Triple J has been lov­ing their sin­gle “Glad That You’re Gone” – a tune that’s im­pos­si­ble not to shout along to. Try to re­sist The Hard Aches...

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - BRIANA WOODWARD

The Hard Aches are hit­ting all the right notes with their sin­gle “Glad That You’re Gone” from the EP I Freak Out. The in­die punk-rock duo from Ade­laide, made up of vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Ben David and drum­mer Alex Up­ton, are cur­rently in the midst of a 21date tour and will hit up Mi­ami Tav­ern to­mor­row.

“We met through play­ing shows to­gether in dif­fer­ent bands,” David says of his band­mate. “I al­ways knew he was a re­ally good drum­mer.”

I Freak Out was pro­duced by the ac­claimed Lind­say Grav­ina, who has worked on tracks for heavy­weights such as The Liv­ing End, Thirsty Merc and Magic Dirt.

“We like a very or­ganic sound­ing record with big gui­tars and big drums, and Lind­say is renowned for that kind of thing,” David says. “He’s made records for many of the best Aus­tralian rock bands. It was an hon­our to work with him.”

David says the EP, which dropped in Au­gust, is a lit­tle on the sar­cas­tic side.

“As per most of our records, (the songs) are very self-dep­re­cat­ing, but not in a su­per-neg­a­tive way. The record we’re work­ing on now though is hope­fully a lot more pos­i­tive,” he says.

David and Up­ton are no strangers to life on the road, hav­ing slammed a re­lent­less tour­ing sched­ule for the past few years, play­ing venues as di­verse as carparks, yards, bed­rooms and record stores. Yet to­mor­row’s Mi­ami Tav­ern gig will be their first show on the Goldie.

“I love tour­ing; it’s re­ally my favourite thing in the whole en­tire world,” David says. “It feels like a hol­i­day. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to see new things and meet new peo­ple. You’re mak­ing best friends wher­ever you go. I’ve never looked at it as hard work.

“Ev­ery show is a party for us as well as for the au­di­ence.”

Ade­laide duo The Hard Aches make emo­tive, melody-driven punk rock.

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