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Betty Hates Everything bring classic rock to Salt Lake

Downloading and listening to one of Utah’s fastest up-and-coming bands, Betty Hates Everything, the reminiscent sound of Eddie Vedder bounces through the air. The Pearl Jam sound (and we’re talking Ten sound, not Backspacer sound) has all the emotion and grit of the infamous rockers with spot-on vocals and catchy guitar riffs that will keep listeners wanting more.

Frontman Kevin Hill, a Utah native and self-described musicphile, has been making music since he was barely old enough to walk.

“My dad put me on a drum kit when I was only four,” Hill said. “I’ve been involved in all kinds of music since then; musicals, choirs, bands, you name it.”

Hill, co-owner of Blak Lite Entertainment, a karaoke and entertainment company, has been in several bands before, and had nearly grown tired of trying to make one work. It took a few tries for BHE guitarist, T, to convince him to join the group.

Originally called Parsec, bassists Adam Bombard Bass and drummer Jason Andersen, who have been with the group for the past year, round out the foursome, who have been jamming together for nearly three years. While working on their first studio album, BHE is hitting up all the local clubs and putting together material for a national tour. The group has an impressive and growing resume and local rock veterans, The Vision, have even been BHE openers.

“We’ve put things in fast-forward this year,” Hill said. “We’ve got the momentum behind us and we’re going to grow so much.”

With all the songs written, BHE will be entering the studio in March and distributing their first album in April.

For the hard-rock sound that never strays from melodic and honest, Hill cites the influences of Blue October and Alterbridge and the effects are immediately present from start to finish. Hill, who writes lyrics and co-writes music with other members of the band, draws on life experiences for his music and has even dedicated a song to fighting homophobia called “Virus.”

“People ask me all the time what it’s like to be the lead singer of a rock band and be gay,” Hill said. “Honestly, it’s been great. No one has given me any trouble or problems. Even when I came out to other local bands, no one changed the way I was treated. Everyone has been so awesome with me.”

The group can be seen at clubs around the valley and will soon have an album available for download. To check out the upcoming shows, go to tinyurl.com/bettyhates.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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