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Interview:
Detroit's Hard Lessons ready to launch the next 10 years
 

By GARY GRAFF
21st Century Media/Digital First Media, @GraffonMu

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Detroit's Hard Lessons are wrapping up their 10th anniversary year with their traditional Boxing Day concert, as well as a gift for fans -- some new music.

The husband-wife duo of Augie and Korin Louise Visocchi, with new drummer Steve Warstler, have recorded a new album, "Start What You Finish," for Ferndale-based Gangplank Records, and Augie Visocchi is confident longtime fans will like what they hear on the eight-song set

"Our natural evolution was regression," says Visocchi, noting that the new material -- including a cover of Iggy Pop's "I'm Bored," currently available for free download at Bandcamp.com -- is closer to 2005's "Gasoline" than to the more sophisticated adventures of 2009's "Arms Forest." "Wet got in a room and we stripped and down and said, 'What are we good at doing? What is the most natural thing for us to do? Let's just do what we do best.'

"It's been very liberating and feels so natural. There's a definite live feeling to the recording. For awhile there the recorded Hard Lessons and what we do live were both great but very different; now we're back to capturing what we do in a room. So our reinvention has been sort of a return to form for us this time around."

The Hard Lessons have filmed a video for the track "Sit and Argue" at Detroit's Heidelberg Project -- which has become particularly timely due to recent suspected arsons that have destroyed parts of the art installation. Visocchi is happy the group was able to preserve some of those sights visually and hopes that its intent is not misinterpreted.

"I hope it doesn't cast a negative shadow on the video," says Visocchi, who along with his wife works days at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills. "I hoping when the video comes out people see it as a celebration of the Heidelberg Project and a great look at it. We filmed it in September while it was still nice outside and the place looked great. It's really intended to be nothing but positive."

The Hard Lessons, Silent Lions, Sugar Baron, SEan Forbes, goLab and Blaire Alise & the Bombshells perform Thursday, Dec. 26, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

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