On the night of the Cambridge stop of their tour with Jeff Rosenstock, LIKEYOUSAID had the great pleasure of sitting down with Mike Huguenor and Morgan Herrell of Hard Girls.
Having cut their teeth in the bustling Bay Area punk scene, Hard Girls are no slouches. These guys juggle more projects than a grad student with a triple major. Veterans of indie punk outfits Shinobu and Pteradon, they’re also three quarters of Classics of Love, a ska punk band fronted by Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy. Throw in their solo careers, plus the fact that Huguenor pulls double duty every night as the lead guitarist for Jeff Rosenstock, and there’s no denying that these guys have grit. As it turns out, they’ve also got a lot of heart, a lot of laughs, and a whole lot of love for Paulie Shore.
This is Mike from LIKEYOUSAID. For our readers at home, can you tell us your names and what you do in the band?
MIKE: My name is Mike, I play guitar and sing about half the songs.
MORGAN: I’m Morgan, I play bass and sing the other half.
So you’re on tour with Jeff Rosenstock, who I know you go way back with. Do you find it’s a different experience when you hit the road with people you’re closer with?
MIKE: We’re most of the time on tour with friends, we’ve done really only like, maybe two tours where we didn’t know everybody pretty well. But at this point most of the people from those tours have become friends too, so it’s pretty much become a process of just seeing, colleagues almost.
MORGAN: We usually make friends with most of the people that we play with.
So the election was a just took place, you guys were in Iowa. Did you have a chance to watch any of the coverage?
MORGAN: Yeah, we did.
MIKE: We played a little bar, and it was on the TV the whole time [during the show].
What was that like?
MORGAN: Very strange and depressing.
MIKE: It’s incredibly surreal and depressing. It feels like dystopia, essentially. I really don’t understand how anyone believes a word that Trump says. He has consistently lied and taken advantage of everyone he’s worked with, constantly. His own ghostwriter of his autobiography called him a sociopath. So I don’t get it, to be honest.
You guys have always had a little bit of a personal bent with your lyrics. Do you see yourselves getting a little bit more political now since this has happened?
MIKE: I mean, it all just depends on where you are at the time with your writing. Some of the newer songs have social messages, but I try not to become too overtly political, musically, because I think that’s somewhat limiting. And I think you can always state your political point of view when you speak to people directly on stage. But yeah, I mean, a little bit here and there, sure.
MORGAN: I don’t want to try to force it into a lyric if it doesn’t sound good.
You guys played Riot Fest this past summer, what was that like?
MIKE: It was interesting. It was definitely the biggest thing we’ve ever done, I think.
MORGAN: Yeah, we played the last day and were there for the first two days. Did a couple interviews and hung out and watched bands, which was cool.
MIKE: Yeah, it was good, I think the set went well. I had a fun time, everyone treated us really nice. But it was strange. I don’t go to many big festivals, so it was an odd experience.
MORGAN: Very well run, though, and all the staff are super on top of it and super nice.
Did you guys get to meet Danzig or Morrissey?