Hard-Ons Are Back For A Rollicking Good Time

Hard-Ons Are Back For A Rollicking Good Time

I friggin’ love Hard-Ons. Their unabashed realness, their boyish charm, and their relentless, ongoing mission to produce music that is as engaging as it can be while keeping the cap of punk firmly on their heads means their 12th studio album is completely and utterly awesome. So I Could Have Them Destroyed continues the band’s 38-year punk pilgrimage with complete, utter, amazing dedication.

The Hard-Ons cut through with their own wicked personality and though I remain blissfully naïve as to what the phrase ‘a whole lot of tooth’ actually means (assuming it’s something to do with getting a fist in the face), the song of the same name is raucous, rebellious, and jam-packed full of unapologetic Hard-Ons energy. Indeed, the album falls on its own head with such a rabid force that tracks like ‘Float’ come apart with sheer aggressive rock. Are Hard-Ons channelling their inner Lemmy? Might well be, this is the standout track and the most ferocious performance we’ve heard from the band in recent memory.

Keish de Silva took over the vocals from Peter “Blackie” Black three years ago and his delicate tones come with a crunch on this release. De Silva now has command but that doesn’t mean he is an overbearing figure, he just plasters a smile on your face. Oh yeah, smiling isn’t punk in the traditional sense of the word, but take a listen to ‘Do The Bunk’ and ‘Harder And Harder’ and you’ll see what I mean. Harder and harder, indeed, Hard-Ons are the one-stop-shop for a rollicking good time and don’t show signs of slowing up.

4/5
Music Farmers / Inertia
Reviewed by Anna Rose