Chris Itani - Vocals
Brian Gentile - Guitar / Vocals
Dave Smassanow - Bass
Mark Schmidt - Drums
The Hard Luck Souls are a hard rock band with blues roots from New York's Capital Region. Guitarist Brian Gentile and singer Chris Itani started making music together in 2015. After a few line-up changes, drummer Mark Schmidt and bassist Dave Smassanow filled out the group. In 2017, The Hard Luck Souls released their debut, a 7-song EP "Closer to the Flame", raising their profile in the regional music scene. After honing their sound through frequent live shows and picking up momentum, THLS released their sophomore record, the full-length "Believer" in July 2021. That summer, Mike Grosshandler (The Velmas and Above The Flood) joined the band bringing his guitar style to solidify The Hard Luck Souls' sound. As "Believer" gets spins on regional airwaves, more and more rock fans are taking notice of this up-and-coming quintet.
Our new album "Believer" is finally out in the wild, we are turning our focus on more writing and getting ready to start playing shows again. Good things ahead!
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