The Hasbros are an American indie alt/pop band formed in New York City. The band originally formed in the early 1980s. After growing pains, breakups and several personnel changes, the band finally clicked in 1986 when guitarist Bob Hanophy answered an ad seeking musicians playing sounds similar to his interests. It was at that audition that Bob realized that the guys he was jamming with didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. While they bickered between songs, Bob stood off to the side and played Black Flag riffs and was surprisingly joined by the band’s 6’7” bass player, Ken O’Connor. Bob left the audition and didn’t return their calls. After placing his own ad seeking musicians, Bob received a call from a cool-sounding bass player who, in as small a world as you can get in the NY Metro area, turned out to be O’Connor. Bob and Ken were soon joined behind the drum kit by Joe Gorelick. The Hanophy/O’Connor/Gorelick lineup played many NYC area shows, garnered favorable press reviews and gathered a small following.
The band opened for The Spin Doctors, They Might Be Giants and other leading acts in the NY club scene. Gorelick departed the band in 1992. Hanophy and O’Connor carried on for a bit until everyday life got in the way. Gorelick went on to tour extensively, first playing in King Missile on their Atlantic Record’s U.S. tour debut, then creating the popular emo-punk band trio Garden Variety, later joining Washington DC’s Bluetip, 5 records and multiple TV appearances with NYC trio Retisonic, (a UK tour with Springsteen’s faves) Marah, and finally releasing two critically acclaimed LP’s with Dischord records band Red Hare (ex-SWIZ).
Despite hectic schedules, The Hasbros reunited for a one-off show at NYC’s, “Arlene’s Grocery” in April of 2015, which sparked the band’s interest in recording a long-overdue LP. In 2017, the band, descended upon Obscenic Arts Studio in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, to work with Anthony Esposito (Ace Frehley, Lynch Mob, Red Dragon Cartel) to record the album, “Cart Before The Horse” which was released in April 2018. After garnering one favorable review after another for the LP, the band has begun recording its still-untitled follow LP, with the first single being dropped in January of 2020. That single, Turn it Around, represents what listeners can look forward to, in an exciting year to come.
SOURCE: Official Bio