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Place of origin United States of America
Genres hip hop music

OriginSt Paul, Minnesota, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1997 – present
LabelsRazor & Tie
Twinkie Jiggles
Peter Leggett
Josh Peterson

Heiruspecs (/ˈh.ruˌspɛks/) is a live hip hop band based in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Their name is a deliberate misspelling of the word haruspex, which is a Roman term for a person trained to practice divination from the inspection of entrails.

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 2007. Their self-titled album "Heiruspecs," was released on December 13, 2008. On April 22, 2014 the band released "Night Falls."

In contrast to many contemporary hip hop groups that use sampling and turntables, Heiruspecs emphasize a raw, live sound celebrating their roots, and local music scene, and are more known for their live performances than records. They do shows with Minnesota-local hip hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment, and the group's style has been compared to the live hip hop band The Roots. They have a very upbeat sound and are typically on tour for at least half of the year.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

In commemoration of 10 years of St. Paul pride and good Hip Hop music, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declared December 22 Heiruspecs Day in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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[edit | edit source]

Current[edit | edit source]

  • Felix (Chris Wilbourn) - Vocals
  • Muad'dib (Jon Harrison) - Vocals, Beat Box
  • Twinkie Jiggles (Sean McPherson) - Bass
  • dVRG (DeVon Gray) - Keyboards
  • Peter Leggett - Drums
  • Josh Peterson - Guitar

Former[edit | edit source]

  • Martin Devaney - Saxophone
  • Bryan Alvarez - Trombone
  • Alex Oftelie - Drums
  • Al McIntosh - Trumpet
  • Steve McPherson - Guitar
  • Kevin Hunt - Drums
  • Conor Meehan - Drums
  • Tasha Baron - Keyboards
  • Alex Danovitch - Keys
  • Joshua Herbst - Drums
  • Brett Bullion - Drums
  • Noah Paster - Percussion, 808 pad
  • Tim Glenn - Drums

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio albums[edit | edit source]

EPs[edit | edit source]

  • Theskyisfalling (2016)

Compilation albums[edit | edit source]

  • 10 Years Strong (2007)
  • 20/20 (2017)

References[edit | edit source]

Bucket, Charlie (September 22, 2004). "Heiruspecs". Urbansmarts. Retrieved 2007-10-22.