"I don't push anything on my kids," he said, again and again.
July 5, 2013 10:29 AM Subscribe
Balloon Boy's Tween Heavy Metal Career Lifts Off Remember the Balloon Boy hoax of 2009 when the Heene family falsely claimed that young Falcon Heene had stowed away in his father's large balloon as part of a stunt to bring the family some sort of reality TV show fame? Not one to go quietly into that good night, the Heene family is back to trying to be famous. They've become the self-proclaimed world's youngest metal band: the Heene Boyz! Patriarch Richard Heene has roped his family into another of his get-famous-quick schemes with songs like "Duct Tape Man" and "Cactus People" off their four-track debut album, American Chili, based on his own failed B-movie script.
"Duct Tape Man" is the third track on American Chili, the Heene Boyz' recent EP, a four-song concept album loosely spun from a demented comedy-horror script of the same title that Richard drafted in 1999. One of the kids' home-school projects was to craft their own collaborative comic book based on their father's B-movie concept; such intimate familiarity with American Chili's premise helped them adapt the storyline into a soundtrack.
"It's called an EP for now, but it's going to be a full album," Richard announced in the basement, once the kids paused their practice. "If a record company picks them up, they can always go, ‘OK, you guys can finish it.' It's already written." That's an adult ambition, but the kids seem to have adopted it.
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