“Bass lines as heavy as an old woman’s thigh in a jacuzzi,” an inspired radio host once wrote about their music. I present, the Harts Industry. This Burgundy-based emerging stoner rock band sounds like smoke-filled air and ash-stained clothes. Infused with heavy bass and guitar, mindblowing drums and rugged high-pitched vocals, the Harts Industry play honestly but still are on a quest for identity.
The members may have played together on and off for years, the band itself is still young. Formally started in late 2014, it is made up of four musicians. Marien is the lead singer and guitarist, Pascal is the second guitarist, Kevin the bassist and Sullivan the drummer. All in their mid-twenties except for the 19-year-old drummer, they have known each other for a long time. Some of them are childhood friends. They have grown up in the same region, in Burgundy but not too far from Paris. They spend their evenings together smoking, playing music, attending concerts, smoking again.
What they do may seem pretty obvious if you listen to their flagship track, the Mountain: they are a stoner rock band. This genre, born in the 1990s and pioneered by bands such as Kyuss and Sleep, is characterized by strong and heavy bass lines and melodic vocals that usually create a hypnotic atmosphere. The Harts Industry say they have been influenced by Queens of the Stone Age – definitely one of the champions of stoner rock – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or Royal Blood.
Truth is, their music has evolved a lot over the past few years. In early 2015, the four musicians released their first EP, “4:08 am.” Six dynamic tracks of rock and stoner influences. They took part in a nationwide contest called “Les Inouïs du Printemps de Bourges” and were selected among hundreds for the regional finals.
The Harts Industry have been touring the country for more than a year. It showed to many that the Harts Industry radiate a very distinctive and contagious energy on stage. Toulouse, Paris, Compiègne, or closer to home in Dijon. In between gigs, they took the time to rest, and write new music. 25-year-old videographer Irwin Barbé created the video clip for their song The Mountain (see below) with a rural scenery but a poetically directed video. Along the way, the Harts Industry might have started to figure out what makes them so unique.
From there, the Harts have a pretty good idea of what the next step will be. They are bracing for the release of a new EP, supposed to come out in early April. The few next months will be decisive but with every step they take, they are writing a new line on their progress sheet throughout the music scene. Rugged, honest, hypnotic. In the end, even devoid of logo, label, or gig, The Harts Industry will not stop resonating with dark and savage sounds, mired in mesmerizing melancholy.