|Origin||St Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop
|Years active||1997 – present|
|Labels||Razor & Tie
Heiruspecs (pronounced high-roo-spex) is a live rap/hip hop band based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, specifically the Midway neighborhood. The band's name is based on a deliberate misspelling of haruspex.
The band's first releases (Live from the Studio and Antidisestablishmetabolism) are out-of-print, though a compilation featuring songs from them was released as 10 Years Strong in December of 2007. Their self-titled album "Heiruspecs," was released on December 13, 2008. The band's next release will be "Night Falls," to be released on April 22, 2014.
The band is mostly known for their live performances. In contrast to many contemporary hip hop groups that use sampling and turntables, Heiruspecs emphasize a raw, live sound, their roots and local scene. They have also been known to do shows with Minnesota-local hip hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment. They have a very upbeat sound and are typically on tour for at least half of the year. The group style has been compared to the live hip hop band The Roots.
Heiruspecs formed in 1997 when the members were attending St. Paul Central High School. They met while taking a studio recording arts program there. Sean (Twinkie Jiggles) would play bass while four or five drummers would rotate in and out of freestyle sessions, and Felix would rhyme throughout the whole process. Early Heiruspecs music contained trombone and saxophone, but these were absent on Small Steps and A Tiger Dancing. In 2004 Heiruspecs was named the best live artist in the Twin Cities by City Pages.
Heiruspecs took an unofficial hiatus after their tour van was totaled in 2005.
The most recent Heiruspecs recording, "Heiruspecs," was released on December 13, 2008.
In summer 2010, the band was in the studio working on a new album.
Members and Former Members
- Felix (vocals)
- Muad'dib (vocals, beat box)
- Twinkie Jiggles (Bass)
- dVRG (Keys)
- Peter Leggett (Drums)
- Josh Peterson (Guitar)
- Martin Devaney (Saxophone)
- Brett Bullion (Drums)
- Bryan Alvarez (Trombone)
- Al McIntosh (Trumpet)
- Noah Paster (Percussion, 808pad)
- Tasha Baron (Keys)
- Tim Glenn (Drums)
- Alex Danovitch (Keys)
- Alex Oftelie (Drums)
- Conor Meehan (Drums)
- Joshua Herbst (Drums)
- Kevin Hunt (Drums)
- Live From The Studio (1998)
- Antidisestablishmetabolism (2000)
- Small Steps (2002)
- A Tiger Dancing (2004)
- 10 Years Strong (2007)
- Heiruspecs (2008)
- Night Falls (2014)
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- "BEST LIVE ARTIST: Heiruspecs" 2004. City Pages
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