By Nicole LaChance
Despite the state’s hard times, one thing can still ring true: Michigan rocks. From The Stooges to Alice Cooper to The White Stripes, the Great Lakes State has been a breeding ground for generations of musicians. The Hard Lessons are the latest installment in Michigan’s rock n’ roll legacy.
The band, which was formed at MSU in 2003, is led by husband and wife duo Augie and Korin Visocchi, along with drummer Ryan Vandeberghe. The group is primarily rock, but their latest album, “Arms Forest,” is slightly more experimental. They are also known for their energetic live shows, which often include Augie climbing on speakers and diving into the crowd.
One great thing about The Hard Lessons is their vocals. The Visocchis share singing duties, with both musicians getting about equal time on each album. But the true magic is found in the group’s duets. Augie and Korin’s vocals complement each other perfectly, and one can hear the chemistry in their love songs.
The Hard Lessons have opened for such bands as Wolfmother and OK Go and have toured both the United States and Europe. The band preformed at Rothbury 2009 and was listed by Spin magazine as one of the top 10 artists to watch at the festival. Also, their song “Wedding Ring” was featured on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
If you want to check out the band, there are several songs you can try. Augie’s songs “See and Be Scene” and “Milk and Sugar” are great, while “Talk It Over” and “Come Back to Me” show off Korin’s voice. As far as duets go, “See You Again,” “Wedding Ring” and “Move to California” are all awesome picks.
Hear The Hard Lessons for yourself:
“See and Be Scene”
“Come Back To Me”