Tyler Stock, Ari Shellist, and Tom Hipchen have been writing music and performing together for 8+ years. The trio met in a college
jazz ensemble while attending University of Missouri and quickly began playing in bands together. The trio formed The Laughing Hearts in 2017 after returning to their hometown of Chicago.
The Laughing Hearts’ music channels the energy of classic rock ‘n‘ roll and the songwriting sensibilities of modern pop. Coming from a city known for raucous rock shows — from the likes of Twin Peaks, Post Animal, or Dehd — the trio complements insightful songs with a dynamic sound and fiery live performances.
The band prolifically plays in Chicago, most recently headlining Hideout Inn and performing at Schubas for a special concert series co–hosted by Audiotree and These Days Magazine. The group’s music is produced by member Ari Shellist and the band recorded Fast & Free at Palisade Studios (formerly Decade Studios) with engineer Alex Burns (Beyoncé, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, and many more). This will be the band’s second EP after a series of singles and their self–titled EP released in December 2017.