Q&A Scene: Blackie

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Album number 4 “Clearly You Didn’t Like The Show” is a stripped back affair.. Previous album was jam packed (yes even a kitchen sink in a track) so.. This one just guitar and singing with a little bit of keys. Nina Bellersheim sings too on some songs too..

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Man what a stoopid question … Don’t feel like answering but.. Would have to be vegetarian and cruelty free!

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
Probably the track the album opens with.. History Jack.. Bout my dear dad

Have you been touring much? Any on the road anecdotes?
I’ve just come back from a 7 week 44 shows in 46 days tour of Europe! Now about to hit the road in australia.. I love to play .. Loads of stories and will share on stage … So….. :-)

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Mainly the absolute joy and sheer pleasure from music!

What’s next for you?
Too early to announce but… I’m gonna attempt to release a song a day next year …

What’s your scene?
Don’t have one..

About Blackie


The world-renown rampaging lead-guitarist, vocalist and song-writer from Australian underground legends The Hard-ons introduces album number four. A staggering achievement especially considering the breakneck speed with which Peter Black has spawned his opuses.

An electric and mythical performer whose sweaty no holds-barred bare-chested pillage through any live set always left any audience stunned goes over the intimate edge: weaving in and out of often cryptic stories, haunting, intensely personal signatures of grand proportions, hand- crafted by a shirtless taxi driver (ahem, Phillip Glass drove cabs too), all the while holding music industry orthodoxies in contempt, AND without a cumbersome drummer nor bass player in proximity.

Since the initial purge of solo ideas that was debut album “Break Bread With the Mono-Brows”, the improvement in Peter Black’s vocal ability has been exemplary. Furthermore, a deliberately measured and minimalist approach instrumentally goes to highlight the brilliant song-craft, which has always been in evidence with Peter Black’s electric amplified combos. On “Clearly You Didn’t Like The Show” it is his song writing that has been hoisted upon a well-deserved and well-achieved pedestal. A great song is a great song, peel away the layers and see.

Witness: Live favourite “Just For A Second”. A power-pop tune with trademark Peter Black insistence and hook, “Just For A Second”, with meaty acoustic barre chords backing a superb melody that, dare one say it, could have been written for the Hard-ons. Then again, it could have been written for Alex Chilton. A great song is a great song.

An ingredient in Hard-ons’ recorded output that is not really detectable is pathos. On “Clearly You Didn’t Like The Show” welcome pathos pervades the album delightfully. Witness: “History Jack”, a track about his father. Achingly personal and reflective, it is a gossamer delicate ode to a part of Peter Black’s life that is not on public display. Unexpected perhaps, but unsurprising; left-hand turns have been the order of the day since Peter Black began his long career as a composer.

“Clearly You Didn’t like The Show” is stockpiled with such fine moments. Clearly a backward step artistically is out of the question for Peter Black. Clearly, Peter Black has well and truly arrived as a composer and a solo performer.

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