An organic off-shoot of legendary Austin, Texas roots-rockers THE GOURDS, THE HARD PANS feature Gourds frontman and songwriter Jimmy Smith, multi-instrumentalist Claude Bernard, longtime sound engineer, guitar-slinger Mark Creaney, and one of Austin’s most in-demand drummers, George Duron. With a home-grown, vintage feel, BUDGET CUTS is 12 tracks of garage rockers, freaky folkers, and slow burning anthems - a pure, raw collection of roots rock with that “to be continued” feel you get from your favorites. THE HARD PANS are the gritty, grubbier side of THE GOURDS’ indefinite “hiatus.” They have mapped out a musical journey to get them back on the road to catch up with the folks they left hanging. BUDGET CUTS is an official High Plains Films/MVD Entertainment release.
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“The The Hard Pans continue The Gourds highly-creative exploits with the same sense of the absurd and mixing of genres. They have a curiously addictive, unique sound and above all else, style and class…I like it. A lot” â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… (4/5 = Excellent) MAVERICK (UK)
“An offshoot of Austin Music Hall of Famers the Gourds, the Hard Pans are led by bassist Jimmy Smith and keyboard hoss Claude Bernard. If you know anything about either of these guys, you already know they’ll never be forced into any kind of George Strait lookalike contest, nor will they dumb it down so the Josh Abbott fans feel safe. Smith and Bernard augment the sound with former Gourds guitar tech Mark Creaney on lead guitar. Creaney acquits himself well on the first Hard Pans release, writing a handful of songs and handling his share of the vocal duties. In fact, several of Creaney’s songs come close to catching the old Gourds vibe, particularly “Dying Trying,” which seems like an attempt to explain how a band could be around 20 years and still be looking up at hacks who pander to a mainstream audience niche. Taking it one step further, Smith comments on the whole business of the business in his little ditty titled Mount Bullshit. There’s no gimmick here, no flashy outfits, no snappy stage jive, just some guys taking their lunch buckets and going to work, trying their best to not lose their souls.” Houston Press
“Not many Austin bands receive the praise that is so generously bestowed upon Jimmy Smith and Claude Bernard’s better known outfit, The Gourds and after twenty years on the road and a dozen albums, it is well earned. For fans of what Smith brought to The Gourds lyrically and what Bernard’s virtuoso playing did sonically, they are joined by long time friend and sound engineer Mark Creaney, whose prowess as a songwriter serves as a kind of distorted accomplice to Jimmy Smith’s indefinable persona. On BUDGET CUTS, The Hard Pans deliver an eclectic mix of odd and deranged songs, tied together only by each songwriter’s uncanny ability to outdo the other through atypical vocabulary and perverse subject matter.” The Deli Magazine
“A tremendous stand-alone offering for any fans of…busted-knuckle garage rock with a southern twang, memorable hooks, gritty guitar licks, and bar-beaten stories to spare.” Missoula Independent
“BUDGET CUTS is rich with the alt-country twang The Gourds became legendary for. This album feels distinctly more vintage, however approaching surf, rockabilly, New Orleans jazz, and garage with equal aplomb. Creaney lends a welcome touch of grit to the vocals and a 70s-inspired sound to the songwriting.” Do512blog.com
“Fun, boozy, not-to-serious stuff from soon to be poster kids for the Keep Ausitn Weird campaign.” Americana Music Show