Terryville duo wins Battle of the Bands

Published on Sunday, 3 September 2017 22:26
Written by Kristen Gloss

Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH - The Battle of the Bands at Foxwoods has concluded with two local Terryville residents emerging victorious.

“We were really excited to get the opportunity. In the first two rounds, we played against really good bands, so to get to the finale was really exciting. In the final five, they were great acts. Our fans came out and showed their support,” said Andrew Hard, the base and guitar player.

The Noble Impoverished, an Indie rock and roll group, competed throughout the summer against 20 other bands through three rounds before coming out on top at the finale on Aug. 26. More than 500 people attended the event at the outdoor venue of Foxwoods casino. Food trucks catered to guests and the music was loud.

“It was very positive. You never know if you’re going to competitions what it’s going to be like or not. Everyone was very gracious and very positive,” Matthew Hard said. Matthew plays the drums and sings.

The band was picked out of 200 applicants to compete for the grand prize of $10,000. Five judges scored each band based on live performance, creativity, crowd participation and musicianship, that is the skill of each player on their instrument.

“I think we have a lot of energy when we play. Everything is just out there and we play our hearts out. That energy people like,” Matthew Hard said.

The two brothers started playing together back in 2001, when Andrew proposed they start a band. He would learn the guitar and Matthew would learn the drums, while one of their friends already played piano. The two brothers didn’t become The Noble Impoverished until about four years ago.

“We lost half the band at a show and then we were the two left, so we ended up just locking ourselves in our basement until we could figure out how to play with two people,” Andrew Hard said.

“That drive to create and play music to make people feel something. That’s our goal in music to impact someone emotionally. We play the music we like to hear. We play something that makes us feel something and hopefully that translates to other people as well,” Matthew Hard said.

For their future plans, right now they are booked to play at The Delancey, at 168 Delancey Street in Manhattan, at 9 p.m. this Friday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, General News, Plymouth on Sunday, 3 September 2017 22:26. Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2017 22:29.