Brothers & Sisters!
We just wrapped up three festivals in the midwest, one of which just happened to be the last Guided By Voices show evarrrrr. However, they made us promise to press on and continue giving YOU (the music fan) quality jammage to soundtrack your fall, winter, and beyond. So…
Take it away, Rod: “We present to you Down Off The Ceiling Vol. 2 (Missed Vol. 1? PURCHASE THAT HERE) a collection of 12 songs performed in the infancy of The Hard Lessons at Small’s Bar in Hamtramck. Gasp and the unbridled enthusiasm of some 20-somethings high of the excitement of seeing all of their Rock N Roll fantasies come to fruition. Sure, The Hard Lessons in 2014 are better than they’ve ever been, but there’s a certain beauty and charm to hearing Augie & Korin bounce off of the walls with nary a moment to tune or maintain a consistent tempo. This special era of the band in its youthful prime is never to be duplicated.” - Rod Serling
THIS IS ROCK N ROLL!
CHECK IT OUT!
BUY DOWN OFF THE CEILING VOL. 2!
MUSIC, BEERS, AND ANIMALS! OH MY!
We love playing Zoo Brew at the Detroit Zoo and we’re thrilled that the animals personally selected us to perform because they truly understand the intricacies of our Iggy Pop cover. This event is sold out, but if you have tickets make sure you stop by and holla at your boys and girl.
PHOTOS: JADE AMEY
Our summer tour concluded with an epic hometown show at the Magic Bag in Ferndale! Thanks to all of the fine folks who made it out to the shows around the midwest, our Toledo boys Silent Lions for tagging along, our amazing fans, and the photographers who documented the action! Aside from the above photos, you can access a full album of visual delights courtesy of one of our longtime partners Michael Spleet by visiting his website! Fish around and you’ll find shots of us dating back to 2005! Also, awesome people named Keila, Jade, and Ashley came to see us in 3 states and for that we are grateful.
**** FALL FESTIVALS ANNOUNCED ****
Friday, September 12
DIY STREET FAIR
We’ve been a part of this festival since its inception, not only performing as The Hard Lessons, but as members of Millions of Brazilians, The Barrettes, and Mood Elevator to name a few… ALWAYS a great time in Ferndale.
Saturday, September 13
MAIN EVENT ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL
With the addition of Steve Warstler on drums, we are officialy 1/3 Toledoan and we’re honored to be performing the inaugural year of this fest alongside the likes of, oh, Guided by Voices. OH-HI-O!
HUGE week for The Hard Lessons!
1) Tomorrow (Thursday 7/24) you can download a free MP3 from our archival live album from the folks over at Hip In Detroit!
2) Friday 7/25 we return to the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids to release said live album
3) Saturday 7/26 at 1:00 p.m. we perform LIVE on WDET for Ann Delisi’s Essential Music!
4) Saturday NIGHT we finally return to play a proper headliner for our hometown friends at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. This will be our last show of the summer!
Listen up! Listen in! Come on out! XOXOXO THL
Had a blast in Flint and Chicago… Our homies at the Flint Local 432 have been beyond rad to us since 2004 and our NEW homies at Quencher’s Saloon locked us in until after hours while we dried off from and insane (and insanely sweaty) set.
LAST SHOWS OF THE SUMMER:
Friday, July 25
GRAND RAPIDS @ Pyramid Scheme
Saturday, July 26
FERNDALE @ Magic Bag
Stay tuned for more information on these two shows… You’re not going to want to miss them for several reasons. xoxox
PSYCHED to return to the legendary Flint Local 432 on Friday, followed by our DEBUT at Quencher’s Saloon in Chicago!!! After taking some time off from both of these cities, we’re trying to show love by doubling down this year - show love back by REPRESENTING!! Silent Lions open both shows, so come on out to the Rock N Roll Circus!!
FRIDAY: Flint Local 432, Flint
SATURDAY: Quencher’s Saloon, Chicago
PS: Happy Father’s Day!