“This is The Hard Aches at their very best.” – Kill Your Stereo
“This second release shows a burgeoning maturity in the band’s sound and is definitely worth a listen.” – Overdrive Magazine
“Sometimes when you hear an album which wrestles with the issue of mental health, you get an overwhelming wish to just help that artist get through it, because you can’t see them doing it alone. Mess – the second full-length release from Adelaide duo The Hard Aches – feels different.” – Stack Magazine
Adelaide’s indie-punk duo, The Hard Aches release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Mess out now via Anchorhead. To celebrate the release of Mess, The Hard Aches will be kicking off their biggest national headline tour today supported by Antonia and the Lazy Susans and Sincerely, Grizzly.
The Hard Aches teamed up with Melbourne producer Sam Johnson at this studio Holes & Corners, having admired his work over the last few years on records with Camp Cope, The Smith Street Band,and The Bennies. After 3 long weeks and many late nights, the team had crafted 12 new tracks. Following some deliberation, the reigns were handed to grammy award winning engineer William Bowden, who imparted his mastering expertise on the record.
Mess is a collection of songs inspired by the people around Ben and Alex and the experiences they’ve shared together or apart. The album was written with a focus on mental health in a hopeful and positive light.
Ben David talks about the album, “Our brand-new album Mess is a collection of songs inspired by the people around us and the experiences we’ve all shared together or apart. Written with a focus on mental health in a hopeful and positive light. This album is sonically (and creatively) the best representation of us as a band, the album we’ve been working towards creating through years of touring and making music.”
Mess features guest vocal parts from Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq, The Bennies’ Craig Selak, and Long Island’s own Jeff Rosenstock, who happened to be in the country for Melbourne’s yearly punk rock festival, the Poison City Weekender.
NEW WORLD ARTISTS & ANCHORHEAD PRESENT
MESS ALBUM TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
ANTONIA AND THE LAZY SUSANS + SINCERELY, GRIZZLY
FRIDAY 13 APRIL – CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
Supported By Face Face
SATURDAY 14 APRIL – THE GOV, ADELAIDE
Supported By Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
Supported By Azim Zain & His Lovely Bones
THURSDAY 19 APRIL – THE CAMBRIDGE, NEWCASTLE
Supported By Hey Lady!
FRIDAY 20 APRIL – OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY
Supported By Nothing Rhymes With David
SATURDAY 21 APRIL – THE ZOO, BRISBANE
Supported By Emmy Hour
TUESDAY 24 APRIL – JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
Supported By JOYS
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