Leslie Hardy

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Leslie Hardy
Genres Punk, grunge
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboard, bass
Years active 1993-present
Associated acts Kill Sibyl, Hole, Juned, Love as Laughter, The Murder City Devils, Pigeon, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets

Leslie Hardy is an American musician who has played for a number of Seattle-based bands, but principally as organist for Murder City Devils. She was briefly bassist/backup singer for Hole in late 1992.


Leslie Hardy grew up in Metro Detroit, Michigan.[citation needed]

For a brief period in 1992, she was temporarily bassist and backup singer for Hole.[1] According to Rene Navarrette (a live-in friend of Hole frontwoman Courtney Love), the band moved her up from Los Angeles to Seattle, but her playing did not meet required standards. Her picture appears on the EP version of the single "Beautiful Son", but she does not (contrary to popular belief) play on any of the tracks, which were recorded after her departure.[2]

Seattle punk band Kill Sybil also used her as bassist, and when that broke up Hardy and that band's singer/guitarist Dale Balenseifen formed the all-female Juned with singer/guitarist Claudia Groom (of local band My Diva) and drummer Nalini Cheriel.[1][3]

Bassist Mike Johnson, then of Dinosaur Jr, was a fan of Juned. He produced and played on their first self-titled album in 1994,[3] and the band opened for Dinosaur Jr at a number of concerts. Hardy married Johnson in 1995, and contributed to two tracks on his 1996 solo record Year of Mondays,[4][5] but the marriage did not last.[6]

In 1998 she briefly played bass in Love as Laughter,[7] before joining garage-punk band The Murder City Devils as their keyboardist/organist. The band had released its second album Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts and needed a keyboard player for its tour.[8] Hardy became an integral part of MCD, contributing as a songwriter,[9] and with her organ playing a key factor in the band's sound. After two years of pain from carpal tunnel syndrome,[10][11] she received surgery on both wrists in mid-2001.[12] Continuing pain over the next two months, however, forced her to leave Murder City Devils; its European tour was cancelled and it subsequently broke up for a time.[13]

Hardy left Seattle and returned home to Detroit,[14] where she has worked as a real estate agent[15] and played in local band Pigeon.[16][17] She joined Matt Skiba and the Sekrets as keyboardist for their 2012 tour; Skiba (of Alkaline Trio) did not know her previously, but invited her to play because he was a "huge Murder City Devils fan".[18]

Since her return to Detroit, Hardy has played at a number of Murder City Devils reunion concerts,[15] and appears on one track of their 2014 album The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again. The lack of Hardy's organ sound was noted in a review by The A.V. Club, which described it as "the most disappointing aspect" of that album.[10]


  1. ^ a b West, Phil (1994-03-25). "'Juned' Marries Styles For Successful Sound". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  2. ^ True, Everett (2006). NIRVANA: The True Story. Omnibus Press. pp. 415, 457, 459, 469. ISBN 978-1-84449-640-2. 
  3. ^ a b Rose, Cynthia (1995-08-10). "Juned: A Talented Band Of Refugees". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  4. ^ VanderZanden, Vanessa (1996-04-01). "Dinosaur Jr. member fine tunes solo career". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  5. ^ Kiser, Amy (1996-07-11). "Dinosaur Johnson". Westword. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  6. ^ Martin, Richard (1998-09-01). "Mike Johnson: I Feel Alright". CMJ New Music (61): 51. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Chris (1998-06-15). "Love As Laughter Take American Rock Seriously". MTV.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  8. ^ "Murder City Devils Set Up And Knock Down Seattle Hardcore On New Album". MTV.com. 1998-09-22. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Kathleen (2003-04-24). "Die Young Stay Angry". The Stranger. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  10. ^ a b Cosores, Phillip (2014-08-05). "Murder City Devils' screaming return is neither heaven nor hell". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  11. ^ Thiele, David (2000-06-28). "Rock Hurts". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  12. ^ Appleby, Ollie (2001-08-20). "Murder City Devils Cancel Tour". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  13. ^ Rosen, Allison M. (2001-09-27). "End of the Line". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  14. ^ Wilson, Kathleen (2001-09-27). "It's My Party". The Stranger. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  15. ^ a b Grandy, Eric (2009-02-02). "Rock and Roll Will Wait". The Stranger. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  16. ^ "The Blowout Schedule". Metro Times. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  17. ^ "DETROIT PROUD: The Oscillating Fan Club". CW Detroit. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  18. ^ Cribb, Daniel (2012-06-29). "Ancient Sekrets". Retrieved 2016-07-30.