The Hard Ground
The Hard Ground are Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Davie 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 four piece always pack an emotional punch.
In early 2014, The Hard Ground reached their target in a Fund:It campaign to assist with the recording of their second album:
Triptych: 1 was released in May 2014 with Triptych: 2 following in September 2014. Triptych: 3 and the full physical album came out on the 10th of April 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 was influenced by the band’s experiences over the duration of the year. Ultimately it gave the audience a much more intimate view of the creation of the album as a whole, in varying stages of the process.
“…knowing that this EP is just the first of a trilogy has left us longing for the next chapter.” – Triptych:1, Goldenplec
“What is most impressive about this approach […] is how perfectly the feel of it blends with the previous instalment. This is in no small part due to several unique characteristics indigenous to The Hard Ground’s sound”, 10/10, Triptych: 2 – The Last MixedTape
“Pucker, a song from the final EP, is a beaut; with Marlene Enright’s vocal dominating a track that uses low tempo drums, bass, synthesizers and guitars to supportive and lilting effect.” – Nialler 9
“With each new release, The Hard Ground move that bit closer to the world of the Irish music elite and will certainly have earned their place alongside them.” – GoldenPlec
“Nothing less than sensational” – ForksterRocks.net
“Simply Enthralling….a stellar release” – The Last Mixed Tape