The Hard-ons play at the Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on their 30th Anniversary tour, 8pm, Thursday June 19.
Within a proverbial blink of an eye, the legendary punk / pop / metal / psych hybrid Sydney band the Hard-ons turns 30 in 2014. To be precise, on the 21st of July 2014 the middle-aged yet brilliant trio will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their inaugural public appearance. In 1984, on that day, the multiracial band of bare-chested teenage misfits climbed onto a pub stage for the first time. It is fair to say, they have not looked
On surface, the Hard-ons were doomed: a Croat, Sri-Lankan and a Korean collectively Playing pop, punk AND metal music at impossible volume and velocity at a dark prehistoric time when fascist punks and elitist indie snobs ruled the roost in Sydney,
the Hard-ons paradoxically survived and thrived once they crawled out of the primal Punchbowl ooze.precisely because of their initially perceived unattractiveness. The one thing Australians love is an underdog. Another thing the Australians love is somebody who has a red hot go. The Hard-ons were underdogs personified and they had a huge go. Unburdened by any sense of prefabricated style nor scene-specific sound, the teenaged Hard-ons let loose upon the bewildered and unsuspecting underground music scene with their previously unthinkable mix of punk, metal, garage, thrash and bubblegum pop! Their shows were and still are, wildly unpredictable action-packed affairs, providing ear-shredding volume and an upliftingly
beautiful gaggle of melodies in equal measure!
To celebrate this milestone of 30th anniversary, the Hard-ons welcome the temporary return to the band, original member Keish de Silva. Together, as a four piece consisting of original members Peter “Blackie” Black, Ray Ahn, Keish de Silva as well
as current member Murray Ruse, the Hard-ons will for the first and last time in their career, tour the breadth of Australia and play entire sets consisting of only songs fromtheir first incarnation pre-initial break-up; the years spanning 1984-1993! The set whichthe Hard-ons will play will be made up entirely of songs most requested by their fansfrom an on-line fan opinion poll! This first formative decade had given the band a record 17 consecutive number 1s on the Australian alternative charts, as well as several notable hits abroad. Never finding nostalgia anything but distasteful, the Hardons have however rightly succumbed to the need to pat themselves on their collective backs for a job well done in the past 30 years, the 6 years when the band was inuncertain hiatus (1994-1999) notwithstanding, AS WELL as give something unique and special back to their unwavering loyal fans. Make no mistake: these upcoming shows will be never-to-be-repeated historical events.
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