The Hard Aches

Live Review: The Hard Aches bring Mess loud and proud to Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory

April 25, 2018

On Friday night, the art space otherwise known as Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney was busy and buzzing for the Mess album launch tour for The Hard Aches, the two-piece from Adelaide. Forgetting how bad parking was in Darlinghurst but playing it off as being fashionably late, I dragged my two friends along to the […]

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Interview: The Hard Aches’ Mess is more than a rock album, it’s a conversation starter

April 10, 2018

This weekend, The Hard Aches embark on what is quite the highly anticipated album tour – the first presentation of their sophomore record Mess. As has become an intergral part of his songwriting, Ben David delves into personal territory and tread an emotional terrain that, particularly in the Australian rock scene, has long been considered murky and off-brand. […]

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The Hard Aches finally drop sophomore album details & new tour dates!

January 31, 2018

The Hard Aches‘ debut album was easily one of the best releases to come out of South Australia in 2017; hard hitting, evocative and endlessly entertaining with each playback, the duo presented a studio album that threw their band into the hearts of fans around the country, while landing The Hard Aches a solid amount […]

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The Hills Are Alive announces Cloud Control, Amy Shark and more for 2017 festival

February 8, 2017

The hills are definitely going to be alive in South Gippsland in March. The 9th annual ‘Festival of Friends’ and the line-up for The Hills Are Alive is all killer, no filler. For three days, the farm comes alive with music, comedians, food, field games, and for the really committed, free camping. Featuring the likes of Cloud Control, Dope Lemon, Amy […]

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Live Review: The Front Bottoms + The Hard Aches + Alex The Kid – Amplifier Bar, Perth (20.01.17)

January 24, 2017

I never feel more surrounded by familial like elation than in the throes of an indie punk rock crowd and Friday night was no exception. Starting off their headline tour in Perth, their first Australian show in two years, The Front Bottoms brought in a horde of dedicated fans, ready to jump around to that […]

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NGAIIRE, Camp Cope, Tash Sultana take multiple nominations in this year’s AU Awards!

December 9, 2016

With just a few weeks left in 2016, the Australian music industry is by no means slowing down and heading into any type of hibernation for the holidays. With our summer festival season just ramping up, the last few months seem to have been all about celebrating some amazing talent doing amazing things both in the studio […]

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Live Review: The Hard Aches + Foley + Self Talk + Max Quinn – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (21.10.16)

October 23, 2016

The bands at Northcote Social club on Friday night exemplified the flow-through influence of the pop-punk movement, from mellow Max Quinn to Adelaide duo The Hard Aches. Associating Max Quinn with punk might be a bit of a reach, but the combination of simple, chorus-y guitars and sweet vocals reminds me of pop-punk stalwarts Modern […]

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Acts You Must Check Out at the Yours & Owls Festival This Weekend!

September 29, 2016

North Wollongong’s Stuart Park is about to be turned out with this year’s Yours & Owls Festival taking place over the long weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see a great line up of Australian and international talent take part; some well known to Australian music fans, some visiting this area of the NSW coast for the first time. Below […]

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Live Review: Stonecutters (Night #1) Queens Theatre, Adelaide (16.09.16)

September 20, 2016

Adelaide’s hard rocking mini festival Stonecutters returned for its second year, boasting a colossal line-up of the loudest and loosest bands going around. Held over two days in Adelaide’s Queen’s Theatre, the gathering doubled in size since its last romp, playing host to local, national and international bands. Local lads Larsen kicked off night one, […]

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Ben David of The Hard Aches (Adelaide) on touring, new EP I Freak Out and more!

September 20, 2016

Hailing from Radelaide, The Hard Aches are a pair of dudes who’ve been voraciously touring across the country for the past few years. With honest lyrics and insatiable live energy, the duo are picking up acclaim from both Australia and abroad, ahead of their anticipated EP, I Freak Out. We caught up with Ben David, […]

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Dune Rats, The Bennies, Alex Lahey…hit ‘play’ & plan for the Stonecutters two-dayer in Adelaide!

September 14, 2016

Okay, so last year, the crew at 5/4 Entertainment threw one hell of a party within the hallowed walls of the Freemasons Hall in Adelaide. It was raucous, featuring some amazing local rock and punk talent and it was quite obvious that it was setting a high bar for any similar event to follow. This weekend, […]

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The I Love Life Festival returns in 2016, headlined by The Bennies!

June 23, 2016

The wildly successful mini-festival I Love Life is coming back strong this year, taking over the Manning Bar in Sydney and The Triffid in Brisbane this September! Helmed by The Smith Street Band and Poison City Records in its first year back in 2015, the festival brought out ridiculously large numbers (perhaps unsurprisingly), and this year […]

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Yours & Owls come out swinging with one huge festival line up for October

June 14, 2016

Well, they promised it would be bigger. They promised it would be better. And in 2016 – the Yours & Owls crew have certainly delivered on the above in pulling together what is easily one of our favourite festival line ups we’ve seen yet. Some of the country’s best (not to mention some rad international […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2015: Part Two – 30 to 21

December 17, 2015

We continue our countdown of best albums of the year, as voted by the AU review’s contributors… If you want to look back at the first ten on the list, head HERE. 30. Justin Bieber – Purpose “This was a surprising one for me. There seems to still be a stigma around vibing on this […]

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The 40 Best Songs of 2015: Part One – 40 to 31

December 15, 2015

Yes, that time of the year is here where we look back at our favourite songs from all around the world. Every day for the rest of the week we’ll be bringing you 10 more tracks to complete our collection of the 40 best songs of the year, as voted by our contributors. Here we […]

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Live Review: Bad//Dreems + Special Patrol + The Hard Aches – Fat Controller, Adelaide (11.12.15)

December 12, 2015

It’s been a fairly solid year for Bad//Dreems – as I write this, the boys prepare for a festival set at Port Macquarie’s Festival of the Sun. Last night, however, they performed their final headline show of the year to one of the more ruthless crowds I’ve been a part of in some time. Hosting […]

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