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The Hard Lessons


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Augie Visocchi:
Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Fuzz Bass, Mandolin, Piano,
Kazoo, Percussion, Vacuum

Korin Louise Visocchi:
Vocals, Piano, Synthesizers, Hammond Organ Bass,
Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Cornet, Percussion


“They’re pulling me down off the ceiling!” shout newlyweds Augie and Korin Louise Visocchi of The Hard Lessons as the title track of their new album Arms Forest draws to its close. This seemingly innocuous statement is actually a telling appraisal of the couple’s (and the band’s) speedy rise from the Motor City’s local garage brats to internationally-touring indie darlings.

“We formed the band in my dorm room at Michigan State University, barely out of our teens,” explains Augie. “We recorded six songs on my four-track, recruited a drummer, won some cash in a battle of the bands, self-released a 45, and went on tour - all in the first six months!”

Indeed it was that unanchored drive, coupled with word-of-mouth stories of the band’s dangerous and sexy live shows that quickly transformed The Hard Lessons into one of the most buzzed about bands in the Midwest. Korin and Augie soon found themselves on the covers of rags all across their home state, as both Lansing and Detroit clamored to claim them as their own. They received invitations to open huge shows for Wolfmother and The Stooges, while simultaneously packing tiny clubs alongside Modey Lemon and Ghostland Observatory. Plans for the two to become high school teachers were put on hold, and an endless tour began.


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