EMQ’s with HEARTS & HAND GRENADES
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, New York based Hard Rock band, Hearts & Hand Grenades. Huge thanks to bassist/lead vocalist Stephanie Wlosinski for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Stephanie Wlosinski, and I am the lead vocalist and bass player. This band is a combination of four musicians that have been gigging in the Buffalo music scene for a long time. We have all collectively played in the cover music scene in different bands over the years and came together as Hearts & Hand Grenades to dive into the original music scene a little over a year ago.
How did you come up with your band name?
We were trying to come up with something that captured our image as well as our attitude. So, we finally settled on Hearts & Hand Grenades because we can be all snuggly and cute but can turn right around and pack one hell of a punch!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are all from Buffalo, NY in the USA. The Metal/Rock scene has more of an underground following here. Buffalo is very heavy into the cover music scene so it’s a little more difficult to get the opportunity to play the hard stuff. But when we do, it’s always worth the wait. You get more dedicated fans that are truly fans of rock.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We recently released our first single, ‘Nothing Left’, off of our upcoming album, “Turning To Ashes”, which comes out January 8, 2021. ‘Nothing Left’ is a hard rock song that screams of ending toxic relationships and getting rid of the people that aren’t worth your time! You can check out the video on our YouTube channel or website.
Nothing Left (Official Video)
The In Crowd (Official Video) NEW SINGLE
Who have been your greatest influences?
I think we all have different influences and that has played a big role in what we all bring to the table. For me, I find a lot of inspiration from MUSE. They’re a band that has accomplished so much and has managed to be successful across multiple genres of rock. And they put on one hell of a live show!
What first got you into music?
I’ve always been into music and I always loved bass. It’s what I notice first when I listen to any song. In elementary school I was probably the smallest kid in my class. In 4th grade we are asked what instrument we would like to learn, and naturally I said bass. So that meant the standup bass in the orchestra. The instructor basically laughed and said choose a different instrument. So, I chose cello. I again got laughed at (because I was far too small to hold either one of those) and he handed me a violin instead. I held onto that disappointment until I was in college and could afford to buy my first bass guitar. I never looked back since then.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Of course, my first choice would be MUSE because they have brought a lot of inspiration and enjoyment for me. Playing on one of their tours is definitely a life goal at this point.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I think for any rock fan Wacken is something you want to do once before you die! Lollapalooza always seems like such a diverse blend of artists that I would definitely like to be involved with that as well.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I haven’t received any gifts from fans yet, unless my mom counts? Ha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Support your local original music scene! It’s hard enough as a band to get your music out there for the world to hear so when you get the chance to check out something new, please do it! You guys are what makes playing music special so thank you for supporting us!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s a tough question. I think Freddie Mercury was taken way too soon. He had a lot left to give to the music world, I’d have to say him.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I absolutely love performing live. All of the hard work happens behind the scenes when you’re wracking your brain for the right riff, or the right lyrics and melody. But when it all comes together you get that perfect moment on stage where we all sync up and feel the energy. It makes all of the hard work worth it. I absolutely hate setup and teardown. I need to get me a crew!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would definitely change the stigma around hard rock and metal music in the US. It always seems like pop and rap have held on to the spotlight and rock is just slightly in their shadow. And believe me, I can get down to that stuff too but I’m just a little partial to rock!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
My favourite album is “Absolution” from MUSE. Every track on there has hit me to the core. I just love it. It’s one of those albums where there are no duds.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’m a sucker for CD’s actually. I have a ton of them, and I still buy them. It’s kind of depressing that more and more vehicles don’t even come with them anymore. One of my favourite things is to just blast a cd in my car when I’m driving by myself. It’s a way of relaxing and meditating almost. That’s my happy place.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The coolest gig I’ve played was in Buffalo at a place called The Town Ballroom. It’s a venue that typically houses national acts and the room is like a giant bowl with three levels. We played a large event hosted by a local radio station, and the energy there was awesome. Halfway through our set, the lights flipped up to the crowd and the place was mobbed. It just got the adrenaline pumping and gives you this intoxicating feeling. I knew right then that this was what I was meant for. Give me a stage and a song and let’s go!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d like to think that I would be a rocket scientist or a genius doctor or something world-changing but if I weren’t a musician, I would probably still be sitting behind a desk somewhere.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I would definitely invite five fans and give them the most excellent dinner they’ve ever had as a thank you for supporting us! I feel like that’s the least I could do!
What’s next for the band?
We have two more singles coming out in 2020 leading up to our first album, Turning To Ashes, on January 8th, 2021. We are currently in talks about a 2021 tour to promote the new album and hope to have that setup by the end of December. So, stay tuned to our website and socials for more info on that!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We can also be found on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music
Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I think I would say cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Give us a like and a follow on our socials and stay tuned for more info on our upcoming album, “Turning To Ashes”!
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