A staggering 30 years after their inaugural live concert at the Vulcan Hotel in Ultimo, Sydney, the Hard-ons have delivered to the world a mesmerising document of their current incarnation. Witness: PEEL ME LIKE A EGG.
An unusual Hard-ons album to be sure, PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is a concise (13 tracks, 30 minutes) explosion of mega-rock riffage (“Burning up on Re-entry”), epic black metal (“Ain’t got no guardian angel”), moody and lush pop (“Close to the ground”), new-wave pop (Clumsy little oaf I am”) and (perhaps the Hard-ons’ most famous trait) volatile and catchy power-pop (“Shadow Shelf”).
PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is the Hard-ons’ first album with current drummer Murray Ruse. Incredibly it also features original drummer/vocalist Keish de Silva on backing vocals. Together they contribute in turn propulsive, unhinged and exciting rhythm and lush melodic elements. Paradoxically, PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is the Hard-ons’ most adventurous yet accessible album to date – precisely because of the serious lack of fluff. Every note, every roll, and every crackle is made accountable on this album, and every contribution is completely unwasted, no doubt due to the ridiculously experienced nature of Blackie’s monolithic song-writing and the band’s musicianship, as well as the explosive and dynamic production from award-winning producer Chris Townend (Silverchair, Portishead) with whom the boys have had a relationship that spans over two decades.
The 30 minutes of power-punching is housed in a glorious and surreal sleeve designed by the artist-in-residence, bassist Ray Ahn. PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is a diamond hard documentation of perhaps the most unusual and long lasting underground rock career in Australia. Show-casing bare-chested glory AND clear, concise studio concepts, PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is yet another essential check-point in an utterly unique and superb talent that is the Hard-ons.
Now, even BETTER news. Back from an incredible sojourn of Buenos Aires where the band played to over 800 fans over two shows, the Hard-ons are launching the above-mentioned album over two glorious nights. Show-cased will be tunes from their entire career with highlights sure to be tracks from the brain-melting “PEEL ME LIKE A EGG” opus!
Friday, 24th April 2015
Brisbane, Crowbar – QLD
guests: Goon On The Rocks & Walken
Satruday, 25th April 2015
Melbourne, The Tote Hotel – VIC
guests: Chainsaw Hookers, Batpiss, Flour