Interview: The Hard Ground
[Temple Bar Trad Fest]
The Hard Ground are supporting Marc O'Reilly on Jan 28th in St. Werbough's Church
1. Who are you?
The Hard Ground - a five piece baroque rock pop outfit from Cork. Band members are Pat Carey, Marlene Enright, Hugh Dillon, Mikey O'Connell & Davie Ryan
2. Where are you based?
The Rebel County!
3. What achievements do you want me to know about?
Our debut album, Broken Conversations, featured in the Top Ten Irish Albums of 2012. One of our recent videos, Deep in Green, was named best video of 2014 by Musician.ie
4. What are you up to now?
Right now?! At work! Now, generally speaking, we're getting all of our ducks in a row for the upcoming Triptych: 3 EP release. We've just finished recording and we're rehearsing for our bigger and bolder live set for the album tour.
We're releasing the album independently too so there's a LOT of admin and organising to be done at the moment (sounds fun doesn't it?!)
5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?
The fact that we have two main vocalists with very different voices is something that people associate with us. Also the fact that we're releasing our second album Triptych in 3 parts over 12 months is a little bit different!
6. What is the best song ever written?
Marlene Says! - Lover you Should have Come Over by Jeff Buckley or Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen or the 10 others that I can't choose from currently!
Down There By The Train by Tom Waits or Given To Fly by Pearl Jam.
7. What's the best album ever made?
Marlene says - I love the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I also love most Leonard Cohen albums, maybe Field Commander Cohen.
Pat says - I change my mind all the time! I'm a massive fan of Anais Mitchells Hadestown though.
8. What are your future plans?
For now, we're working hard on getting Triptcyh to the final stages of mixing and mastering. We'll tour it from April on and have a few things up our sleeves for the summer months! After that, more touring, more songs, and world domination.
9. Where can I spend money on you or your product?
iTunes, Bandcamp, all the usual digital retailers! Our new album, Triptych, will be available from a select few stores around Ireland.
You can also come along to any of our gigs - all details will be on our website - www.thehardground.com