- Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
We are Hearts & Hand Grenades, a Buffalo born hard rock band. We’ve got Stephanie Wlosinski on bass and lead vocals, Mike Bress on rhythm guitar and keys, Kenny Blesy on lead guitar, and Tom Lafferty on drums.
2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
We all met through the cover music scene here in Buffalo. Stef and I started playing in bands together about eight years ago in a local rock band. Somewhere along the way we met Tom and Kenny in the scene, we became friends, and even started jamming together at some gigs. It wasn’t until Stef and I performed at a local telethon in early 2019 that we decided it was time to get our own original project going. This was due Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls who approached us afterward and insisted we get in his Studio GCR and get the music laid down. We then approached Kenny and Tom to get them on board and here we are.
- What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
We are all about the hard rock. When we recorded our first EP ‘Wait’ we knew we wanted to make great hard rock songs. We ended up doing just that. We soon got to work on our second EP ‘Nothing Left’ and felt even stronger with the music as we moved toward our goal of being classified as a hard rock band. With our third EP release ‘Adrenaline’, I think we’ve arrived at our goal. The latest EP is full of some powerhouse rock music.
- What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
The creativity of building a song from scratch is the most fun for us. I like sitting down with a blank piece of paper and watching a song being born. From that first moment when you have that sweet guitar riff in your head, and you are able to build that into a complete idea is just great. It is very satisfying to see everyone put their thoughts and ideas into making the songs what they are in the end.
- What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
There are a lot that we’ve portrayed in the songs we released already. I’d have to say the dominant themes reside around hopelessness, anger, and frustration. Everyone in their lives has a story surrounding these at any given time. It is natural to take an idea in this area and run with it. Some are fiction and some are not.
- Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
I’d say going back to the early eighties with Judas Priest, Metallica, and AC/DC is where we draw a lot of influence from. Those guitar riffs and the overall feel of the songs were just ground-breaking. They have stood the test of time and you can hear their style and play of music in a ton of hard rock bands out there today.
- Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Our music is available for streaming everywhere. You can find us on platforms like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Deezer, Jango, etc. It is also available for purchase from iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, etc.
- What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Our absolute favorite thing about playing live is the rush. There is nothing better than standing up on that stage with loads of screaming fans standing before you. It is amazing to see them getting into music that you have created. I still remember the first time I saw a fan singing the lyrics to our music back and that really gave me a chill. I knew we were destined for some amazing things at that moment.
- What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Through our music, I guess I wouldn’t have a specific topic that I would keep pushing. We write our songs on the edge of our seats. The ideas come to us, and we lay them down. At one moment we might talk about finding out your deepest secret or needing a fix. It’s really just whatever idea we had at the moment we were writing the song.
- Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
We see ourselves on the big stages in the next couple of years. We are actively looking at putting a tour together so we can hit the road and get our music out of the Buffalo area live for everyone to be a part of. We got into this for the long haul and look forward to every little moment along the way.