After last year’s release of the standalone single Brain Drain and a sold-out tour, Adelaide’s indie-punk duo, The Hard Aches are releasing their sophomore album, Mess out next week (April 13 via Anchorhead) and will be touring nationally to support the album.
We caught up with the band to talk about their Top Five Fave Guitarists.
Billy Bragg – Billy was the first guitar/singer/songwriter I fell in love with. The way he made an electric guitar sound on his early recordings really resonated with me. Billy inspired me to play and to play the way that I wanted because that’s how I wanted to. I was definitely lucky to be bought up on a strict music diet of Billy. Now in my more grown up (mature?) years I’m constantly being inspired to say something more with my music this I can thank Billy (and strummer) of course.
Johnny Ramone – The first songs I ever played, the first songs I ever performed in a band were the Ramones. Johnny’s no bullshit approach to playing guitar spoke to a young rebellious me. I could play the songs and even figure them out all by myself when I could barely play a 2-string power chord. Long live RAMONES.
Tom Petty – Greatest songwriter of all time? Yeah, I think so. Simple, meaningful and beautiful songs. I wasn’t exposed to Toms music until my late teens but it was an instant connection for me. Writing songs in a way that would be as strong and as powerful with an acoustic guitar (or piano) and a voice as they would be with a big band. This just made sense to me. I carry a lot of Toms wisdom with me every song I play.
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – The perfect duo. They complement each other’s guitars playing like no one else. I love a lot of country music and these two are at the top of the list for me. Although I haven’t ever tried to learn their stuff, they are one of the few that get me so hyped on guitar playing every time I hear it.
Stuart Adamson (Big Country) – I’ve been exposed to Big Country’s music ALOT throughout my life. It was one of those bands that as a kid I always asked my dad to change when it was playing but as time went on I fell deep into Big Country’s extensive back catalogue. The TONES, the fucking TONES. Taking traditional folk style songs to electric guitars and (in my opinion) one of the best rhythm sections of all time. I think my riffs are very inspired by Stuarts guitar playing.
The Hard Aches hit the road on tour, catch them at a venue near you.
MESS ALBUM TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
ANTONIA AND THE LAZY SUSANS + SINCERELY, GRIZZLY
FRIDAY 13 APRIL – CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 14 APRIL – THE GOV, ADELAIDE
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
THURSDAY 19 APRIL – THE CAMBRIDGE, NEWCASTLE
FRIDAY 20 APRIL – OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY
SATURDAY 21 APRIL – THE ZOO, BRISBANE
TUESDAY 24 APRIL – JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH