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 back.


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 from their first incarnation 
pre-initial break-up; the years spanning 1984-1993! The set which the 
Hard-ons will play will be made up entirely of songs most requested by their 
fans from 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 Hard-ons 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 in uncertain 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.
 
To help celebrate this occasion the Hard-ons will have in tow a brand-new 2CD remaster/reissue set of their major-label breakthrough album "Yummy" as well as a split 7" single with Australian jazz legends "The Necks" (!!!). Never to rest on their laurels, the band will have available three more split 7" singles AND a BRAND NEW album with the current line-up just after the tour as well!!! It is reassuring and refreshing to reflect upon an utterly unique Australian musical career. The Hard-ons are proof that you don't have to get high rotation on radio nor be flavor of the month to have a fruitful and eventful career in music. You just have to have talent. And to have a go.

Stephen Ahn
The bassplayer's brother


HARD-ONS 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES

Thursday 29th May 2014
Adelaide, Enigma Bar - SA
Tix www.moshtix.com.au

Friday, 30th May 2014
Bunbury, Prince of Wales - WA
Tix www.showticketing.com.au

Saturday, 31st May 2014
Margaret River, Augusta Margaret River Football Club - WA
Tix www.showticketing.com.au

Sunday, 1st June 2014
Fremantle, Railway Hotel - WA
Tix www.showticketing.com.au

Monday, 2nd June 2014
Perth, Astor Rocks @ The Astor Theatre - WA
Tix www.showticketing.com.au

Thursday 5th June 2014
Newcastle, Small Ballroom - NSW
Tix www.oztix.com.au

Friday 6th June 2014
Penrith, Tattersalls Hotel - NSW

Saturday 7th June 2014
Sydney, Manning Bar - NSW
Tix www.manningbar.com

Thursday 12th June 2014
Ballarat, Karova Lounge - VIC
Tix www.oztix.com.au

Friday 13th June 2014
Geelong, The Wool Exchange - VIC
Tix www.oztix.com.au

Saturday 14th June 2014
Melbourne, Corner Hotel - VIC
Tix www.cornerhotel.com

Sunday 15th June 2014
Castlemaine, Bridge Hotel - VIC
Tix www.oztix.com.au

Thursday 19th June 2014
Byron Bay, The Northern - NSW
Tix www.thenorthern.oztix.com.au

Friday 20th June 2014
Coolangatta, Coolangatta Hotel - QLD
Tix www.coolyhotel.oztix.com.au

Saturday 21st June 2014
Brisbane, Prince of Wales - QLD
Tix www.oztix.com.au


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