No doubt about it: life is hard. Fortunately, some things are better when they’re hard.
For Detroit rock‘n’roll outfit the Paybacks, things are best when they're Harder and Harder.
It’s with this philosophy that Detroit’s Defenders of the Rock return with their wryly titled sophomore album, Harder and Harder. Brimming with the pummeling riff rock, buoyant, revealing pop, and three-chord punk pounders that defined the band's heralded debut Knock Loud (2002), Harder proves that cutting your own path through the mediocrity of fad, fashion, creeping hipsterism, and music industry brainwashing is its own reward.
Love for love’s sake, sex for pleasure’s sake, self redemption and the repudiation of those who hunger for your failure: these are all themes, tales and truths that find their way onto Harder and Harder, delivered with the band’s trademark, hell-bent optimism.
The album features a guest appearance by founding guitarist and Paybacks patriarch Marco Delicato, who drops in for two tracks that he helped co-write: “Superider” and “Can You Drive." Calvin Cooke, Detroit guitar legend and one of the fathers of the “Sacred Steel” slide guitar style, likewise joins the band for a blues-by-the-way-of-punk number called “Jumpy." Engineer and co-producer extraordinaire John Smerek of Detroit’s famed White Room Studios ties the whole thing together in one magnificent, loud, unruly platter.
It’s been a long wait, but it can’t be contained any longer. Harder and Harder” is fixin’ to bust out!
released July 30, 2004
THE PAYBACKS are
Wendy Case: Vocals, guitars
Danny Methric: Guitar
John Szymanski: Bass
Mike Latulippe: Drums
The Paybacks are joined on this album by Detroit guitar greats Marco Delicato who plays lead guitar on tracks 5 & 10 and Calvin Cooke, who plays pedal steel on track 9
All other guitar is played by Danny "Muggs" Methric
Backing vocals: the boys
Recorded by John Smerek at the White Room in Detroit
All tracks mixed and produced by John Smerek and the Paybacks
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC
Cover photo by Chuck Burns
Design by Michelle Potter and the Paybacks
Logo design by Tom Deja for Bossman Graphics
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My new favorite band! These guys (and gal) are phenomenal. I just saw they live for first time (Alex's Bar-Long Beach) and they blew me away. Haven't seen a band with this much stage presence and energy in a long time.