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Hearken and Birthday Boy

Hearken —
Formed from the ashes of Roulette Waves, Hearken is an indie grunge duo exploding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Combining the elements of punk, grunge, indie rock, and new wave sludge, Hearken has been able to fit in and play with bands from many different styles of music, all the while remaining a one of a kind, cohesive unit. Donny’s dynamic vocal melodies and wide range of tonalities shine through, allowing the band to write in multiple genres. After a year of playing together, they realized that the songs needed more than just two instruments, therefore Donny Donovan designed the backing-track, consisting of lead guitar, bass and synthesizer. Gregg Brunner recorded drums and accessory percussion on the album. Together they perform the songs live with the backing track, eliciting delicate and dramatic mood swings.

Hearken’s debut album "Help Me, I’m Alive " was created to express the need and awareness of self individuality. Many of the songs are focused on the battle between the lower and higher self. From the emotional pleading of helplessness, Hearken’s sound is a contained explosion of intuition and true nature. Donny’s 90s style vocals capture a nostalgia from before the digital age. The album is heavy, deep, and cathartic.

Donny and Gregg started strong on the scene, opening for some great bands including The Screaming Females, Camp Cope, Potty Mouth, Dream Wife and The Coathangers. They are about to embark on their first big tour and plan on continuing to tour forever as they hone their sound and live performance. They are constantly striving to get better and get their music into the ears of anyone willing to listen.

Birthday Boy —
Having originated in the hardcore scene, this four piece masterfully harmonizes raw, heavy-hitting riffs with addictive hooks that command the attention of their audience. Birthday Boy is a band that should be on everybody’s radar.

Earlier Event: May 3
Devorah Lissek