Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Butcher Babies vocalist Carla Harvey originally went public with their relationship in 2019, but were dating several years prior. In an interview with Audio Ink Radio, Benante said they met a long while back and got along pretty well! Benante also said Harvey originally turned him down for a date, but then obviously things worked out.
"Actually, we met at… Well, she says we met earlier, but I don't remember it. She says she interviewed me at the Golden Gods Awards, but I don't remember it, but she does have a picture of it, so I know I was there. And then we played a festival in San Bernardino together. I think it was — it could have been Knotfest.
"And then afterwards, our manager said, 'Oh, the Butcher Babies, they covered one of your songs for this, blah, blah, blah,' and I'm, like, 'Oh, cool.' And then, that's how I ended up meeting her, at that show. And we were both kind of interested in the same type of things — like, goofy, nerdy shit. But at the time, we were both kind of involved in marriages and stuff, and that was it.
"We would e-mail here and there, 'Hey, did you check out this book?' or, 'Did you see that?' And then that was it. I didn't talk to her for a bit. And then one day, I was in L.A. making a record, and I hit her up, and I said, 'You wanna meet around here, go get a coffee or something?' And, she turned me down. And then I hit her back up a little bit later, and she's, like, 'Okay, I've to gotta go to the art store in that area. Do you wanna come with me? And we ended up going to an art store. And that was it."
Check out the full interview below.