The Warm Hardies began in 2010 with a chance meeting thanks to a wrong address and an opening act’s last minute cancellation – Matt and Tamara shared the stage before even being introduced. They’ve been playing what they’ve dubbed “dignified melancholic folk/pop” together ever since; and what began as separate sets of Tamara’s warm, fuzzy sentiments and Matt’s cold, hard tunes merged together into the Warm Hardies. They launched their new partnership by opening for Hanson in September 2010 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, followed by a series of successful shows at venues such as Chop Suey and the Q-Café.
Their three song EP, Songs for Grownups, will be released in February of 2011, also featuring Samuel Anderson on cello, Colin Richey on drums, Corrie Strandjord on French horn, as well as Matt Bishop and Eric Anderson on vocals. In spring of 2011 the Warm Hardies will begin work on their first full length album.
Tamara Power-Drutis released a debut, self-titled album in December 2009, produced by national recording artist and award-winning songwriter Dennis Magee Fallon at the world famous London Bridge Studios in Seattle — the same studio that defined the Seattle sound of the 1990’s. This solo endeavor resulted in features in the Alternative and Indie front page of Windows Media Guide, station list on Pandora.com, and inclusion of her song “Black Rain” as the theme for the Ashley Michael Karitis documentary “Free World.” Tamara, a world traveler (including formative stops in Africa, Japan, Ireland, and South & Central America), is a product of the Evergreen State, having been raised in Eastern Washington and educated in Tacoma at Pacific Lutheran University. Her international experiences and background in both musical theatre and classical genres have given her inspiration and perspective that gives her songwriting a fresh take on her favorite songwriting subjects: boys, bedrooms, and big questions.
Matt Batey entered the Seattle music scene in 2006 with the release of his solo album “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” As a member of the band Conservative Dad, he went on to record a full length, self-titled LP with them in 2008 and a series of four EPs in 2009 to capture the bands blending and transition through rock, pop, and folk. Conservative Dad placed the focus on creating live performances and recorded sounds that are honest, expressive and fun.