I freakin’ love Hard-Ons. Their unabashed realness, their boyish charm, and their relentless, ongoing mission to produce music while keeping the cap of punk firmly on their heads means their 12th studio album is utterly awesome.
So I Could Have Them Destroyed continues the band’s 38-year punk pilgrimage with complete dedication.
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 with 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 a one-stop shop for a rollicking good time and show no signs of slowing down.