||Hostile Environment CD (2007) |
What is Hardcore? To five guys from the small state of Delaware, the word hardcore means the freedom to write music without limits and boundaries.
To express ideas & thoughts that transcends the barriers of mainstream pop culture. To emotionally connect to the listeners' mind and amplify their frustration, a segment of society that this world has forgotten! More than a decade ago, Hard Response came onto the scene with a style of hardcore that was original and unique. Taking influences from legendary bands like the Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror, and Leeway, the band forged their own sound; music that would grab the attention of hardcore fans and bring Hard Response to the forefront. Formed in 1989, the goal was simple: to play shows with bands they listened to. Little did they know, two years later they would record their first demo and be sharing stages with bands like Sick of it All, Killing Time, Sheer Terror, Leeway, Hatebreed, V.O.D, & Underdog. With this demo, Hard Response gained the attention of Too Damn Hype records and were chosen to be on the hardcore compilation "Philly Dust Krew", as well as, the groundbreaking compilation "East Coast Assault" featuring bands such as: Life of Agony, Merauder, Converge and Only Living Witness. Hard Response toured in support of these releases, playing shows with bands such as Madball, Downset, Cro-Mags, Life of Agony, and Clutch. With the success of the compilations and extensive touring, Hard Response not only had the interest of hardcore fans, but the industry as well. The European label, Gain Ground Records quickly signed the band and released their debut full-length, titled Single Bullet Theory. A European tour in support of the record, featuring hardcore bands 25 ta' Life and Next Step Up soon followed. Hard Response was well received by audiences, playing in front of crowds numbering from 500-2000 people.
After returning home to the U.S., the band was dealt a couple major setbacks: their bass player decided to leave the band for personal reasons and the death of a close friend and roadie crushed the band. Hard Response decided not to continue on. Fast forward to 2006, original members Anthony "Tone" Triano (Singer), Chris Caputo (Guitar), and Chris "Soup" Campbell (Bass) have reformed, adding new members James Pierce (Guitar Guitar) and Mike Hostler (Drums). As for the motivation behind the re-formation of Hard Response, singer Anthony Triano states, "!we realized that it was time for us to come back and write new songs and bring back a style that seems to be dead right now." This sparked Hard Response to start writing songs and playing shows. The band has written and recorded 9 new songs, titled "Hostile Environment"; music that they believe will bridge the gap between old and new fans and further their hardcore legacy.