Jul 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Also releasing a much-anticipated album are the Hard Lessons, one of D-Town’s favorite bands, who’ll be unleashing their ambitious B&G Sides to an adoring public this week, complete with an all-star record release party at the Crofoot Ballroom this Saturday night, July 26th.

The band is on the Metro Times‘ cover this week

but we thought we’d give you an early preview of that feature by breaking news (which will undoubtedly come as a stunner to some of the Hard Lessons’ fans): It looks like their drummer Christophe Zajac-Denek (aka The Anvil) is planning to relocate to the West Coast by the end of this year. Everything is still in the planning stages at the moment — and Zajac-Denek will indeed be playing the Saturday night show, as well as other upcoming local gigs — but the Hard Lessons will be entering a new career phase in the near future.

Said Augie Viccochi, the Hard Lessons’ guitarist-lead vocalist, to MT: “"[Christophe] will be playing with us for the next several months, so nothing is immediate by any means. But it definitely will be a transitional time for us. Everything is totally amicable, of course, and we've all had a great time playing together. But Christophe's moving onto a new chapter in his life, although everything's still somewhat uncertain at the moment."

In the meantime, the guitarist and keyboardist-vocalist Korin Cox (aka Ko Ko Louise) — who have a wedding coming up in August — have already started writing and recording their next album with the Electric Six's Zach Shipps, who produced both Gasoline and the band's Wise Up! EP, behind the boards.

Read the full Hard Lessons story tomorrow morning in the hard copy of the paper or online.

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