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 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.