Interview: Hearts & Hand Grenades

We chat to Buffalo, New York rock band Hearts & Hand Grenades about their new music, influences and the medical benefits of head banging.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2020 treating you so far?
2020 has been amazing for the band so far. We’ve been treated well by media publications which have aided in us getting our music out there into the world. We are extremely happy with the response the fans have had with our music so far and we are going to start working on our next full-length album in the second half of this year.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
We have not released anything up to this point this year yet. We had just released our second EP Nothing Left at the end of the 2019 and we are still riding the waves. The EP has had great response since the release and has grabbed the attention of a lot of hard rock listeners everywhere.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Yes! We are currently in the mixing stages of our third EP Adrenaline and is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2020. The EP will consist of four new tracks all of which are on the heavier side. Some may even say it is borderline metal music. We have focused on the powerhouse vocals of Stephanie Wlosinski in this EP and brought the heavy artillery in the music to back her up.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Currently, we do not have a tour planned as of yet. We are discussing the logistics of making this happen soon and we will certainly announce said tour as soon as we have it locked down. Honestly, we are looking forward to coming to the UK to play our music live. A big portion of our fan base is across the pond and we’d love to tour there.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
I think our music has influences dating back to the early ’80s all the way up through today. Bands like AC/DC, Metallica, and Judas Priest laid down the footprint. The raw power of System of a Down, Korn, and Avatar are in there as well as Halestorm and Flyleaf. In a general sense, just seeing a crowd of people digging your music is why we do this. If you head bang, they will come!

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
A couple years back we attended the Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina. There were at least five stages and a different national/international band on every hour. One band stood out to us from the whole weekend. It was Avatar. These guys had one of the worst time slots you could get at the event but they absolutely killed it. They have an incredible stage show and some real powerhouse songs, and we try to get out to see them whenever possible. I would highly recommend them.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Our music is very diverse in that we have a feel of hard rock, metal, alternative, and even a punk type music across all of the songs. Most of the music we create is focused around the hard rock genre though. Our live shows are where we thrive. We do put on a memorable stage show and keep the crowd interacted as much as possible. The fans can expect to be well entertained. Caution, too much headbanging and fist pumping may lead to a better way of life.

Any last words for the fans?
Thank you to everyone for all the love and support from around the world. You can pick up both of the EPs that have been release already. Wait and Nothing Left. The third EP will drop 1 May. Be sure to grab that one as well. We are on every digital streaming service available. Our music can also be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc. Keep on listening fellow Grenaders, and hopefully we will see you on the live stage very soon.