ALT Homegrown Spotlight: Heaven’s Gateway Drugs

The origin of Heaven’s Gateway Drugs is as hazy as the music the band makes.  At some point in late 2011, 3 friends wrote a handful of songs that would end up being the first HGD EP.

A few demos were made and some time passed and eventually the demos found their way into the hands of a local promoter who immediately asked for the band to open for the Night Beats who were coming through Fort Wayne in March of 2012.  Inspired, the guys found a bass player and began working on new material for the show.

In the audience that night was Ben Carr, an enigmatic-sharman-esque local with a very unique worldview.  During the band’s set, Benn was overcome by visions and insights into the soul of mankind.  He claims that then and there he understood his calling in life and asked the band if he could use the band as a platform to spread his message.

Over the next few years, the band developed a cult-like following throughout the Midwest and beyond playing at clubs and festivals.  In 2015, the band announced they would be putting out a full length vinyl record in 2016 with Dizzybird Records.

Heaven’s Gateway Drugs.