The Innocent

The Innocent

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Smart, well-crafted songs with a pop/rock sensibility. If Jakob Dylan and Ryan Adams had a kid who grew up to sing for Augustana... strong performance as a full band and sincerely intimate as a solo acoustic act. Unforgettable hooks with melodies that kill (and have killed. ok not really).


"The Innocent" is headed by Michael Hardey, a talented, up and coming singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. Hardey has burst onto the Chicago music scene in a big way with his debut solo effort, "The Innocent EP" (debuting in the CMJ Top 200 charts). The live shows (which have been compared to Elliot Smith and Paul Westerberg) are unforgettable; full band, bleeding heartfelt melodies and catchy hooks, or intimately solo acoustic. The Innocent has brought in large draws at some of Chicago and the Midwest's most popular venues.
-'The Innocent EP' has received national radio airplay, and has been featured on the 93.1 WXRT program "Local Anesthetic" in Chicago.
-Called one of the 5 "Best Emerging Artists of 2008" by
-"Some very fine songwriting...vocalist Michael Hardey's voice is, as Neil Young said, 'as real as the day is long.' Welcome to some strong, new music in Chicago!" -Richard Milne, WXRT 93.1
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The West Coast

Written By: The Innocent

Ive been slipping around your finger,
I've been wanting to get out of here.
Pack my bags, get to moving out,
Get to feeling right, get to feeling low.

Thought you said you were lonely,
I found you in the sun - in the sun...
Thought you said you were lonely,
With both hands on the gun- here it comes.

Stop breathing - where's the time go?
So you're leaving now for the West Coast?
So long since you've been sleeping ,
I've been sleeping too but I've been dreaming...

Bridge- So long for long summers,
And all night drives.
So long for sweet lovers,
All you;ve got it all I want.



The Innocent EP:
'Beautiful Lie', 'The West Coast' and 'Don't You' have received extensive national radio airplay, most notably on 93.1 WXRT and 720 WGN in Chicago and have been featured on several music blogs and Internet / Satellite radio stations.

Set List

All original songs. Set lists vary depending on if the show is acoustic or full band.
There is enough original material for both to easily cover 45min- 90min.