no rules. It was a free-for-all and you didn't know who was grabbing you because everyone had masks on. That probably could have ended really badly."
"Mz. Hyde" will follow the ballad "Here's to Us," which rocketed to number one on the iTunes Top Rock Songs chart after it was used in an episode of "Glee." By contrast, "Mz. Hyde" is uptempo, spooky and theatrical, kind of like Alice Cooper crossed with Joan Jett. Lyrically, it addresses Hale's Jekyll/Hyde personality and wound up serving as the thematic glue that binds The Strange Case Of… together.
"It was one of the later songs we wrote," Hale said. "At one point we were looking at a good chunk of 17 to 50 songs that were all over the place. The guys in the band were saying, 'Well, how can we put all these songs onto this record? We love them all, but there's no common theme.' So I came to them with this idea about this Mz. Hyde character. It was actually a personal thing because it was a character I invented that helped me come out of my shell when I was a kid. Growing up, I was a very shy and introverted, so I more or less had to invent Mz. Hyde in order to be the rock star I wanted to be onstage.
"For years I've been writing about these two sides of myself, and I wanted to capture that in a song. So I brought this to the guys and all three of them looked at me at the same time and said, 'Oh my God, that’s it! Lzzy, you are Mz. Hyde! Once we put this song on the record everything else makes sense because we have the soft side of you and then the harder side of you. That works because you're like a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing!' And I was like, 'Well, okay, I'm glad we were able to work that out, basically at my expense.'"