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Music | All Grown Up: SLC’s Lindsay Heath comes into her own.

By Jon Paxton
Posted // January 7,2009 - During his career, James Brown was considered the hardest-working man in show business. For the past several years, local percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Heath has done her best to assume a less gender-specific version of that title. 

Heath, who’s served in more local bands than you probably knew existed, including Redd Tape, Mushman and the Vile Blue Shades, splits her time between New York City and Salt Lake City, working with Sibyl Buck, Valerie Gefner, and Jen Turner on the East Coast. Here in Utah, Heath focuses her attention on the spectacular electronic trio Muscle Hawk, along with No Blood to Spare, Under the God, and Twin Lull. She also often accompanies Bronwen Beecher on the Salt Lake City violinist’s various eclectic projects. Many people recognize Heath for longstanding solo project, Kid Madusa, for which she plans to release several EPs, or an album, later this year. Just hearing about her schedule is exhausting, Heath can’t imagine slowing down.

“This is what I do. I keep myself busy,” she says. “It is very important to me to be so diverse because I feel that my skill as a musician is developed and expanded tremendously this way.”

A Utah native, Heath was raised as a member of the LDS Church, though her experience as a lesbian shamed for her “lifestyle” eventually drove her to a different, more accepting community. Though she credits Mormon hymns with nurturing her love of music, Heath now looks to another community for inspiration.

At the 2000 Utah Pride Festival, “I had just come out and had a very messy experience with my family. I just happened upon the festival and I was extremely inspired and moved,” she says. “This last year I performed my Kid Madusa music there. A lot of my songs have to do with, not necessarily being gay, but knowing the reality of feeling separate from the majority or the whole. To be able to go there and perform is such an honor for me and I feel as though I’ve been given the opportunity to voice a personal anthem.”

Muscle Hawk seems to be the most active of all Heath’s groups. “It is very professional, and I feel that although the sound is unique and a bit advanced for many listeners, the dance pulse and energy is widely accessible and excitable. I am wanting to be as active as possible. We have a long list of upcoming performances,” she says. “And I’m going to England in March for a music festival called Block Party. Aphex Twin is going to perform, one of my favorite and most influential artists ever. Josh [from Muscle Hawk] and I were talking about, just today, doing a two-week tour there.”

Heath, who toured the UK as Kid Medusa last year, also plans to perform several West Coast shows in 2009. Some recordings are in the works, too. Expect Muscle Hawk’s debut EP, The Speed of Dark, within the next few months.

Ultimately, Heath’s hard-working energy seems to be funneling into her own solo material. Along with the help of some local computer wizards, she will one day be able to tenaciously perform her work solo, including all the layered parts usually performed by other musicians—and she’ll do so until the final curtain call.

“I will forever devote myself to music. I will always be an active musician. That is where I am now, that is how I survive, that is where I will be a year from now, and forever on—in this physical realm, or another.”

Kid Madusa, "Battery Acid"

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Posted // January 26,2009 at 18:11 no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have been looking for this girl for 5 years or 6. i didn’t know she was from slt lake . ; i saw her play 4 or 5 times over the years but always when she was on tours with different music. i met her once at graceland in seattle when she was touring with mates of state and rainer maria. her show was so good. she introduced me with mates of state and rainer maria and that was my dream back then. i saw her first time at the meow meow in portland OG with helio sequence when the place was packed with 1000 kids trying to get on the stage to make out with her because kori from mates of state asked the crowd if lindsey was the hottest drummer! i rmember lindsy threw her drums off the stage to scare everybody away but it just made them more crazy for her because she was rocking so hard and everbody was dancing to her music. Then in canada i saw her drum for that metal band whats it called. it was so weird i just kept seeing her playing in different lands and never knew she was going to be there she just always was touring in different bands in america and canada and i was afraid to talk to her because she didnt know me and i know who she is .from seeing her in so many bands. she is the best drumer and i once saw her help a girl who got nocked out in the metal show while she was supose to be drumming still. the girl had a broken nose and was choking on her blood and linsay health was picking her up to take her outside for fresh air patting her back and she started breahting again. then linsey just walkedd back in with blood everywher on her and then started playing the drums again and everybody was so amazing that she could drum metal better then the metalhead hessian men who only play it. she is my hero to. oh ya i saw her talking to tori amos one time in denver at red rocks for a long time. i thought they were sisters. does anybody know how i can see linsay heath play somewhere?


Posted // January 11,2009 at 17:25 Thanks Circus Brown for informing your listeners of this article on krcl last night. I heard Lindey play live as kid madusa on your show a few months ago. I was speechless. I loved her songs on the radio last night too. Cant wait to see her muscle hark show soon. Cant believe she is still local!!!!!


Posted // January 8,2009 at 06:12 great article, awesome video thanks!