Hearts & Hand Grenades are a four -piece hard rock band from Buffalo, USA.
How would you describe your music?
I’d say our music is a bit on the angry side. We try to keep that extreme upbeat vibe going in our music while staying in that hard rock genre that we all love. Each song tells a very unique tale. Some of the songs are even based on real life events.
Tell us about the history of the project?
The band was formed at the beginning of 2019. Our cover band was performing at a local Telethon right before the Goo Goo Dolls. Afterwards we found ourselves sitting at the bar enjoying some adult kool-aids, and Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls came strolling on over. He insisted that we get into his recording studio GCR and get some tracks laid down. We really didn’t even have any original music or the right lineup for such a project at that time. It was the next day that we began forming the band and here we are today with nice fanbase and we are continuing to grow. In just one short year we have release 2 EP’s and our third will arrive on May 1st, 2020.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Our influences go back to the 80’s with bands like Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Metallica. There are some definite musical hints of bands like Korn, Flyleaf, System of a Down, in more recent years. If you had to put a super hero cape on a musician I’d say for me it is Rob Halford of Judas Priest. They don’t call him the metal god for nothing. He paved one hell of a road for the musicians of today.
What inspires you?
I just love hard rock upbeat music. Anytime I hear a song with a fast tempo and some incredible guitar riffs, I start to get goose bumps. We try to create music that reflects this in all of our music. You can ask yourself… Can you work out to this music? Will you drive faster listening to this music? Will you do some head banging and fist pumping to this music? If the answers are yes, then we got it right. This is what inspires us to keep creating new tracks for all of our listeners.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We do all of our writing in the comforts of our own home. We have all the tools we need to create music in what I call the command room. Any piece of music equipment or software we might need to lay down some scratch tracks and hear how they sound are readily available to us.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Personally, my favourite song to play live is the title track off of our 2nd EP Nothing Left. It is a nice traditional sounding rock song, upbeat and fun as hell to play. It is also a crowd favourite and seeing them get involved in the song makes it even more fun. We haven’t had an opportunity to really play the songs off of our new EP coming out on May 1st called Adrenaline. I have a feeling my answer to this question might change in the very near future.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We have had the luxury of seeing two incredible bands in the last couple years and we’d love to be on the same tour with them. They are Avatar and Gemini Syndrome. These guys bring the raw power of hard rock and metal like no other newer bands that I’ve seen in recent years.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
I feel it is more difficult then ever to get your music heard. There are tons of incredible bands out there struggling just to get people to listen to their music. We have been fortunate to have a lot of fan support for our band and we are growing more and more every day. It’s a dog eat dog world out there. The little dogs need to show their teeth!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We haven’t even had our first tour yet. We are looking at putting something together this summer. I can however tell you the funniest thing that has ever happened to me at a gig. I was on the floor fixing a monitor and when I stood up, I tore my pants from the top of the front side, all of the way, to the top of the back side. I had to duct tape them together to keep my parts from falling out. In doing so the tape got stuck to other parts throughout the night causing some extreme discomfort for the entire show! Pro tip… bring some spare pants to gigs!
What are your future plans?
We are currently really looking forward to the release of our 3rd EP Adrenaline on May 1st. After the excitement calms down we are going to begin working on our 2nd full album. We are looking at putting a tour together this summer, hopefully we can make it over to the UK where a lot of our fans reside. Being able to play for them live would be fantastic. Hopefully, we will see you all in the near future.