After last year’s release of the standalone single Brain Drain and a sold-out tour, Adelaide's indie-punk duo, The Hard Aches announce details of their sophomore album, Mess out April 13 via Anchorhead.
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The duo 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 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.
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.”
The Hard Aches unveil brand new single also titled, Mess. “We’re not burning out, We’re not burning out”. Mess, the first single from our forthcoming album comes from a place of hope, a feeling of knowing that everything is going to be ok regardless of how hard it might be sometimes. “We’re not burning out”. It's always way too easy to feel like you’ve burned out whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally, this is a constant reminder to recharge.” explains Ben David.
In April, The Hard Aches will be back on road to support Mess on a national album tour playing their biggest venues to date. They’ll be supported on all dates by the Blue Mountain’s best punk band, Antonia and the Lazy Susans and old friends Sincerely, Grizzly.