Bob Hardy Jul 27, 2009 3:12:42 GMT
Post by Rietveld on Jul 27, 2009 3:12:42 GMT
Bob Hardy (born Robert Byron Hardy, 16 August 1980, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England) is the bassist for the Glasgow based band, Franz Ferdinand.
Hardy grew up in Bradford, and attended Bradford Grammar School and gained a place in Bradford College's BTec foundation course of art and design in 1998 after representing his synaesthesia (through which he can see smells) in paint on canvas. He earned a place in the Glasgow School of Art in order to study painting. He completed his first year in 2000. Keen to sample all that Glasgow had to offer he visited the 13th Note where he met Alex Kapranos, now the frontman of Franz Ferdinand. There, he told a few vulgar "dead baby" jokes. Kapranos, insulted by the jokes, ended up talking to Hardy and learning that he needed a job and money. Kapranos then got Hardy a job with himself as a dessert chef.
Hardy enjoys receiving pretzels while on tour from fans. It is unconfirmed about whether or not he actually eats them, but he often encourages fans attending Franz Ferdinand shows to bring him pretzels. This encouragement can often be seen on the band's Kyte media player, a device Hardy frequently updates with videos of performances - particularly after the release of the band's third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
Hardy plays 1974 and 1978 Rickenbacker 4001s / Hagström / Fender Precision. He used to use an SWR Goliath bass cabinet but now uses an Ampeg SVT Pro head and Ampeg 8x10 cabs, and uses Ernie Ball strings - roundwounds, medium gauge. His plectrum is a custom .60 mm nylon/teflon amalgam.
Hardy is a prolific gamer and was a bass technique consultant with Harmonix Music Systems for the development of the game Rock Band