Hard-Ons’ Blackie and Tim Rogers: “it’s almost like ‘Hard-Ons Plus’ now”

(Image credit: Michelle Young)

Hell hath no fury like the Hard-Ons. Though the epochal Aussie punks had a rough start to the year – what with touring off the cards, a long‑gestating doco axed right after it bagged funding, and their perennial frontman ousted after misconduct allegations surfaced – the band trotted on, chins held high and guitars clutched tightly. And now, the Hard‑Ons are arguably in the best shape they’ve ever been – and not just because shredder Peter ‘Blackie’ Black is a personal trainer by trade.

Rejuvenated with new vocalist Tim Rogers – who you may also know from his 30-odd years leading You Am I, or his show-stopping solo work – the Hard-Ons are at their fiercest and fieriest right now. They’re also at their poppiest, making full use of Rogers’ melodically strong vocal chops, and his knack for cranking out danceable bangers like Cadbury churns out Crunchie bars. And it’s important to note, this isn’t “the Hard‑Ons featuring Tim Rogers” – this is the Hard‑Ons, cut and dry, in their most authentic form yet. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…