1974, Nails Hide Metal
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
Doors 9:00PM / Show 10:00PM
This event is 21 and over
The Groundhawgs, who originally hail from Manchester, CT, were started by 4 high-school friends in 1987. Their combination of rock and roll, punk, and humor yielded their first release "Beggin' For a Beatin'" in 1988. They played locally, went to college, and released a 2nd album "Bare Wire" in 1989. In 1990, they were signed to a tiny label for about 5 minutes for the release of a beer can-shaped single for the song "Who's Gonna Buy the Beer Tonight?" (flipside--"Mama Never Baked Me A Blueberry Pie"). They continued with a series of enthusiastic live shows, finished with college and decided it was time to take music to the next level.
The Groundhawgs moved to Rhode Island in 1991 to join the thriving alternative rock scene of Providence/Boston and become rock stars. Their bass player changed from time to time but Mike O'Rourke (drums/vocals), Bill Cole (guitar/vocals), and Ray Memery (guitar/vocals) remained a constant. Their music became more melodic with their 3rd full-length release "Bite Back on the Bile" in 1992. The Hawgs played constantly throughout New England, gaining a few fans and honing their songwriting skills. They released "Glitter" in 1993, which yielded the song "Whiskey Daisy". This song received local radio airplay and became a staple of their ever-increasing live shows as alternative rock became the music of the time thanks to Nirvana/Pearl Jam. The Hawgs basically stopped in 1995, but the members continued playing music non-stop in other projects.
In 2011, Mike, Bill, and Ray reunited to record a song for a compilation CD and decided to start playing again as The Groundhawgs. The Hawgs then recorded their CD "Warbirds" in Ray's basement, enlisted the talented Mike Wynn to play bass and picked up where they left off! 2012's "Warbirds" has received great reviews and their live shows are as exciting as ever!
With the release of their debut album, 1974 & The Battle For The Lazer Fortress, the band 1974 made the jump from an unknown local CT band into the public eye. Their release was a full-length sci-fi concept epic, which the Hartford Courant calls "an ambitious effort, in concept and musicianship...an accomplished album from a young band worth watching." Citing influences such as Yes, The Beatles, Rush, and Jethro Tull, there's no hiding the fact that the band's sound is what the Hartford Advocate refers as "unashamed early prog worship." Though the band takes its time crafting complex time signatures and punchy guitar riffs, the music is sweetened by layers of catchy melodies that evoke modern influences such as Coheed and Cambria, Death Cab for Cutie, and The New Pornographers. The interwoven rock and pop facets created a recipe which propelled Lazer Fortress into CT.com's list of 2011's top 15 albums and earned the band the title of "Best New Band" in the Advocate's Grand Band Slam 2012.
The lineup consists of the lanky Mike Forgette on guitar, the pony-tailed Tim Moore on drums, the huggable Gary Dionne on bass, the pensive Adam Clymer on guitar, and cat-lady Angela Rhea-Piccoli on keys. They are no strangers to work ethic; the members have exclusively written, recorded, produced, and mixed all of their own music up until now. Tireless in their pursuit of realizing their collective visions, the band remains a close-knit group of eccentric friends. On stage, this seemingly mismatched combination of personalities melds into an energetic spectacle that is as organic as it is mesmerizing. One can not write space odysseys without a sense of humor, and watching 1974 perform live is a great opportunity to see that quirky-comedic interplay and improvisational nature of the band.
Armed with a back catalogue of unreleased songs and a vision for the next concept CD, 1974 is a band that never rests. With a desire to grow as writers and performers, the group is always working on a newer, bigger project.
Nails Hide Metal
“Rock won't eliminate your problems, but it will let you sort of dance all over them.” - Pete Townshend
“I just do what I do. I like to make music.” - Neil Young
After discussing the music that they listened to and loved, MeLinda Dalton and Russ Quinn got together to write and play. The chemistry was perfect to develop the songs that came out of the union in 2009. In 2010, they recorded a six song EP titled ‘Ghost’ under the name The Ninas. In 2011, they recorded their second EP ‘Where Are We Now’ and changed their name to NAILS HIDE METAL (a line from their song ‘Matter’). A third is in production and close to release.
While the two recorded and produced ‘Where Are We Now’, an atmosphere of musical experimentation began to take place and their sound emerged.
The duo can be described as Indie Rock but influences heard go further. Rock… Alternative… Country… Singer/Songwriter … Pub and Punk Rock …
NAILS HIDE METAL can be heard on a variety of radio stations including WPKN, WPLR and WESU.
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NAILS HIDE METAL:
Russ Quinn – guitars, bass and “other” instruments, vocals
MeLinda Lidia Dalton – drums, percussion and “other” instruments, vocals
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