By David Anthony
August 30, 2016
Following the release of its second album, A Thousand Surfaces, Hard Girls’ profile increased in small, meaningful ways. After backing Operation Ivy vocalist Jesse Michaels in Classics Of Love, A Thousand Surfaces proved the San Jose trio was just as powerful without a punk legend on the mic. The band would tour hard in support of the record, opening for the stacked package tour of Say Anything, Modern Baseball, and Cymbals Eat Guitars. In a rare move, the bands it was opening for began covering its songs, and Modern Baseball went as far as releasing its version of “The Quark” this summer.
While Hard Girls has yet to announce a new album, The A.V. Club is streaming a new song from the band, “Guadalupe On The Banks Of The Styx.” Built on guitarist-vocalist Mike Huguenor’s looping riff, the tension slowly builds, exploding open when he howls, “Hey, get it together.” Huguenor explians that the song was inspired by San Francisco’s tech boom spilling over into San Jose, and the negative effects that have been trickling down ever since.