Interview: The Hard Ground [Temple Bar Trad Fest]

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​

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!

Pat says​
​​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