Band: Hard Loss
Single: “In the Grey”
Release Date: 12/28/18
Words By: Chandler Poczciwinski
If you have been a fan of Hard Loss (St. Louis, Missouri) since they released their debut EP Never Better back in March of 2018, then you might have been intrigued at the new sound showcased in their recently released single “In The Grey”. This almost Beartooth-like sound is quite different compared to their Taking Back Sunday influenced first record. I was lucky enough to get the inside scoop from Tyler Kasch (lead vocals) of Hard Loss on how this new song came about and what mental health means to him.
First, if you haven't heard of Hard Loss then that is really your loss (sorry, I couldn’t help myself), but don’t worry because I am here to give you the whole story. When I asked how Hard Loss came together Tyler told me how everyone met through their local scene when they were all part of different bands. Then after partying and joking about starting a band, Hard Loss was born. Adding to the origin story of the group Tyler continued to say, “We’re all big Taking Back Sunday fans. We learned their songs and played a cover set before we ever wrote any original music. That was kind of the driving force behind everything, so I’d say they’re probably our biggest inspiration.” When I listen to Hard Losses’ debut EP I an definitely hear the heavy Taking Back Sunday influence, however, their newest release “In The Grey” has a sound all of its own.
This new single and accompanying music video is a side Hard Loss that we have not seen before. Full of heavy chugs, mental health awareness, and a proper breakdown, “In The Grey” is definitely going to spice up the upcoming Hard Loss shows. While HL could have just written a song about mental health awareness and just left it at that, they instead decided to do something different.
They took the personal mental health stories of five people and showcased them in the music video for “In The Grey”. The video actually starts off with these five people talking about their own struggles instead of just going straight into the song, proving how these five brave individuals are the true stars of the video, not Hard Loss. When I asked Tyler how this song came together, he told me, “The riff was something we had been sitting on since last February when we recorded our first EP. We knew it had potential but it was very different from the other songs we have written, so it went on the back burner. When we went to revisit it, I was going through some big changes in my life. I was in the process of quitting a band that I had spent the better part of a decade building, my wife was going through some health issues and through it all, I was doing my best to stay positive. It wasn’t always easy, but writing that song helped me keep my head on straight”.
I was also interested to hear how mental health personally influences Hard Loss and why they choose to write about it, to this he told me, “Physical health is always a hot topic with working out and dieting but I feel like mental health is often overlooked because it’s much easier to hide. I’m even guilty of it. I wanted to write a song that inspired others to always search for the silver lining. I’m always up for invoking positive thoughts. This was just another opportunity to do just that” I personally really connected with this idea of a positive mindset and a silver lining because it is something I try to incorporate into my everyday life. If you feel the same way then definitely make sure you listen to Hard Losses new single “In The Grey”, but if you do make sure you check out the music video as well because it really is exceptional.
With a fresh new single to start off 2019, Hard Loss has already made a big step forward this year. As to what fans can expect for the rest of the year, Tyler told me that due to the great response to “In The Grey” they now plan to build an EP off of it, then hopefully play some shows to support the release. I hope this new EP continues on the new sound that can be found in, “In the Grey”, but even if it doesn’t, this is going to be a huge year for Hard Loss. So, until next time, get off the charts and support local music.
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