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Music Interviews: “Heart & Hand Grenades” Talk about being a hard rock band based in buffalo.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

An Interview with Irish Alternative Rock Band Stone Sea

So, I would Like to preface this interview by saying that this my first time doing this, so I’m really excited and kinda nervous.

Nothing to be nervous mate, We are all new here and we’re excited to do this interview too.

Alright, thanks. I would just like to say that I love your work a lot and I’m really excited to see what you have in store for the future.

Okay, so let’s begin the interview.

`1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Lead Singer and Guitarist
Connor Middleton – Drums
Jonathan Parminter – Bass and Backing Vocals

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Well, Stone Sea originally started in Brazil around 2014, recording and releasing “Origins” in 2015, same year that Elvis traveled to Ireland where he reformed the band and recorded the EP’s “Vaporizer” (2017) and “Mankind Maze” (2019). The band had a line up change in 2019 and now counts with Jonathan in the bass and Connor in the drums.
Connor was the first to join the band, he had already seen a gig here in Dublin of which he really liked. When Elvis was doing some trials with new drummers, for his vision and his skills on the drums, he was chosen. Same with Jonathan actually but he just join the band around a month before the Irish tour releasing song by song of Mankind Maze.
Jonathan and Connor are now studying in the music college here in Dublin.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
We are still experimenting some stuff. What we want to do is to bring more world music to our sound. We feel there’s a great connection between music from the root of civilizations and a crunchy and obese instrumentation.

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
The fact that we, individually, bring different ideas and influences. There’s always something interesting in blending styles and influences; it’s basically crafting newborn aliens.

5. What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
Feelings and the subconscious mind. In other words things that cannot be described without ambiguity. I’d say is our way of exploring things we don’t understand, so we let them describe themselves in lyrics and wave forms.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
Black Sabbath and Nirvana had a huge influence in our work, but there are many more we could point out. Electric Wizard, Mr. Bungle, Megadeth, Slayer, Type O Negative, Pantera they all had their share on impacting our sound, somehow.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Anywhere! We are on Spotify (Stone Sea), Youtube (/c/stonesea), Deezer, Bandcamp, Soundcloud. Not to mention our social platforms Facebook (/stoneseamusic) and Instagram (@stoneseaband).

8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Connection with life, people, places, cultures. Always refreshing to our minds to get to know new things. By discovering them we discover more about ourselves.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
That life isn’t made to be understood, but to be created.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
At the moment we are about to release a new music video for an alternative version of a song from “Mankind Maze”, we have a bunch of new tunes to be recorded, there’s also a UK tour planned for September but due to the Corona Virus situation it might be postponed, so keep an eye in our social media platforms!

A Kurt Cobain Appreciation post; on his 26th Death Anniversary

Kurt Cobain means a lot to me. Not just his music, but him as person. How does someone who’s been dead for longer than I’ve been alive, affect my life so much? I don’t know, but that’s the power Kurt had – he influenced and connected with an entire generation. Like Lars Ulrich of Metallica said “with Kurt Cobain you felt you were connecting to the real person, not to a perception of who he was — you were not connecting to an image or a manufactured cut-out. You felt that between you and him there was nothing — it was heart-to-heart. There are very few people who have that ability”

Now I don’t know what it must’ve felt like hearing the news of Kurt’s suicide on 5th April 1994 at the age of 27 (though the body was discovered three days later), but from what I’ve heard, it’s one the saddest days in rock history. I know this much, if I were alive back then I would probably lock myself in a room for the whole day and not talk to anyone. But that’s not what happened. In fact I only started to listen to nirvana’s music two years back. I had obviously heard of them and listened to smells like teen spirit, but other than that no real connection. But over the past two years they have grown to become one of my favorite bands of all time.

A portrait of the young man as an artist. For his eighth birthday in February 1975, Kurt received this easel from his paternal grandparents. Comic book characters were his favorite art subjects in childhood; he began with Disney-related fare, such as Donald Duck, but quickly moved to superheroes. Here, Kurt is copying the cover from Giant-Size Werewolf #4, an April 1975 Marvel comic.

Now this post isn’t about nirvana’s music or a review of their entire catalog, I just wanted to share with you my love Kurt Cobain and what he means to me. I feel a lot of personal connection with Kurt, things about his early life that reflect my own. Kurt had a tough childhood, a dysfunctional family and his parents divorced when he was small. He loved comic books and would sit in his class making drawings and sketches. He developed hatred for his father as he lived with him and later his mother, whose boyfriend abused her, which really left a emotional stain on Kurt. Kurt didn’t like sports but still pretended to be interested and played with others in school. He listened to classical and punk rock songs with passion since he was a kid. He also suffered from diseases like bronchitis from a very early age. He later fell prey to chronic diseases like depression in high school and also spent a period homeless. Now, these are not reasons to love someone, but somewhere, I feel Kurt would understand my life since it’s so much similar to his. But the most important thing is he survived through all those problems and lived fearlessly, which makes me look up to him even more.

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93. Photo by Frank Micelotta.

But let’s be honest we wouldn’t be talking about Kurt today if it wasn’t for his music. Nirvana was a revolutionary act. Before them, alternative music was considered underground music, only for a niche. But Nirvana made Alternative music mainstream. And thanks to them Alternative music still remains one of the top genres in terms of quality and content. Nirvana became famous with their global hit single ‘smells like teen spirit’, from their 1991 album “Nevermind”. The album also earned great reviews for them and a tour deal for two years. And in no time they became the most adored rock stars of early 90’s. Their sound was revolutionary, inspired by artists like Iggy Pop and Pixies, it made wave for a new kind of music. Their music was raw, unfiltered and loud and it always left an impact on you. They had the ability to get to you.

An entry from Kurt’s journal.

But let’s talk about Kurt’s lyrics for a minute. I know he said they don’t mean anything and it’s useless to try and find any deeper meaning in them. He also said what’s most important to him while writing songs are melodies, and he writes lyrics just around them. Now I don’t know, I certainly don’t more about his own music than him, but his lyrics mean so much to me. They speak to me. According to his band mates he was even obsessed over writing lyrics and spent a long time during the process. He also would often rearrange and rewrite lines while recording them in studio. Also his journals reveal his love for writing and poetry. Trust me, if you ever get a chance, read his journals. And even when he was one of the biggest stars, self doubt hadn’t left him. He often writes about feeling worthless and about his depressive periods in his journals. I find Kurt’s lyrics very similar to Sylvia Plath’s poetry. They are both simple on the surface but possess really dark themes and deep meaning in them, if you listen carefully. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the band’s third and last studio album, “In Utero”, which contains some of Kurt’s most heartbreaking lyrics ever. What makes his lyrics so emotional is that there is no bridge between the words and the man. It is raw and exposes every part of Kurt out for display. He talks to you and you talk back to him, and the words stay with you forever.

Kurt’s suicide note.

Well, now I know that this story doesn’t have a happy ending. I know about his drug addiction, I know about the controversies, I know about his destructive relationship with Courtney Love, I know about his struggles with fame and the pain it caused him, and I know that he killed himself. But I don’t want to remember all that today, that’s just the shadow of the man I love, which he couldn’t avoid any longer. It had been hanging there with him for a long time and his time had come. No, I want to remember the man who defied the shadow, the man who brought light when the sun was gone. I want to remember the man who loved to drink strawberry milk. I want to remember the man who loved making sketches of Donald duck. I want to remember the man who spoke about the poor and damaged, the man who gave them a voice. I want to remember the man who was one of the first feminists and LGBT+ rights activists. I want to remember the beautiful man who sang like an angle, and tried to make a change. I want to remember the real Kurt Cobain.