Following the release of the once-seen-never-unseen video for latest single Apartment For Two and the completion of their 20th European tour, The Hard-Ons today release their 14th studio album ‘Ripper ’23’.
Coming on the back of the crazy success of their last album – the 2021’s #4 ARIA Album charting ‘I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken’ – ‘Ripper ’23’ is available on standard black and a number of limited edition coloured vinyl pressings, as well as CD, cassette and digital formats.
While ‘I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken’ was the first record made by the band’s current line-up, ‘Ripper ’23’ is the first one made from start to finish by the current line-up. New kid/old fan Tim Rogers came on board when most of the songs were already written last time; this time he’s been involved from the start.
‘Ripper ’23’ is 100% Hard-Ons though, which means that, like the cheap and nasty TV-advertised ’70s hits compilation the album takes its title and cover art inspiration from, it is all over the shop (in a good way), highlighting the group’s stylistic versatility. From the punky attack of first single Apartment For Two to the big balls riffing of In Falls Everything, the record is shot through with big hooks and a surging sonic power along with some sweet production touches.
The Hard-Ons’ Ripper ’23 Tour kicks off June 26 and takes in Ballarat, Torquay, Melbourne, Castlemaine, Wollongong, Sydney, Maroochydore, Brisbane and the Gold Coast before the band heads off for their 20th European tour.
HARD-ONS RIPPER ’23 TOUR
22/6 – Volta, Ballarat – TICKETS
23/6 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay – TICKETS
24/6 – Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne – TICKETS
25/6 – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine – TICKETS
30/6 – La La La’s, Wollongong – TICKETS
1/7 – Crowbar, Sydney – TICKETS
6/7 – Solbar, Maroochydore – TICKETS
7/7 – The Brightside, Brisbane – TICKETS
8/7 – Vinnie’s Dive, Gold Coast – TICKETS
With thanks to Dave Laing Publicity