Heiruspecs (pronounced high-roo-spex) is a live hip hop band based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, specifically the Midway neighborhood. The band's name is based on a deliberate misspelling of haruspex.
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."
The band is mostly known for their live performances. In contrast to many contemporary hip hop groups that use sampling and turntables, Heiruspecs emphasize a raw, live sound, their roots and local scene. They have also been known to do shows with Minnesota-local hip hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment. They have a very upbeat sound and are typically on tour for at least half of the year. The group style has been compared to the live hip hop band The Roots.
Heiruspecs is a self-titled album by Saint Paul, Minnesota hip hop group Heiruspecs. It was recorded at The Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, with producer Joe Mabbott. The album was released on December 13, 2008 at First Avenue.
There are several collaborations on the album. The track "Sunshower" features Dan Wilson of Semisonic, and "Change Is Coming" features Dessa of Doomtree. The album's first single is "Get Up," which discusses national divisions over an intense guitar riff.