Tammy "Gun" Moran
Bullet Proof Hearts is a band born out of desire. These four talented musicians have come
together from a variety of influences converging on a single passion, and this passion is what makes the music they create extraordinary, singular, and simultaneously relevant, the logical progression rock ‘n’ roll sorely needs at this pause in music, during this painful evolution, during this silence and moment of mania. The passion that knits the sounds and persons of Bullet Proof Hearts together—the je ne se quoi if you will—is a deep and encyclopedic knowledge (understanding?) of the music that came before them, technical know how, and, most significantly, an obvious need to make music and say the things that need to be said.
The music couldn’t be better. The sound embodies a style of hard driving rock with hooky
guitars and puts them right at home in the underground rock genre. Some might say punk. Some might say alternative. We say essential because Bullet Proof Hearts is a song-orientated band with plenty of melody hooks. All of their songs are catchy, easy to sing along to, and easy to
remember combining the members’ love of classic punk rock and power pop to produce its
distinctive, loud assault. The songs are full of influence and a pensive rage ready to be unleashed, but unlike a lot of sloppy music the emotion is harnessed rather than splashed out in swathes of shit-brown, tear-stained streaks. The musicianship is precise instead of adequate, the writing is proficient instead of sloppy and inconsequential. The band aspires to much more than simple songs played
earnestly; this band seeks to create on the same terms by which all great music is fashioned…
with skill, vision and need. And they do.
The experience of BPH's band members may prove them to be an ideal lineup for such a band. The four members teamed up in 2011 and have been working at full-throttle ever since to create
important music in the service of joining the immortal conversation in rock that has been written and recorded during the last half-century plus for those of us fortunate ones who have been present to hear.
Bullet Proof Hearts has played with such bands as T.S.O.L., The Vibrators, The Weirdos, Supersuckers,
Cheetah Chrome, The Humpers, Rikk Agnew, The Magnolias, and many others.
The members of Bullet Proof Hearts’ past bands are deeply steeped in the
Midwest Underground scene:
Kevin Moran—Guitar & Vocals: Nuns With Guns, The Criminals, New Ave. Kings.
Mark Blackman—Drums: No Heroes, Apathy, Nuns With Guns, Bad Luck Charm.
Tammy Gun—Bass: Chicken Hawks, Blue Collar Bravado, Vermins, Take Agent.
Aaron Schmitz—Guitar: The Rundowns, The Upsets.