I had the opportunity to chat with the Bay Area trio before their set for a rowdy crowd at New York City’s Irving Plaza. Smshng Hrts (pronounced Smashing Hearts) is currently on tour with Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace, as the iconic Canadian rock band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakout album Clumsy.

Smshng Hrts is comprised of Dylan on vocals and guitar, his brother Jaden on bass and mutual friend Dylan on the drums. I also had the pleasure of meeting the band’s live photographer and friend Jair who is an artist and designer.

The band is currently undergoing a reinvention with a change in the lineup, their sound can be described as a mixture of rock and funk, taking inspiration from N.E.R.D to Nirvana. The leaner and meaner trio is ready to conquer every stage they hit and taking every opportunity to bring their music to a wider audience.

This band learned the importance of having a strong work ethic, while attending the prestigious Oakland School for the Arts. The three focused on music performance and vocalist/guitarist Dylan tells me in addition to regular school work all students have extensive music conservatory style practice schedule. The band spoke of the benefits of attending a specialized high school and being exposed to different music, it was a delight to hear the wide range musicians they studied in high school and even about their current tour van playlist. This included artists such as Gucci Mane to more eclectic genres of music like Cambodian Funk Rock.
Their work ethic and passion was illustrated on stage as they performed a killer set later that night with even passionate rendition of the hit Deftones Change (In The House of Flies).

As we talked Dylan, Jaden and Martin spoke of how this tour happened and that it was Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida’s wife singer Chantal Kreviazuk saw the immense potential of this group and pushed for the band to get an opportunity to get on tour.

The band is still adjusting to life on the road as they just started the US tour and it is still sinking in that they are touring with Our Lady Peace. This is a band they grew up listening to and looked to as role models. I can say with great enthusiasm that Smshng Hrts are a must see band and this is only the beginning for them.

The Bay Area trio is currently working on material for their upcoming album with a tentative release in Spring 2018.

Our Lady Peace and Smshng Hrts are currently on tour across the US tickets can be purchased here.

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