East Nashville indie punks H.A.R.D. have released “Thank God There Are People Like Me”. It’s a twisted beast of a single; on the one hand a wrecked ode to getting in and out of trouble, on the other hand it’s candid self-reflection. Singer Thomas Sweat is at the most wry and self effacing that we’ve heard him, taking us with him “riding on a day old drunk”. Stealing beers, wrecking cars, ditching drugs, and a healthy dose of regret are in store and are backed throughout by relentless blur of guitars and woozy backing vocals.
“Thank God There Are People Like Me” is the first release since the June 2018 release of the band’s debut EP Have A Rad Day. The benefits of a packed touring schedule (including runs with The Weeks and dates with The Dirty Nil, Diarrhea Planet, and Microwave) are reflected in Sweat’s vocal delivery, that returns doubly self-assured and well worn in, as well as in the arrangement which is tighter than ever . Where Have A Rad Day wore its influences prominently on its sleeve, “Thank God There Are People Like Me” is the sound of H.A.R.D. finding their sound. A sound where southern rock, ragged indie and punk collide with the sounds of barrooms and back yards. Call it southern rock for punks, or indie for troublemakers, either way it’s theirs and it’s exciting.
The Have A Rad Day EP was a collection of good-time guitar riffs, wild vocals and featured a tasty support team of Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket/The Flaming Lips) on mixing and mastering duties, Jordan Smith (Diarrhea Planet) producing and co-writing, and Cyle Barnes (The Weeks) guesting on vocals. The record caught the attention of Alt Press, Baeble, Nashville Scene, New Noise + more.
H.A.R.D. are also excited to announce 18-dates supporting The Weeks on their upcoming Two Moons tour. Tix/Dates here.