The Hard Ground
The Hard Ground are Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Dave Duffy, Davy Ryan and Hugh Dillon. The band’s signature sound relies heavily on the interplay between the two contrasting main vocals which provide the foundation for what is musically brooding and brash, sassy and sentimental, where the gravel meets the glass. Alternating between contrasting styles, sometimes raw, sometimes layered, the five piece always pack an emotional punch.
The band recorded, produced and released their first album, Broken Conversations, in 2012 and have spent most of 2013 touring Ireland and the UK, cultivating a following at home and abroad. In late 2013 the band took 6 months out to write and rehearse for album number 2.
In early 2014, The Hard Ground reached their target in a Fund:It campaign to assist with the recording of their second album:
A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.
The album will be released in three stages beginning in April 2014. The three EP’s will be released exclusively on digital at first, before culminating in the digital and physical release of the full album in early 2015. The idea behind Triptych is a response to the challenges that the music industry faces right now for both musicians and the listener. The project is aimed at bridging the gap between listener and band, and, likewise, between band and industry. It is a real time project that will be influenced by the band’s experiences over the duration of the year. Ultimately it will give the audience a much more intimate view ofthe creation of the album as a whole, in varying stages of the process.
"Triptych: 2 is the suitably moodier and tonally sharper departure from its predecessor. Containing more defined edges and interwoven bursts of musicianship the E.P is able to exist in isolation as a stellar release in and of itself, while also as an integral part of a much bigger picture. The Hard Ground’s ability to pull off this difficult task without faltering under the weight of the ambitious “three E.P’s into one album concept” is impressive on every level.", Rating: 10/10, The Last Mixed Tape
"The scarcity of tracks did lead us to really focus on each one as an individual entity and knowing that this EP is just the first of a trilogy has left us longing for the next chapter." - Goldenplec, Triptych: 1 review