With original guitarist Blackie and bassist Lee supplemented by new drummer Pete, the band cranks out 14 new punk-pop tunes with hook-filled melodies and metal guitars that bridge from Matthew Sweet type power-pop to harder-rock.Though there are many American touchstones for the band´s mid-tempo music (Ramones, Descendents, Mr. T Experience), there are also elements of the sort of UK rock bands that were lumped into late-70s punk/new-wave, e.g., Eddie & The Hot Rods, Bram Tchaikovsky, and Little Bob Story.To be sure, the Hard-Ons filtered these latter influences through the angst of `80s hardcore, but they picked up the energy of the latter, without losing the melody and Stones-ian rock `n´ roll of the former. Even as they trash away at their guitars for tracks like ´´Sunny´´ and ´´Olympic Diver,´´ they lay on falsetto harmonies as a counterpoint.Extra credit for the heavy-metal thunder of ´´(Every Time I Hear) Techno (I Pray for Death),´´ and its segue to the light-and-trippy ´´Breakfast Caramel.´´This is their second new album on the Chatterbox label since their return, licensed for US release by Bomp. Ltd. ed. Colored Vinyl.Tracklist:Side A:01 Sunny02 Punk Police03 Scared Of It All04 Killing Me05 Baka06 Olympic Diver07 Radio08 Cat's Got Your TongueSide B:01 Pimple Boy02 Taxi10 Race Track11 Caravan Man12 (Every Time I Hear) Techno (I Pray For Death)13 Breakfast Caramel14 Preservation Of A Wildcat
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