Hit The Ground Running Faces a Long Summer


Pop rockers Hit The Ground Running have their brand new EP under their belts and have made a name for themselves in the great Cleveland area. If that's not enough they've had the chance to share the stage with playing shows and touring alongside Nickelodeon's Drake Bell, Bowling For Soup, Hit The Lights, and The Dangerous Summer, among others, HTGR is known for their energetic live performance - the band aims to leave any audience asking for more. They took the time to discuss this EP and plans ahead.


1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Made up of Nick Nord (vocals/guitar), Anthony Lauletta (guitar), Justin Gamble (bass), and Greg Boaz (drums), Hit the Ground Running have quickly made a name for themselves in the greater Cleveland area. Having had the pleasure to share the stage with such acts as Nickelodeon's Drake Bell, Bowling For Soup, Hit The Lights, and The Dangerous Summer, among others, HTGR is known for their energetic live performance - the band aims to leave any audience asking for more. The group's unique Pop/Rock blend is clearly showcased in their brand new single "Falling Apart," which was recently debuted by Bryan Stars Interviews. Their upcoming EP "A Long Summer In Ohio" is out NOW on In-Demand Records!

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

After going back and forth on tons of ideas, we stuck Hit the Ground Running because it fit the excitement we strive to portray in our songs.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Based out of Northeast Ohio, USA the band is one of a kind as far as their sound goes. We would definitely recommend local favorites, Envoi, Lakota De Kai, and We Were Kids.

4. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Our lyrics tend to represent where we are in life right now. We’re young and growing and loving life. Our lyrics spread a fun, and positive message.


5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Yellowcard, Relient K, among others.

6. Is there any story or concept behind the "A Long Summer In Ohio" title?

The title comes from a line in the song “Firefly.” That song is one that sets the mood for the EP, and is a definitely a good representation of our band’s overall sound.

7. Who produced "A Long Summer In Ohio" and what was it like working with them?

We worked with producer John Burke (Modern Day Escape, Envoi) at Vibe Studios on the record. Our goal with this EP was a unique, polished, and larger than life sound, and John helped us to achieve that.

8. Why did you want a debut EP as opposed to a debut album?

This is just a taste! A full-length will definitely be in the works.

9. Will you be shooting a video for any of the songs off "A Long Summer In Ohio"?

More details on that coming soon!

10. What are your upcoming touring/show plans?

A short East Coast tour this summer, but look for us all over the East Coast in the upcoming year.

11. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can download our EP on iTunes here: bit.ly/HTGRsummer
You can also stream our EP on Spotify: bit.ly/HTGRspotify

12. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We don’t want a listener to just remember our songs, we want them to be stuck in their head for days on end!

13. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

We all attend college, so touring full-time isn't a possibility as much as we’d love for it to be… But you can expect us to be increasing our tour schedule starting this year.

14. Any final words of wisdom?

Be sure to connect with us on Twitter/Instagram (@OfficialHTGR)! and Facebook (Facebook.com/hitthegroundrunningmusic). We will always be a band that loves to connect with their fans. 

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