Hard Times is Matt Aasen (guitar), Rob Elo (keyboards), Andrew Fraser (bass), and Jesse McNiell (Drums); musicians with a serious passion for rhythm. With backgrounds in jazz (Harvey Paris Quintet), Pop (Lovecoast), and progressive metal (The Body Politic), they seek to meld the aforementioned genres with the vibe of R&B and soul music in the hopes of creating a sound that is truly unique.
The band’s upcoming EP is a foray into the previously only electronically generated sound of quintuplet swing. While much of the music in the genre of experimental jazz fusion can alienate
audiences with free-time or atonal harmony, the goal of Hard Times is to create music that is pleasing to listen to; rhythmically complex and experimental, but presented with familiar chords and a tight groove that the listener can understand and enjoy.
Hard Times will be releasing their first EP in summer 2019, and will precede that release with a series of professionally filmed and recorded live performance videos