HARD-ONS GROWTH SPURT!
Legendary Aussie punk trio THE HARD-ONS have announced that they are now a “permanent” four-piece, with the return of original drummer/singer Keish De Silva.
Rejoining guitarist Peter ‘Blackie’ Black and bassist Ray Ahn, Keish will front the band while current sticksman Murray Ruse remains in place.
In a Facebook post on the announcement of Melbourne and Sydney shows in May, Ray said, “I always liked Keish, since primary school. He knew he was always welcome back to the Hard-Ons. He brings with him back to the band special talents beyond vocals. We will not be playing nostalgia sets, as we did for the 30th Anniversary shows in 2014. We are getting together a set for this line-up that will take into consideration a few old tracks from the past, and brand new material written for and knocked into shape together as the 4 piece. We are all pretty keen to move into a new phase of the Hard-ons.”
Formed at school in the Western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, the Hard-Ons broke out of the mid-80s Aussie underground scene, earning considerable popularity in Europe and the U.S., with their ‘Girl In The Sweater’ becoming an Aussie punk evergreen. Splitting in ’94, they reunited three years late before Keish quit in 2001. The Hard-Ons released their most recent album Peel Me Like A Egg in 2014. It’s available to buy through Boss Tuneage.
Check out ‘Girl In The Sweater’.