What is your name and what do you do in the band? Stephanie Wlosinski, Lead Vocals/Bass
Have any of you played in other bands? We all currently play in various other bands in the Buffalo area, mostly doing cover projects. Buffalo NY is very big on cover bands so to be a musician here is almost just a right of passage to find yourself doing that.
What are your names? / Who plays what? Stephanie Wlosinski – Lead Vocals/Bass. Mike Bress – Rhythm Guitar/Keys. Kenny Blesy – Lead Guitar. Tom Lafferty – Drums
Where are you from? Buffalo, NY
What year did the band form? 2019
What's your style of genre? Hard Rock
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are always open to working with an agency if it’s the right fit. Its difficult sometimes to do all of your own booking and often times a good agent can get a band into places they would otherwise never have the opportunity to play.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Mike has really been the driving force for coming up with the music for most of these songs, and I have written all of the lyrics. The process is usually Mike has an idea for a song and he and I will work together until we get the Guitar and Bass parts worked together. After that its Kenny on some savage lead guitar parts and we bring it all together with the Lyrics and drums after that.
Do you compose in a certain environment? I’ve always done my best writing either when I’m driving or when I’m in the shower. As cliché as that sounds, I’ve come up with quite a few of my lyrics in those environments.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? With one album coming out in the Winter, we are mainly playing that set right now, but we are constantly working on new material. Whenever possible, we will change up the song order and throw some new stuff in to make sure that each show is a different experience and fresh for our audience.
Where can people buy your merchandise? Any merch that we have available can be found on our website. We are currently working on creating new items as we look forward to our official album release on January 8th.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I think it’s just the way the industry has turned at this point. The digital platform has become so readily accessible to people that it’s only natural to think of that as your first method of listening to music. Personally though, I love CD’s. I still find the sleeve inserts to be a very collectible item and really enjoy album artwork.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? I think the digital world has made things move a lot faster than they used to. Now, it’s all about instant gratification of hearing that particular band and that particular song immediately. There is a nostalgia that comes with playing an actual record or skipping through tracks on a CD to find something specific. You just don’t see it too often anymore. Your number of streams seems to determine a band’s popularity over most other things these days.
What do you think of my work? I think anyone that is promoting bands and helping them to get their name and music out there to the world is awesome! Your role is very important for building the foundation that bands need to become and to remain successful.
Do you have any role models or idols? I’m a big fan of MUSE. Those guys have made a major name for themselves and they did it playing their music, their way. Their a great rock band that can float between being heavy, or progressive, or alternative and its really refreshing to see a band that can be successful like that in multiple genres.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? We individually draw inspiration as band from multiple eras of music. We are all fans of music from AC/DC and Judas Priest, right through to bands like Avatar and In This Moment. I think our different styles mesh very well, and that combination is what has formed Hearts & Hand Grenades into our sound today.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Currently, it’s been a struggle to play shows during the pandemic considering all of the restrictions and closures for music venues. We (and plenty of other bands) are patiently waiting to get back out there and to play live shows again. While we wait though, we are always working on new music and ways to better ourselves as performers so our plan is to emerge from this with a ferocious energy and just ready to rock!
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Don’t ever give up on creating your own style of music. The reality of the music scene is that there isn’t any one genre that you need to fit into. Just do your own thing. It not so much about sounding like other bands as it is to make yourself stand apart from them.
Do you have any new material? We are releasing our first album, Turning To Ashes, on January 8th 2021 with Eclipse Records. We also are continuing to work on new material which will inevitably make its way into a second album following that release.
What are your web sites? www.heartsandhandgrenades.com