If a band can measure the future of its popularity by the content of its Facebook comments, then Body Shot is on its way to making a lasting impression. In-your-face party cover band Body Shot is ready to get things started in Anniston — and after that, the world. The four-piece band, fronted by former Facedown vocalist Matt Slowik, is making its debut onto the music scene this month, and from there, the sky is the limit. Before they take the stage Saturday at Heroes, we talked with the band about starting anew, what’s behind the name, and why you should take them seriously.
Q: So the last time we talked with you, Matt, you were with Facedown. Why did you decide to leave after two years and work with a new band now?
Matt Slowik (vocals/guitar): Facedown was supposed to be my dream group, but things didn’t go that way. I decided I didn’t want to deal with any band drama for a while and just started doing acoustic shows with James (Higgins, guitar/vocals). I found he had the same frustrations, and so we decided to put together what became Body Shot.
I started Facedown myself and put a lot of effort into it. But when the band was no longer going the direction I meant it to go, I gave them my notice and finished the remaining shows.
Higgins: Matt and I had started playing acoustic shows together. During that time, we decided to put together a new band that would let us both move forward in the direction we wanted.
Q: Why the name Body Shot? It seems like the group is very in-your-face with a name like that.
Higgins: Matt came up with Body Shot. We wanted something that would be catchy and grab your attention right away, but would also leave open plenty of options ...
Jason Grant (drums/vocals): We think it represents our musical style — sometimes aggressive but always sexy.
Q: What made you decide to become involved with Body Shot?
Eric Lawson (bass/vocals): I spent most of the ’90s in original bands playing original music venues. It wasn’t until the early 2000s when my drummer friend, Dave Lynam of band Lynam, introduced me to the cover band scene. [Over the] past few years ... I actually started playing covers and doing some fill-in gigs. I was hesitant about joining any band ’til I found the right people and fit for me. I’m really happy to be on stage with the Body Shot guys. They’re great musicians, and it’s always a lot of fun.
I think I tried all music instruments before landing on bass. I wanted to be a drummer but had too many drummer friends. I wanted to be in a band, so bass guitar it was. I was in choir in high school, but I’m far from a singer. I’m still working on that.
Grant: I moved to the area from out west a few years ago. I played with a few Birmingham-based bands. I also played with Facedown for a short while after Matt had left. I knew he was a great frontman. So, when the opportunity was offered to start something new with solid players, I signed on without hesitating.
Q: How did you all come together to form this band?
Slowik: Once James and I knew what we wanted to do with the group, we started looking for the other members. We found Jason and knew he was the right fit on drums. For bass, we auditioned a friend of mine first who didn’t work out.
Higgins: I already knew Eric and that he was available. So we gave him a shot, and needless to say, he nailed it.
Q: It seems as if Anniston gets a strong concentration of bands in the same rock genre that play regularly. What makes you different from any other rock band out there that comes through the area?
Higgins: I think a major part is the overall talent level of the band and the energy we will give on stage.
Lawson: We know there is a fine line between what we want to play and what songs crowds expect. We will do our best to entertain and put on a good show regardless of what song is being played.
Q: You’re just starting out and are beginning to play your first shows in and around the area — how do you want others to perceive you?
Grant: We want people to see us as one of the premier cover bands of the Southeast circuit. We have the talent and dedication. We just need a little time to get it off the ground.
Slowik: And of course that when you come see us, you better expect a party!
Lawson: We want to be a high-energy act, except during the occasional power ballad.
What: Rock covers
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Heroes American Grill, 8896 McClellan Blvd., Anniston
Erin Williams is a graduate of Faith Christian School and the University of Alabama. She is a performing arts aide for the Washington Post Style section.