According to Heart Out vocalist Peter Tanski, the four-piece’s new album is all about addiction — and clawing out from beneath it.
“That’s why the album’s called ‘The Thirst,’” Tanski said. “It’s about that undying hunger for a substance. Or it can be a person. It can be anything that you didn’t really see yourself being able to live without. It’s about breaking yourself free from it.”
Tanski and his band mates Eric Brocious (guitar), Zac Wilson (bass) and Joey Solimini (drums and drinks) dress their message on their full-length “The Thirst” with the trappings of ’80s hardcore punk; the vocalist said his band is full of harsh musical critics, so they set out to make something they’d want to hear instead of waiting for another band to do it.
“What we wanted to do was kind of put our own mark on the traditional hardcore punk sound,” Tanski said. “We wanted to keep it traditional without trying to sound like a carbon copy of every other ’80s hardcore punk band; something that kind of marries the traditional rock troupe with the faster, more thrashy punk of the early ’80s.”
Tanski’s focus on traditional rock comes from his musical inspiration: his father’s collection of Rolling Stones vinyl. From there, his songwriting sensibilities were influenced by bands like The Clash, The Ramones, The Misfits and thrash metal. That’s the strange brew Tanski and company were in business to craft; to accomplish that goal, the group of long-time musicians and friends enlisted fellow Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene veteran Cliff Evans of Scranton’s Rec Studio.
“That’s kind of the magic of this whole thing,” Caswell said. “A bunch of people who have either known each other or traveled in the same circles for such a long time and it was, like, fated to be. As if everything fell together seamlessly without much effort.”
“The Thirst” was recorded during an almost two-week recording marathon in the middle of the NEPA winter. Instrument players laid their tracks down in two day’s time, but an afflicted Tanski took over a week to finish his vocals due to illness. Despite the hardships, Heart Out and Evans persisted, creating a 10-track album that released June 9. Tanski, now 39, said this may be his last attempt at building a band that can viably tour — that doesn’t mean he’s ready to give up the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle completely though.
“It’s my last stab because, you know, I’m approaching 40 and I have a career outside of this, so if I can’t make a go of this it’s the final time. I’ll be satisfied knowing we have a record out there. But I don’t foresee us giving up on this band specifically; we’re all pretty happy with what we’re doing right now.”
Reach Gene Axton at 570-991-6121 or on Twitter @TLArts