HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
We wanted to come up with a name that had a good representation of what we are, which is a hard rock band that’s capable of dipping into any genre we want while maintaining an iconic “rock” sound. After tossing around a lot of ideas, we knew was wanted to go with two contrasting things. We landed on Hearts & Hand Grenades because we can be nice and elegant, then flip the table and deliver a punch to the jaw.
- WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?
Our first official gig as H&HG was at a local bar, and we packed the place. Full disclosure, to really draw an audience in the bar scenes of Buffalo you need to play cover songs. We performed a solid mix of our songs and covers and had a really fun time doing it. Buffalo bars are notorious for being loud, fun, and open late!
- WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
Our typical schedule is usually playing out either with this band or others every single weekend. Considering that current COVID pandemic, there has been nothing but downtime lately for gigging musicians. My last day off consisted of a lot of movies and hanging out at home. We are taking advantage of this lull to write some new music too!
- WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
I guess the only other object that is “on” me daily would be thumb rings. I have been wearing them since I was a kid and I still do today. It’s one of those things that I just feel “naked” without. If you ever see me out in public without them on it would be a rare occasion.
- WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN? A song I wish I could’ve written is ‘Blackout’ by MUSE. I’m a huge fan of theirs and that song has always resonated with me. It’s one of the most honest and true representations of the saying “don’t take life for granted”. I guess it just puts a lot of things into perspective for me all while being musically calming and serene
WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?
As a fan, I guess seeing those guys live has been a surreal fan moment every time, and I have seen them four times. I think they are great performers and they always deliver a phenomenal show.